There is an article about Matt Roloff's upcoming event in Saratoga, California February 12. According to the article, tickets are selling well and a second event might be added.
The article includes some new comments from Matt.
I have a couple of thoughts on two different statements Matt makes.
"All of the family members have experienced their ups and downs during the process, but the family has undoubtedly noticed the differences the show has made in communities.
"It's desensitizing America," Roloff said. "We want to walk down the street and have people say, that is a person, not that is a little person."
I think that is very true and the show has been successful at achieving that. As I mentioned in the "Loveline" story, I believe most of the viewers of the show don't even really think of Matt, Amy and Zach as little people. They're judged, liked, disliked, as any person being observed would be. Perhaps when people began watching the show that factor was involved, but it evaporated long ago. When Amy speaks about the kids in school or Mike's passing, I don't think many people think "Oh, that's what a little person parent does". She's just a person like everybody else. On that point, I'm in complete agreement with Matt and commend the Roloffs and those responsible for the show.
However, the second point once again leaves me shaking my head in frustration and I know I am not alone. There are many things I love about the show and admire about the Roloffs, but this point is hard to wrap my mind around.
"It makes it something bigger than us being on TV," Roloff said, adding that the show's message is about "celebrating the differences" in all communities, and he is satisfied when he realizes it is doing just that.
But they haven't done that with their own son and his friends who they consider to be great kids and they don't appear terribly concerned about it....Of course, I actually agree with Matt's statement. That is precisely what people who are disappointed with the Roloffs say as well - the show is about celebrating the differences of all people. That is the message the Roloffs carry from the television show to the speaking engagements.
That is why so many are shocked that Matt and Amy don't appear to be aghast when their son and his friends, who they say are "great kids", use slurs that are hurtful to many of those groups and mock those differences whether it being with degrading pictures or comments from "great kids" (friends) such as "u think i am some sleezy jew or smthin?"or "acting out motions for deaf kids lmao thats funy dude." That's not "celebrating differences"! Of course there were more offensive comments directly from Jeremy, but there were so many comments and a few of them are widely known, but it doesn't make the lesser discussed comments any more acceptable considering the message of "celebrating differences". Don't Matt and Amy wonder what a parent of a deaf child thinks when they see teenagers making comments or "jokes" that Jeremy's "great" friend did? Matt and Amy obviously don't even feel behavior such as that deserves an apology as long as it is Jeremy and his friends.
When people see Matt and Amy react to that by brushing it away and wanting viewers who fully understand their message of diversity and respect to remain hush-hush and not care about that behavior because it is Jeremy Roloff and his friends; that's why people have almost no choice but to conclude that Matt and Amy are hypocrites. They can't reasonably expect people to ignore that or not think about it while they listen to the Roloff family speak about accepting and respecting people who have differences from what you are.
Sometimes I think Matt continues to make statements about the show being about accepting all people and differences knowing full well that people are disappointed in Jeremy and their reaction to it, just to drive us mad ;-)
You can read the full article at this location.