Saturday, May 23, 2009

Daniel Meichtry Interview: - Life long friend of Jeremy & Zach Roloff talks Fame, language/scandal article, Mike Detjen, college, music and love



This Roloff blog is proud to present an exclusive interview with Daniel Meichtry. Dan discussed all aspects of his life, his friendship with the Roloff family, dealing with their fame and the attention they all receive now, working for Matt Roloff, Dan's passion for music, body building, wheeling, dealing with the sudden death of dear his dear friend Mike Detjen, his faith in God, love, relationships, college plans and his goals and dreams for the future.

Without a doubt, certain aspects of Daniel Meichtry's life have not been the typical experience of a teenager -- He's seen his best friends get a reality tv show and has dealt with their surge in popularity from the inside. If you've ever wondered what would it be like to be a normal teenager growing up and suddenly your best friends have a reality tv show - that's what Dan has experienced. He's seen both his friends and his own life put under the microscope and seen all of their lives dissected by viewers - which is of course what happens to people on reality tv shows.


If you watch Little People, Big World, you've seen Dan. He's been there through the fun times and the tragic times. He's part of the "DBU" - as Jeremy recently explained on a show - it stands for Dune Boys United - the name of their gang/group/club - the group of guys with Jeremy and Zach that have been friends forever.
















Daniel Meichtry loves music and is very passionate about it. He invites you to please check out his music page and if you like him, he would greatly appreciate your support. Also, he is always looking to play in more places, if you own or work in an establishment that features live music or bands, Dan would welcome that opportunity -- he can be contacted via his music page (or if you don't have a Myspace account, you can contact this blog and we can put you in touch with Daniel if you are legitimate ;-). Dan's music site is:

http://www.myspace.com/danielmeichtry2


Daniel Meichtry has been seen on Little People, Big World since it began, but rarely do viewers get to hear from him and his opinion and see that there's depth to him and learn more about his life. Daniel has seen himself criticized stemming from certain things that occurred over the years; by association with Jeremy Roloff - he has seen himself in the National Enquirer being called a bigot; a racist gay-basher. Many of Jeremy's comments that garnered negative attention were Myspace conversations with Daniel.


We have offered Jeremy Roloff the chance to tell his side of the situation and explain and for whatever reason - Jeremy did not accept. For the record, Jeremy's only comment about it was to tell Matt Roloff's employee that the rumors of him being racist were not true. That is essentially the extent of what Jeremy has said about it publicly. I personally feel, as a result of Jeremy not really addressing it, the talk has continued to grow to the point where according to our stats, it is the most searched about Jeremy Roloff issue on the internet all around the world.

However, some of the negative talk doesn't just affect Jeremy, I am sure it's not pleasant for Daniel to be known by some people as 'one of Jeremy's racist, gay-bashing friends'. Daniel is his own person with his own opinions. As with anybody seen on Little People, Big World - fans of the show have expressed questions, comments and observations (both positive and negative) about Daniel over the years - both seen on the show and online.



This will be the definitive: Get to know Daniel Meichtry interview. Daniel agreed to talk about everything involving himself and his views on everything that has happened from his unique perspective. All of the issues people have talked and asked about Daniel and his friendship with Jeremy and Zach Roloff were laid out openly and honestly. There was no behind the scene rules or stipulations of what could be asked or to phrase a question a certain way or not - Daniel took it all on.















Even if you were to disagree with some of what Daniel says, I think everyone can agree that it takes tremendous character and integrity to face the tough questions, address all the issues people talk about and really own your behavior and actions. Just standing up and saying 'yes this is what happened and this is what I was thinking' is something I have the utmost respect for even if I had disagreed one hundred percent with a person's answers. It's not easy for any person to discuss things they might regret. The attention the show and the Roloffs receives seeps over even to friends such as Daniel and that makes it that much more difficult. I can't overstate what a show of character I think it was for Daniel to be open to addressing it all. As Matt and Amy Roloff once said about their show: the good, the bad and the ugly were truly presented to Dan in this interview and he didn't hide from any of it.

