Saturday, December 6, 2008

Open invitation to Jeremy Roloff for a question and answer interview

We've received some feedback from people that feel it's unfair to talk about some issues that we've discussed on this page, because Jeremy Roloff is not here to have his say and explain his side of things.

Recently, some members of the Roloff family have done interviews with pages such as this one.

So to be perfectly fair (and we do aim to be fair and balanced), we would like to extend this invitation to Jeremy Roloff himself. If he is interested in doing an interview or answering the real questions that people are discussing about him (not only the National Enquirer controversy, but all of the talk about him over the years) and have the chance to clear the air once and for all - not through his father Matt Roloff and not filtered through an employee of his father's, but if Jeremy, now that he is 18 years old, would like to have his chance to respond and answer the questions that our thousands of visitors have been asking - Jeremy is certainly welcome to get in touch with the site at:

spiritswanderblog@yahoo.com

We don't expect anything to come of it, but we would be irresponsibile and unfair if we did not at least give Jeremy a chance to answer the questions and subjects people have been talking about regarding Jeremy over the years. Our visitors have many varying opinions that differ completely. Some are full supporters of Jeremy, some aren't. Some are disappointed and hope Jeremy has some kind of explanation. We feel we have our fingers on the pulse of all things Jeremy Roloff, all the buzz, every thing people have discussed.

Jeremy has been widely discussed about a number of different issues. Matt Roloff has spoken for Jeremy. His friends have occasionally attempted to explain some things about Jeremy.

So if Jeremy finally wants to face it head on and have his say against all the talk that goes on about him - the invitation is open to Jeremy Roloff to get in touch with the page at spiritswanderblog@yahoo.com and put some things to rest.

35 comments:

Justin said...

It would be interesting, but will never happen. I don't think Jeremy is mature enough to speak for himself without helping someone, Matt, Matt's helper, someone - hold his hand.

LoriAnne said...

Yeah, this whole thing happened because Jeremy can't be left to talk or write on his own without offending half the world. lol.

Craw said...

Jeremy doesn't owe answers to anybody. Why would he want to answer hard questions? He's just a guy trying to live his life.

Rap541 said...

I am curious to see if Jeremy is man enough to own his actions.

RickSpringfield said...

I am really glad you are still bringing to light this issue. Maybe it will force Jeremy to be a grown up and take responsibility for his words and actions and not let his pop speak for him. Maybe it can teach other young people that saying such things are never a good idea and can lead to their reputations being tarnished even in their future.

Good job! Hatred should never be praised, but should be addressed!

Jason said...

I'm sorry to sound like I have Jeremy's maturity level, but I honestly don't think Jeremy has the balls to speak for himself, especially someone who isn't patting him on the head all the time tellin him what a good boy he is (no names will be mentioned - Ha)

RoloffsRule said...

Bawahaha, keep dreaming SpiritWanderingToHell :))))

As though a precious Christian like Jeremy James would grace a gay friendly like yourself with his presence in any form.

HAHAHAHA

L7 said...

I like Jeremy and I'd like to see him do it.

I would have a lot of respect for Jeremy if he did it.

Fenwick B. Justice said...

I am appalled at your prominent ignorance of our American right of paramount significance: the freedom of speech. John Stuart Mill accurately describes this liberty as an "absolute freedom of opinion and sentiment on all subjects, practical or speculative, scientific, moral or theological."

This is a right that can never be denied by anyone. This is a right that must never perish under any circumstance.

Your expectations of (or demands for) an apology is unreasonable. The young Roloff exercised his God-given right to speak his mind--and he did so rather eloquently.

BrokenWing said...

Rap, Jeremy answering or not answering doesn't prove anything about his "manliness" in my opinion. It is his life. He doesn't need to explain himself if he doesn't want to. It doesn't make him any less of a "man".

Fenwick, although I do think this has been blown out of proportion I would not call what Jeremy said as expressing himself "eloquently" and I don't think this is a free speech issue.

Auzzie said...

Fenwick, before you start spouting about the First Amendment of the Constitution, why don't you learn it. Since when is a government entity trying to squash Jeremy's "Freedom of Speech"? And BTW, even if they were, they would have every right to so if he was spouting off this garbage on government property. Hate speech that incites is never protected and his words qualify.

Funny seeing the same two from IMDb on here spreading their hate. Glad we could meet up again...it certainly has been awhile. I wish someone would check the IP addresses of some of these folks.

Jason said...

Fenwick, get a clue. Denying Jeremy's right?? You realize Jeremy and the entire Roloff family tell people not to use the word midget? You must think Jeremy is denying others their God-Given right when he tells them "midget" is wrong.

Jeremy can say what he wants, but he's going to be judged by what he says. He's an ignorant hypocrite. Is he a racist gay basher? If you says racist and homophobic things don't complain when people think that's what you are...

