The following is a letter that was recently sent to Amy Roloff. It is relevant to many of the issues and concerns that have been raised on this page. It is an accurate representation of what many people have felt following the National Enquirer article revealing Jeremy's racist and homophobic slurs on-line and Amy's website link to Focus on the Family. The author of the letter granted us permission to share her letter on this with you. To this date, Dec 4, 2008, the author reports that she has not received a response from Amy Roloff.
Amy... I do not wish to be unfair...
I also wish that you and your family had a good Thanksgiving.
I might as well be totally honest with you...
When I was a child I went to the circus with my papa in Paris, France-- Where I was born and raised. This was in the early 70's-- so I am dating myself!
The circus had an act that was performed by little people-- and truly-- I now know that the opportunities LP have had over the years has been something which has evolved-- even in the time span from the 70's until now. Looking back, I wonder if this was the best way they could make a living to support themselves and I deplore that fact.
The act scared me-- and I carried a slight fear of little people into my adulthood.
When your television program came on TLC I was happy to be able to watch it and rid myself of that foolish fear. I sincerly enjoyed season one-- and really grew to like and admire you. I thought you were the kind of woman I would want as a friend.
I saw in you a kinship of sorts. I am also a strong woman... And I love my children and I love being a mom.
I cried when you told of how you feared they would take your children away from you when you were pregnant. I couldn't imagine such a thing and I am grateful to you for opening my eyes to what must have been a very real fear of yours.
The very fact that you had to fear losing something and someone you loved over something you had absolutely no control over really bothered me...
Just like I think it should bother you that things like Proposition 8 was passed in California. Yes, I know that the voters have spoken... But I wonder if, put to a vote in the south in 1954-- how school integration would have faired (Brown versus Board of Education). I also wonder what the Germans might have voted in the 1940's regarding the Jews, the Catholics, the little people and the gays-- amongst others who were exterminated.
Would the fact that the people in the south might have voted school integration down make it any less of the 'right thing to do' that it was? Had the Germans voted to kill millions of people in the concentration camps -- would that have made the Holocaust OK? Of course not....
I do not believe that a gay person chooses to be gay any more than you chose to be a little person-- or an African American person chose to be black.
I was particularly offended and put off when the National Enquirer exposed your son Jeremy's My Space page-- filled with hate speech. I was even more put off by your families lack of an appropriate response.
I do not expect this issue to have been dealt with on the show-- that is not necessarily the focus of it-- but I did expect something.
I have teenage sons. I understand the challenges that come with raising them-- and I FULLY understand the 'pick your battles' stance that parents have to take. Perhaps you did address this-- as I hope and pray you did-- anti-hate is always a battle worth waging.
The main reason I contacted you via your website was your link to Focus on the Family. Personally, I find it incredulous that someone who wishes to encourage tolerance and understanding does not display this same trait.
In a nutshell-- I just don't understand.
I would like a reply, but don't really expect one.
Sincerely, A***** M*****