A lot of topics were addressed and at the end of this, I think you'll feel like you know more about the type of person Daniel is and strives to be and what is important in his life.


I think the interview is incredibly insightful into some of the subjects fans have always wondered about and thank Daniel for doing it.


Just before we begin, both this site and Daniel Meichtry himself wanted to make it clear that Daniel speaks only for himself and his thoughts and opinions don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Jeremy, any members of the Roloff family, his other friends, the show, etc... Daniel is speaking for himself and these are Daniel Meichtry's own thoughts. Over a span of four years, there was a lot to talk about! :-)




















1. For anyone that doesn't know, how long have you known the Roloffs?

I've known the Roloff Family since Kindergarten

2. What did you think when you found out your best friends were going to have a tv reality show?

I thought it would be fun and interesting and a good opportunity for my friends.


















3. Were your parents ok with you being on tv? Did any of your friends parents have any concerns when the show began? Are there any friends who have never been on the show because their parents wouldn't agree to it?

As far as i can remember everyone who has come over hasn't had much trouble with the show. Personally my parents are family friends with them and didn't oppose to it

4. When you're out with Jeremy or Zach and your friends on your own (with no camera crew obviously), typically, do people come up to them and ask for autographs or talk about the show, or do you (they) not usually get bothered?

Sure it happens here and there, they are kind of Hillsboro's claim to fame and i think people think thats cool. Everytime a fan comes up everyone has been super polite and although at times it can be an invasion of space the Roloffs deal with it extremely well and I do my best with it also.

5. Would you say that you've personally benefited from the Roloffs fame or some of the perks they've received in any way?

Well i think ya know there have been some little trips or things that have been free for me which otherwise may not have been but I don't see there show as that.

6. In one word, how would you describe the whole experience of your very good friends having a reality tv show?

Interesting

7.Dan, you've worked during Roloff pumpkin season and on plenty of projects for Matt around the farm, how would you describe Matt as a boss?

Matt has always been a very negotiable and understanding boss for me. Sure sometimes people miscommunicate but he always hears people out and gives them the benefit of the doubt. I respect Matt Roloff and have enjoyed being employed under him and blessed to have him as a boss




















8. Do you have a regular part-job (non-Roloff related)?

Well last summer I was a lifeguard and plan on working this Summer
9. Jeremy is by far the most searched about Roloff according to our stats. It seems like people either really like him or really dislike him. You've known Jeremy since he was 5 or 6 years old. Can you tell people something about Jeremy that they might not know from watching the show?

Jeremy honestly has such an incredible heart and is a really caring person. Something I've learned is that we can't fully see someones heart and their intentions because its not our job but rather God's. I know jeremy really well and everyone has their ups and downs in life but he's always been a really loyal friend. I have always been pretty good at reading into people and Jeremy just is super caring and really cares about people.














10. Have you ever been out with Zach in public (before or since the show) or another dwarf and had somebody laugh or ridicule them? If so, how did you react?

Well it hasn't been quite like that. It's more that people stare alot and usually I just stare back. In my eyes no one is perfect and we could find a flaw, whether physical or internal, in any human being. I usually brush it off and just feel bad for the person thats being stared at.














11. New reality shows continue to spring up all the time. What would your advice be to someone who is a friend of a kid who suddenly is going to have a reality show about their family?

Be strong in what you believe and always work to be a good example because people are always watching, just something i've learned recently.

12. Why do you think the core group of you have remained such good friends for so long? I don't think it's all that very common. Certainly you seem to have several strong long-lasting friendships; what do you think is the most important thing in a friendship?

I think that in any relationship commitment is super important. Our group of friends has long been together and I also attribute that to our school. Faith Bible High School has a family feel to it and my best friends are all my brothers.