Katie M said...

Jeremy...if you're reading, as a fan, PLEASE accept this offer just this once. I'm tired of hearing fans lie about you and say you hate this or that. PLEASE set everybody straight this one time.

Fenwick B. Justice said...

If this is not a "freedom of speech" issue, then what IS the issue? The 1st Amendment provides us with the legal mechanism to articulate whatever we wish--without fear of legal repercussion, but prudence must be exercised. Freedom of speech is not absolute.

Jeremy's comments were not libelous nor were it presented to create a hostile environment. These comments were made in the presence of friends and associates. These commments were NOT made in the presence of negroes and homosexuals, therefore the members of these "cultures" and their associates have no right to demand a retraction.

Most public figures are aware that anything they say or do will have an impact on their image, which in turn will affect their ability to earn a living. However, I'm of the opinion that Jeremy is not a public figure, as he does not undertake speaking engagements or other types of appearances that his parents regularly do.

I respect Jeremy's opinions, but I would lose that respect if he submits to your nonsense. By refusing to cater to the bleeding-heart liberals, Jeremy is presenting himself as a man of courage and conviction. Perhaps you all should learn from this excellent example.

DEO VINDICE!

rap541 said...

Fenwick, no one is saying Jeremy is being denied his right to say racist things.

However, his daddy did make a point of saying that it was unacceptable and the Roloffs were pro-diversity. If Jeremy really believes he did no wrong and was a courageous man to call someone a f**, a beaner, the n-word... why is he silently letting his daddy deny it? Seems like if Jeremy feels he did no wrong, he'd say so, wouldn't he?

Jeremy IS a public figure, he profits from being a public figure and he made his comments in a public forum. His daddy made a point of insisting his comments were unacceptable and "dealt with" in a public forum as well. If Jeremy genuinely believes he did nothing wrong, why isn't he saying so? I'd actually have more respect for him if he was willing to say " I said those things, I don't like n-words and homosexuals and thats that" than this babyish hiding behind Daddy - who clearly states the bleeding heart liberal party line when it suites Daddy btw.

Some courage and conviction Jeremy is showing by letting others defend him and letting his daddy undermine his firm convictions. He's really showing how he takes a stand for his freedoms... by being silent and letting his dad smooth it over.

Brokenwing - Jeremy is a man and men own their actions. If he's genuinely unrepetant about his comments, he should say so. If he is genuinely sorry, he should also say so. If he's weak and afraid of what the public will say about his opinions... he can continue to cower behind his dad like a little boy.

Cindy said...

Fenwick, learn something about freedom of speech. Jeremy was not denied his freedom of speech to use those slurs. You should follow the link to Jen Montzingo's page where she talks about feeling degraded by a stand up comedian.

That person has a right to spew their ignorance against people with dwarfism, but the people are going to react and comments like that are going to get the person called an ignorant jerk.

Jeremy has a right to make his comments, I agree. But people are going to form opinions about him based on his comments.

I, by the way, don't think Jeremy is nearly has hateful or as prejudiced as some of his fans. I think he said some stupid things trying to sound cool to his friends.

Jeremy would make it a lot better if he would just clarify his position.

DJ said...

I don't think Jer isn't responsible enough to talk for himself.

I don't think Matt Roloff would allow Jeremy to speak for himself unless it's moderated though someone under Matt's control.

What happened the last time Jeremy made comments away from Matt's control? He wound up in the National Enquirer. I don't think Jeremy is mature enough to do it.

It's hard to believe Jer is 18.

Kyle said...

Just do it Jeremy!

Deb said...

I believe Jeremy is a kind-hearted kid that never intended or expected to hurt or offend anyone. If he chose to speak, I suspect he would make that abundantly clear.

I would also like to hear his thoughts on a few other topics and rumors. I don't think some of these things would sound as bad if Jeremy explained.

Brokenwing said...

Rap, I would like to see Jeremy speak because I think he would clear up a lot of misconceptions, but it's wrong to say it's an issue of "manliness" to not want to talk about it.

It's Jeremy's decision and if he doesn't want to dwell on it, you should respect that.

Fenwick B. Justice said...

First, I want to express my appreciation to all of you for participating in this meaningful dialogue, rather than letting this subject degenerate into a senseless argument.

There is two parts to my concern about freedom of speech: the first, I've already addressed. The other half is the ability of an individual to express his opinion--right, wrong or indifferent--without being coerced to alter his stance based on the reactions of others.

Regarding his TV show, Matt Roloff has two objectives: one is educating his audience about the tribulations of dwarfism. The other is making money. Matt's public response to Jeremy's comments is spin control, executed with the intention of preserving a portion of his income.

Why do many of you feel it's necessary for Jeremy to publicly respond to your concerns about racism and bigotry? What makes you think he's wrong, and you're right?

rap541 said...

