Given some of the disappointment and my moral disagreements with a few things that I've been learning about the Roloffs (Jeremy's racist and homophobic comments, Amy's promotion of Focus on the Family), I really need someone to like on the show, someone who I am not constantly disappointed in when I learn more about what they believe and how they carry themselves.
She was on the show Monday night for one brief segment (I'll take what I can get!). She is the Roloffs friend, Jen Montzingo. Unfortunately in the scene where she arrives at the Roloffs "remodeled" home, she arrived with the awful Jacob Mueller. Oh well, you win some and you lose some! ;-)
She has a blog that I enjoy reading:
I wish Little People, Big World would devote at least one segment to Jen as they have done in the past with some of the other friends on the show. Jen's blog occasionaly deals with some of the issues LP's face that aren't really discussed on the show anymore. In fairness to the Roloffs and TLC, I think fame has made some of those experiences for the Roloffs obsolete. For example, Jen puts it into perspective sometimes when she blogs about her experiences shopping or going to a movie. It's more than just the gawkers, it's people that make comments and treat her as though she's not really a person. Parents and kids that come up to her and want her to speak to them because she is just so....different? I try to imagine dealing with that every day. Running to the bank machine and you're constantly treated as though you're not really a person. I think Jen, who I sense has a good handle on it and doesn't let it bother her too much, does a good job of explaining some of the frustrations. She comes across as such an easy person to relate to; it's unfortunate that some people are so hung up on appearances.
Jen also has a blog about personal faith and struggles with religion. I have very similar views to Jen. Considering Amy's support of Focus on the Family on her link page and Jeremy and his friends' mocking behavior towards gay people, I found it incredibly refreshing to know that at least one friend of the Roloffs share some of the same views that I do. I'll quote briefly from her blog.
"I have really struggled with my faith over the past year or so. Actually, when I think about it I really haven’t doubted God so much as I have lost a great deal of faith in church. I probably too-obviously hint about it and then try to act coy like no one gets it. But this boy-loving girl just doesn’t understand why the Christian world at large is sometimes so-hateful toward my boy friends that like boys. I get that this isn’t a big issue for everyone and I probably make it a bigger issue than it needs to be, but I just want to scream when I feel people make God out to be a hate-monger. But I really do pick fights and need to confess that, both to my Dad and to everyone else. This probably has something to do with some lacking area in my own life, things I am working through. I think the frustration with church (not a specific church mind you, but the American church at large) buts up and juxtaposes itself against coming to terms with my own issues (abuse, parents divorce and remarriage, etc…things that are just too painful and not appropriate for a public blog). I am in counseling and thriving, which is a testament enough! :) I am fighting with the idea of institutionalized religion and authority, and I’m sure I’ll work through it and come to terms with it."
She also has another blog/article about the hurt that certain derogatory words inflict and why mocking people who are different is so deplorable. I think that relates to a lot of the points I've tried to make in the past about Jeremy's comments. Different words, but same concept.