13. Amy has spoke a lot about how much she loves the crew. You've spent a lot time with them over the last 4 years. What's your relationship with them like?

Oh man the camera crew is great. They are always super kind and i've grown to know alot of them. There all great people and i've enjoyed getting to know them.













14. Fans have commented on how much time it seems like friends such as yourself spent at the Roloff farm. Obviously most of the filming is done at the farm and not at your house or other friends, can you enlighten people, in reality what percentage of time have you guys spent at the Roloffs compared to at other friends places? 50/50? 80/20? Is it accurate that you guys have always spent the majority of time at the Roloff's farm?

Well we have basically always centered our hangout time at the Roloffs. Amy and Matt have been like second parents to me and I think they have always had a large property and been willing to open it up to us so we just conrugate there. Also its been nice that there are so many fun things to do there. Growing up there was a blast because it was like our own personal Disneyland

15. It seems like you were seen on the show more on in seasons one and two, and you haven't been seen as much recently as you used to (Mueller is seen on almost every episode now). Is that accurate or is it just a coincedence that they happen to use stuff that you're not in as much now?

Well I was in it more I think before cuz i had less responsibility. Since then I've gained more interests and also had work. I started working out alot and also fell in love with the most wonderful girl. So its true i haven't been around as much but I still am there alot.


















16. One of the most positive comments ever about any Roloff friends seen on the show was about you and the way you helped Zach around the time of his leg surgery (carrying him up the stairs after the formal, etc). Did you reach a certain age when you started thinking about how some things are different for Zach?

Not really a certain age but I guess i grew more compassionate towards his situation. Zach does so well on how he handles everything but sometimes you know he needs a hand and I always wanna be there for my buds.












17. On the downside, earlier this year TLC recently re-aired the original pilot with the 13th birthday where you were seen spitting on Zach during the party...I think you were 12 at the time, what do you think when you see or hear about that?


I see it as a very large misunderstanding. The show is edited alot and they didn't show how much me and Zach were wrestling and fooling around just before that happened. In the media world i don't think I'll ever live that down but we moved on from it pretty quick. LOL But me and Zach are best friends and it wasn't intended to be mocking or anything i was probably just out of line in all the excitement.

18. Do you guys ever watch the show to see how you're portrayed on tv? "No" seems to be the standard answer (perhaps it's not cool to say anybody watches the show?), but if you don't ever watch, honestly, are you never curious to see what they use on the show and what the world is seeing about you?

I watch it here and there but not often. I don't have cable and my philosophy on it now is more that If I dont ever portray a bad image than i can never be a negative influence. I basically have just been working on the fact that I need to always work to be a good example for others.





















19. Does criticism of Jeremy, Zach, Mueller, yourself - ever bother you?

It is hurtful to see things said about my friends of course. I just think that people are quick to judge and not to forgive. Everyone in the history of time has screwed up and although it doesn't make it right i think that people should be more forgiving and look in their own failures or mistakes and work on them instead of ridiculing others.

20. You've known the Roloffs basically your whole life, in what ways have you seen the Roloffs lives change in the 4 years since the show?

Its gotten alot more complicated. I think that they just have had alot more to deal with and people have tried to get involved with business that is not theirs to get involved with.

21. This is not meant to embarrass you, but people have sent us questions about you and this......... Fans have seen you on the show since you were about 14 and now you're 18, some people have noticed that it seems like you've lost weight or got really fit as you got older.....what's been your secret? Do you have any advice to other teenagers who might be uncomfortable about their weight/body?

HAHAHA Oh yeah i've heard about this one. Yeah i started lifting weights and being more active and dieting. I still carry a nice little stomach but it feels good to be in better health. All I did was lift weights alot, walked and ran, and did dieting. Bodybuilding.com gave me a ton of insight and Arnold Schwarzeneggers training methods are revolutionary.