"Regarding his TV show, Matt Roloff has two objectives: one is educating his audience about the tribulations of dwarfism. The other is making money. Matt's public response to Jeremy's comments is spin control, executed with the intention of preserving a portion of his income."

The problem is that if Matt's comments about Jeremy's language are just "spin control" then Matt Roloff is a liar who is bilking people of money by paying lip service to diversity and insisting his children also are diverse - but in fact doesn't give two craps about anything but money.

I think, since it is a public issue, being discussed on public websites and in media like the National Enquirer, and since Jeremy Roloff is a public figure making a living off his public image, that his public conduct is a fair discussion.

Personally I don't think it's necessary for him to publically respond - but his lack of public response speaks to his character, and is not off limits because "he's a child".

If he genuinely feels he is within his rights to say the things he does, why isn't he willing to man up and say so? I see a LOT of hard core Roloff fans speaking for Jeremy on this issue, who claim he's right, he's being Christian, he thinks its good fun goofin on the queers.... but I don't see Jeremy saying these things. I see Jeremy standing silently behind his daddy while his daddy tells people that the problem language has been dealt with.

Seems like two different stories being told here. One, that Jeremy is a studly guy who has every right to prance about as a bigot and is proud to say so... even tho he never says this... just his fans... and the other side? Jeremy is a little boy, per his daddy, who was naughty and wrong and was dealt with like a little baby boy being naughty.

So which is it? And if it is the first, as you insist, why can't Jeremy say this himself if he is so gosh darned proud of his racist comments?

Oh right, because it affects the money his mommy and daddy make lying to people about their diversity.

Fenwick B. Justice said...

Do you own a home? Do you have a vehicle? Do you have student loans? Do you have children to raise? Do you have credit cards?

If you answer "yes" to one or more of these questions, how do you pay for these expenses? You make money! Earning a living is not greed or evil in any way, shape or form.

Matt Roloff is selling a "product," if you will, to a target audience. That product is his family. The producers of Matt's show groomed the entire family for public display. I'm sure the Roloffs were coached to act in such a manner that's suitable for TLC, not Spike TV.

By generating sympathy for the plight of dwarfism in general, and the plight of his family in particular, Matt is earning an income through product placements and other revenue sources. What's wrong with that?

Personally, I don't care for the negroes and homosexuals. However, if a network would pay me well, I'll gladly endorse all the policies of bleeding-heart liberals.

That's capitalism at its finest.

rap541 said...

Yes, it is capitalism, but it's also dishonest, correct?

Matt lying to the public?


Is being a liberal bleeding heart in public for pay really anyone's idea of a role model? If you geniunely believe Matt Roloff lies about his views on diversity in order to make money, you've just made the best arguement of the day as to why people shouldn't watch this show.

Cindy said...

Rap said it very well.

Fenwick, people are judged on what they say.

I love homosexuals and black people. I think people that don't like them based on that are bigots.

You've probably just formed an opinion about me because of what I just said.

That's how it works.

Jeremy said something and he's being judged on it. As Rap said others are speaking for Jeremy.

Some, like yourself and RoloffsRule think he said those words because he doesn't like black and gay people.

Other thinks he was being a stupid kid trying to sound cool and didn't really mean them.

Which is it? As Rap said, he either won't because he is a bigot and all the Roloffs care about is a phony image (which makes their book a complete lie) or he won't say he was wrong to say it because he's too immature to be accountable for what he does.

Either way, it's not reflecting well on his character.

Fenwick B. Justice said...

Capitalism and dishonesty are not one and the same. Unfortunately, many individuals compromise their integrity, thereby affecting their ability to separate the two.

Matt Roloff's integrity is not at question here ... it's Jeremy's. I never knew a father and a son who shared identical viewpoints. Should the actions of a son affect the ability of his father to earn an income?

If your disagreement with the opinions of Jeremy and/or Matt is of significance, perhaps you should reconsider watching their show or purchasing Matt's products. Having said this, I do not believe either one is accountable to anyone for their philosophies.

I do not have a problem with Jeremy's viewpoints, nor would I not watch his family's show because of it. However, I will say this: I understand the societal implications of publicly expressing a dislike for certain cultures and lifestyles and, at age 30, I'm old enough and mature enough to deal with its consequences. Jeremy is old enough to reach his own conclusions, but he's young enough to not fully grasp its ripple effects. The only thing his parents can really do is help their son understand this concept.

It is up to you to choose who your role models are, but beware: role models are human, too.

Rap541 said...

Fenwick, you're creating straw men arguements.

Jeremy has freedom of speech. If he doesn't share his father's publically stated views on diversity, then he is an adult and can say so. He's not a little boy who needs daddy to speak for him.

"Matt Roloff's integrity is not at question here ... it's Jeremy's. I never knew a father and a son who shared identical viewpoints. Should the actions of a son affect the ability of his father to earn an income?"

You clearly put Matt's integrity in question when you state he made a public comment merely to appease the bleeding heart liberal agendists and that he pays lip service to diversity in order to make money.

And yes, if a child is being held up in public by the father as actively in step with the father's stated beliefs, and then clearly is not, then why should the dad profit from "My son is so diverse" when his son is not?

But back to the actual point - You were insisting that this was a freedom of speech issue - well no one is stopping Jeremy from "eloquently" calling Mike Detjen an n-word... Jeremy is free to continue to call people all the racist words he wants... but you seem to be insisting that no one can have an opinion of his words and really freedom of speech goes for everyone in the US, not just white males. Jeremy calls someone n-word in a public forum, then we're all free to discuss his comments and ask him to clarify them. And if he decides to be silent... and to let his dad speak for him... then people have every right to judge his lack of response.

Considering the number of fans who say Jeremy is just goofing is about even with the number of fans who say Jeremy was intentionally stating his views on gays/minorities.... I know I would really like to know *Jeremy's* opinion on his comments... as opposed to his fans.

He's being offered a forum to speak for himself if he wishes, instead of letting his father speak for him, and instead of letting the *fans* speak for him. He's an adult and if people judge him for his words or his actions (or lack thereof) that is simply the price of doing business, and not an infringement of his freedoms.

If he genuinely believes his remarks - something only he knows - and apologizes merely to cater to popular opinion then his opinions certainly can't be strongly held, now can they? And if he really believes in his words, no one is stopping him from saying so.

But if he is silent because taking a stand might also mean facing public scorn for his beliefs, and might mean less dollars in his pocket.... That's being afraid.

I'm just tired of everyone BUT Jeremy Roloff speaking for Jeremy Roloff. He's a man. He can speak for himself, or he can hide behind his daddy as "one of the children" but if thats his choice, he surely is not acting like a man.

Coolkid said...

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He's being offered a forum to speak for himself if he wishes, instead of letting his father speak for him, and instead of letting the *fans* speak for him. He's an adult and if people judge him for his words or his actions (or lack thereof) that is simply the price of doing business, and not an infringement of his freedoms.
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That's spot on.

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I'm just tired of everyone BUT Jeremy Roloff speaking for Jeremy Roloff. He's a man. He can speak for himself, or he can hide behind his daddy as "one of the children" but if thats his choice, he surely is not acting like a man.
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That's right. Just own his words. There should be a difference between how Matt would react to his 11 year old saying these things and his 18 year old son. But there was no difference as Matt's statement leaves it open for people to assume it was Jacob.

Crimson said...

I wish Jeremy and his friends would get this message, what she says at 1:40 could be directly aimed at Jeremy and his friends.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8edBhVi8Ws

Fenwick B. Justice said...

My "freedom of speech" stance applies to EVERYONE, not just one person or two individuals. My specific concern is the appearance of a group of people demanding a retraction--not a clarification--from Jeremy regarding his comments. There's a big difference between the two.

Also, you're certainly within your God-given right to ask anything, but don't expect a request (or demand) to be granted simply because you don't agree with another's opinion.

Stop worrying about Jeremy's comments or Matt's handling of same. There are more important things to concern ourselves with than this.

Nicole said...

He's demonstrating a lack of character by not clarifying his comments. If he's proud of acting that way, he should say so. If he's regretful, just admit that he was wrong.

People with character step up to the plate and take responsibility.

Rap541 said...

"My specific concern is the appearance of a group of people demanding a retraction--not a clarification--from Jeremy regarding his comments. There's a big difference between the two."

Can you explain HOW Jeremy's freedom is being impacted? It's not like *he* has voiced a retraction. People can demand it all they want... how has his freedom of speech been violated?

As I said, I would respect this young man more if he took responsiblity, one way or another, for his comments. Right now, he's not much of a man at all, even to his dad, because instead of speaking for himself, he's "one of the children" that his daddy has to make amends for.

Yeah, there's a man. Standing silently behind Daddy, while Daddy smooths over the mess he made and allowing his Daddy to call him a child.

Do you get it? If he's racist, he's certainly free to be. If he's genuinely sorry, he is also free to be.... but until he speaks for himself on this issue, he's conceding that he's not man enough to own his own words and needs his parents to speak for him.

Jocelynn Pearson said...

It would be refreshing to hear JEREMY'S views on the subjects.

I don't know if Jeremy has realized that ignoring something doesn't make it disappear and can in fact make it worse.

Keith said...

I'd have a lot more respect for Jeremy if he just owned up to it, faced the music and put it to rest.

Either apologize or say he doesn't think he has anything to apologize for. He's nearly 19 years old. It's getting ridiculous that Jeremy won't speak for himself about his own mess.

angle said...

i wanna see if he has the balls to answer the qestions