22. Ok, now the big question everybody is asking....do you have a shirt with a picture of Jeremy's face on it? ;-) Mueller's shirt that he wore last summer got a lot of attention among viewers. Is there some joke about that shirt? Whats that all about, people have never heard of wearing a shirt with your best friend's face on it before.

Haha I don't and I'm not sure I've ever seen that shirt.











23. How did you first hear that Jeremy - and by association - yourself - were in the National Enquirer being called a bigot, racist and gay-basher?

Honestly I'm not positive how i heard about it, probably through jer.















24. What was your first honest reaction when you heard about it?

I was shocked and curious as to what it said.

25. In your opinion, is it ok to use words like the N word and f*ggot when talking to friends? If yes, people have wondered do you speak that way in Church, in front of your parents and if not, why not?

I can honestly say that NO I do not agree with that. As you may know some things were thrown around between friends and before I didn't think much of it but I've come to realize it hurts peoples feelings and is derogatory. I don't talk like that anymore and am dissapointed that I ever had. Thank the Lord that I serve a God who forgives and I'm glad to say I've turned away from that.

26. The photos you guys have taken that are considered the 'gay mocking pictures', you embracing Jeremy pretending to passionately kiss, pictures with different hairstyles and silly expressions (captioned "trying to be gay emo f*gs"), pictures groping each other shirtless (Jeremy and Jacob Mueller)...it leads to some questions. What is the purpose of those pics? Are you gay? If you aren't gay, are you doing it to mock gay people?

Oh those were never meant to be offensive and i think were just buds that are comfortable. None of us are Homosexual though and I can 100% honestly say those weren't meant to hurt anyones feelings or to Mock Homosexual people.






27. What do you think of people on You Tube who think they're funny mocking Zach or Matt Roloff by getting on their knees with stupid expressions on their faces? Is that all in good fun?

I think that they do not know Zach or Matt and are doing it to try and be funny but may not realize that it can hurt people's feelings.

28. Some people don't feel there's a difference between those teenagers making fun of LPs for a laugh and you guys doing gay poses for a laugh. Do you think there's a difference?


I think that the motive is what makes it okay or not but to stay out of trouble I think it's best to just stay away from that. Also sometimes I think people just take it to personally and take offense to something that is in no way directed toward them.

29. Some fans have noticed that you've said God is the most important in your life and you've written about trying to be Christ like... But over the years people have also seen you and your friends insult fans who said they love the show or think Jeremy was cool, etc. From a distance it looks odd when someone talks about the love of God being around them, but then behave in a very mean-spirited way to people who, while perhaps unintentionally annoying, have good intentions. Can you explain to people why you've felt the way you do about fans. Do you have any regrets, do you still feel the same way?

I agree that sometimes we may have handled situations wrong and have been mean to people when they infact don't deserve it. I think it was more so when the show was so new to us and we just didn't know how to handle it. I have tried to be patient and kind to fans with good intentions but the line becomes blurred when you get hate mail or very disturbing and hurtful messages from people. I have improved my own outlook on it now though. I've grasped that you should in fact treat others as you want to be treated. I have made mistakes just like every person but I think the important thing is taking those mistakes and learning from them. God is a huge part of my life and although i still struggle with sin i Have really grown close to him and have been working hard to live that out in my day to day life.

30. Honestly -, this is one of the things that gives people the worst impression of Jeremy, Zach, yourself, Mueller, your friends... Fans watch the show, so LPBW continues, they've seen the perks the Roloffs have got, the bigger house, the lavish vacations, the vintage cars, they've seen Jeremy get to personally meet and talk with celebrity soccer players he admired, they've seen Zach get special treatment in stores ('that hat is sold out...oh wait, for you the guy with the tv crew, we will make sure you get what you want'), Matt says Jeremy, Zach, etc are getting weekly paychecks because of the show that fans support. People have seen the DBU guys enjoy some of the Roloff perks, certainly Mueller travels with the Roloffs and TLC to beautiful desitination spots around the world. However, then people see Jeremy, Zach and the DBU guys call fans (people saying they love the show and think they're awesome) losers that suck and seem proud that they totally ignore fans. They've heard about guys like Jacob Mueller viciously insult fans that said Jeremy was awesome, etc... Now you're 18, Jer and Zach are 19. do you think someone in that position has any responsibility to ever make any time for their fans or spend *any* time interacting with them? That's one of the biggest criticisms our site hears from the public about Jeremy and the"DBU". "Stuck up, selfish, ungrateful, rude, spoiled, snobs" are words we hear a lot from people that watch the show and have followed what has went on." What is your opinion, what do you have to say to people that feel this way?


I speak for only myself in saying this but I would say that yes we have been unfair at times and said things that didn't need to be said and could have avoided hurt feelings. On the other hand alot of people don't respect the Roloffs or their friends privacy and don't realize their needs to be an element of privacy in your life to be sane. So many fans of the show are great and pure hearted in their intentions but like so many other things they are associated with the fans that are cruel for no reason and extremely judgemental. The Roloffs do make ALOT of time for fans and i experience that on a day to day basis just being around them and people just don't see what really goes on so they can't know how much time and appreciation they do give.

31. This blog hears from fans all the time sharing what they like, what they don't like, so I feel a responsibility to present their point. The question is more about the Roloffs and fans on the internet. This blog did do an article stating that most people who meet the Roloffs in person say they had a positive experience and the Roloffs were very nice. However the percentage of fans living in your area is very small. There are fans all over the world. The internet is the way to connect with people. Most fans aren't in a position to travel to Hillsboro, Oregon for Roloff pumpkins in October.

People understand having personal Facebooks/Myspaces. The majority of fans are reasonable and don't expect them to talk to every fan and to spend their life commenting fans. I personally do think it's reasonable for people to expect *some* effort. They don't see that at all from the Roloffs. How much time honestly do you think someone like Jeremy (because he does have the worst reputation in this aspect - at one time the buzz was that Zach did make an effort to comment fans or return messages or questions; Jeremy's reputation with fans is and always has been abysmal) has put into showing appreciation to fans for some of the things he's able to do? Do you think the amount of time over the last 4 years that he's spent interacting as a show of thanks to the fans amounts to "an honest effort"?

I personally don't think it's out of line for people to expect them to have *some* kind of fan facebook or twitter or something and spend an hour here or there every couple of weeks returning a few comments or posting some pictures, fans love pictures, I don't think there's harm in posting a few pictures for fans. Even our site receives questions like "How did Molly make her Christmas decorations?" I don't think expecting the Roloffs (especially. Jeremy and Zach because of their age) to go on sometimes and respond to those things is unreasonable. It's just a simple way of saying thanks to those fans with good intentions. It's a 'Thanks for supporting our show so I can live this life that I really love, have a college education fund, travel to great places and don't have to spend 8 hours working in McDonalds on Friday and Saturday nights'.. Yes, interacting with fans is not the funnest way for them to spend an hour, but it's about appreciation and gratitude. Or not.

That's basically what fans or ex-fans have told us they want and why they use words like "stuck up", "snob" "ungrateful". Just some honest effort. When people see "Oh, Jeremy got yet another vintage car or they went on another glorious vacation" and then when they sign the contract for a new season and ask the fans to watch the Roloffs say "thank you fans so for much the support we really appreciate you " - it looks like empty words -- fans just want some substance to that statement. In this Facebook, Myspace and Twitter age -celebrities are interacting with fans more than ever - I believe some of the Roloffs own friends interact with their favorite celebrities on things such as Twitter.

Dan, when you answer that people don't see how the Roloffs appreciate the fans because you see it on a daily basis, I think you mean in person? Fans coming up to them in the local Hillsboro Taco Bell or at Roloff pumpkin season (where fans are paying the Roloffs money), and the thing fans want us to ask - is about them not really ever interacting with people online. Fans just don't think it's too much to ask for them to get on a couple of times a month and do *something* with fans *sometimes*.

So could you share about your opinion on that?


Honestly i dont think its my position to answer that question. I cant answer because i cant comprehend the amount of online things the roloffs get. I believe that they are very grateful and i don't think that some people understand they have to live normal, or somewhat normal, lives on top of the show. Jeremy and Zach don't have time with all they do from school to sports to friends to the demands of the show. I don't think they would be opposed to doing stuff online as I know Matt does but its not my place to say how they feel about it and if I were in there situation I would be simply overwhelmed. The fans are great and the show and the success of it would not be possible if it weren't for them but i think that they do AS MUCH as they can do with pumpkin season and all. I'll tell ya what i've watched pumpkin season and its crazy how many people are there and want to see them. I think i would feel bombarded if in that situation but again I can't answer for them. We all appreciate the fans and what they do and encourage them to keep watching!!!

32. The one comment above all else that really saddened people, wasn't said by you, but Jeremy said it to you. It was telling you that he had asked Mike Detjen to take you and Mueller along snowboarding and Mike said he would do what Jeremy asked. Jeremy said Mike was pretty sweet just like his "N word". Ignoring the whole angle about whether a person thinks the N word is offensive or not, I think people were really disappointed that you guys would talk about Mike in that way. It's been a few years since that comment and now Mike is gone. How do you feel when you think about those comments about Mike?

I think that Mike was the most giving man I have ever met and i always tried to appreaciate him however i knew how and still think that he deserved more appreciation than i could give. Mike is an amazing person and always will be a role model in alot of ways for me. I wish i would have cherished the time I had with him more and also the things he did for every person he knew.

33. Final question about 'the scandal':
-some people think that you and Jeremy, etc. are racists and hate gay people and basically don't show any respect to anybody who is not a white straight christian.
-Some people think you or Jeremy did not say anything wrong at all when he was leaving you those comments and it's just harmless joking and all kids should continue talking that way because there's nothing wrong with it.
-Some people think you guys have now realized you were wrong and don't talk that way anymore.
-Some people think you haven't changed one bit and are probably still talking that way to this very day (just not the internet anymore where the public can see) and that's why Jeremy has never apologized or never said he was wrong; you're not Jeremy, what is YOUR final comment about the whole thing, anything you want people to know?



I agree with the fact that we realized it was wrong and although it wasn't said to intentionally hurt anyones feelings it did and that it was wrong. We have all changed how we talk and never had a mindset of racism or hatred towards homosexual people. The way we spoke though was inexcusable and we have repented of it and really gotten our acts together after realizing what that did to other people. It's something I wish i hadn't had taken so lightly and now i know what it can do to people and have really gone away from it.


34. It's nearing almost one year since Mike Detjen passed away, Amy has talked about how difficult it was for all her kids and especially Jeremy and Jake, you were also close to Mike - taking you on trips, helping with your vehicles, coaching soccer of course, how did you cope with Mike's passing?

I prayed, I talked to friends, I cried - alot, and I thanked God for the blessing he was on my life and so many others. Mike still lives on through all of the people he has impacted and will always be a part of my life. It still hasn't really hit me that he is gone forever but I can smile because I know he is in Heaven and i can know that I have taken what I could from Mikes wonderful LIfe. I miss him alot but am happy that he's up in eternity waiting for us. :)













35. Can you talk about what Mike meant to you and what you think of when you think about Mike?

He was a friend and a mentor to me. He always cared so much about all of us, "his boys". He taught me how to care deeply for people and how to give without gaining anything in return. He truly was the most giving human I've ever met.















36. Is there anything about Mike that people watching the show didn't know, that you would like people to know about him?

He had an amazing relationship with God and taught us all alot about God's love for us.

37. People have seen some of the videos of you and Scott jumping his truck and your blazer - how's your vehicle holding up? Any recent interesting adventures?

Haha yeah we have had some good times. The old gal is still holding up and I intend on wheeling it more this summer.
















38. In your opinion, what is the definition of being a "good Christian"?

I don't even like that term because it sounds like meeting other peoples standards of what they think God wants. I am a follower and Disciple of Jesus Christ and accept his gift of free perfect Love. For me personally I'm striving to be more like Jesus daily and to love others with his love and not by my own power.

39. People might know that you're very passionate about music. Tell us a bit about your music, what's your influences, what inspires you and how would you describe your music?

Well everything inspires me. Creation, God, Friends and for sure my girlfriend, Erica. Music is a way for me to get all of my emotions out and a way to understand what I'm feeling.. I think God has gifted me with music and its such a good time for me to just play guitar or bass or sing. I love it. I'd describe my music as acoustic music that is easy listening but interesting and catchy. My lyrics are from the heart and are a look into my life and what i've experienced and learned.



















40. What are some of the subjects your write about in your songs?

I write about God and my relationship with him and alot of the time I write about Love in my relationship with Erica and dealing with our itneresting situation of living a thousand miles apart.

41. You and Bryan Roth performed at the Coffee house Insomnia, which was featured on the show. Do you and Bryan always play together or are you both solo? What was it like performing for the TLC cameras for what looked like most of your school in attendence?


It was a really fun time. Ha Bryan and I rarely play together but used to sometimes. I play on my own now and am really enjoying it. I just like to have my own creative license on my stuff so it helps me to do my own thing on it.

42. Where can people go on the internet to listen to your music? And yours and Bryan's music?

Bryan and I never really recorded together. My music page is:

http://www.myspace.com/danielmeichtry2


Please feel free to add me on there and comment or whatever. I almost always respond on there no matter who messages me but not on my personal page. So please add me and spread the word if you like me! :)

43. On your Music page you sometimes post upcoming shows, what type of places have you played so far? Anything coming up in the near future?

Nothing is planned right now but i have played at colleges, schools, and mainly just at coffee shops. I'm pretty much down to play anywhere just need help to promote and get more oppurtunities. Also I'm looking to record a CD but dont have a ton of money to put into that right now.

44. Just so no one is confused, if someone knows you from the show and they're going to be in the area or live in the area and hear you're going to be playing a show, do you encourage them to come; are you inviting everybody to come see you play?

Oh yeah!!! I'd love to have anyone come to my shows. I've had LPBW fans come and its a blast to get to catch up with them and talk a little bit. All the people that have come have been super nice to me and I keep telling them to come whenever I play. So YES its open to anyone who wants to come, and i'd love to have you there!!!

45. Your high school graduation is only a few weeks away, what emotions are you feeling?

I'd say Excited and Sad. I love my faith bible family and will miss them all dearly but am looking so forward to the future. I am Excited for College and for my Girlfriend to move up!!! I can't wait to get married eventually and to start a family. Doing that is one of my biggest dreams and I'm SO excited to work towards that.

46. What's your plans for after high school, where (or) are you going to college? What you planning on studying? Are you planning on staying near Hillsboro or moving away?

Yeah I'll stay in town and I'm going to study to become a personal Trainer and also get my Bachelors in Business. I plan on going to the local community college and in a couple of years to get married :)

47. What's the 3 most important things in the life of Daniel Meichtry?

God, Family and Friends, Erica.














http://www.myspace.com/danielmeichtry2

End of interview.

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Everybody who reads this can form their own opinion of Daniel, but at least you know what he thinks and has to say for himself. Personally, I was incredibly impressed with Daniel's maturity and outlook on everything. "Class" would be a word I would use and going into this that was probably the last impression I was expecting to come away with. It's easy to become defensive about things or blame others even if you were in the wrong sometimes in the past. I think it takes a lot of character to say some of what Daniel did, but at the same time, I think Daniel made some valid points and presented his perspective very well.


When some of these issues surfaced, I think people asked themselves what kind of response could improve your opinion of Jeremy and his friends or in this case Daniel. I personally couldn't ask anymore from Daniel than what he presented here. His attitude surpassed what I had thought would be sufficient or was hoping to hear. If I put myself in Dan's position; I don't think I would have been able to handle myself in the interview any better than Daniel did. Honestly, I think what he said here was simply outstanding. I think he comes across as a great friend and a good person.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Jeremy and Zach Roloff visited Corban college in January


Jeremy and Zach Roloff (along with Amy and Jacob Roloff and the camera crew) visited Corban college back in January and it will be featured in a future episode.

If you read the comments on this site, you might already have known about the Corban college/Roloff connection as one of our readers posted that he/she had seen the Roloffs visiting Corban.

http://spiritswander.blogspot.com/2008/12/video-of-amy-zach-and-jeremy-roloff.html

Corban College mentions the Roloffs visit in their Spring Newsletter. The Roloffs ate in the dining room, sat in on a class, attended chapel and spoke with athletic coaches.

Corban is a private Christian college located in Salem, Oregon

http://www.corban.edu/alumni/corbanmag/spring09/news.pdf

EDIT : Update August 2009,
It sounds like Jeremy and Zach won't be going to Corban, but Portland Community College instead. You can read further details in this item here:

http://spiritswander.blogspot.com/2009/08/zach-and-jeremy-roloff-college-plansthe.html

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Roloff family at the Christian camp Winema

The school that the Roloff kids attend has a trip twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring, where they send the kids on an overnight trip to a Christian retreat called Winema located in Cloverdale, Oregon, the south Tillamook county area.

They recently had their Spring retreat. Molly is now in high school with Jeremy and Zach, so it was the three Roloffs in high school - and we're told, never one to miss out on fun with her kids - Amy was attending as a chaperon.

You can find out more information about Winema on their site:

http://winema.org/


Here is a list of rules so you can see how the Roloffs were roughing it for a day. No cell phones! Although all members of the "DBU" (if you're out of the loop - DBU - 'Dune Boys United' is the name Jeremy, Zach and their friends gave their gang of friends that you always see on the show because they've been friends for so long) are usually together in Winema so who needs cell phones for a day?



How do I get mail to my camper?

Mail can be sent to:
Camper’s Name
Camp Session
c/o Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp

Cloverdale, OR 97112
Faxes may be sent c/o the Camp
Email (limit one per camper per day) Type the camper’s name in the subject line. Be aware that campers do not have access to a computer to reply.
Please contact the Director about what is appropriate to send to children in Camp



What should I bring to Camp?
Sleeping bag, pillow, blanket
Towels, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal hygiene items
Warm and waterproof jacket
Shoes (many activities involve movement over rough surfaces and safety precautions preclude wearing open shoes or sandals exclusively.
Adequate changes of clothing, swimsuit. Laundry facilities are not available to campers.
Bible, pencil, notebook.
Prescription medication (which must be left with the First Aid Person). All medications including over the counter medicines must be in original container.
Money for Missionary Offering and Camp Store. Each Camp has a missionary project and each afternoon the Camp Store offers afternoon refreshments as well as Camp clothing and other souvenirs. Though not necessary for an enjoyable week, most Campers bring an average of $20-$25 dollars for the missionary offering and Camp Store.



What should I NOT bring to Camp?
Personal electronic devices (such as radios, CD, tape, or DVD players, TV’s, handheld games, cell phones.
Drugs, alcohol, tobacco products, weapons.
Pets.
Fireworks, matches, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, scooters.



This video gives you a better look at the beautiful camp Winema. The song in the video is very catchy!


http://winemachristiancamp.blogspot.com/2009/02/camp-quick-pictures.html


There are no Roloffs in that video, but here are a couple of pictures from past Winemas.

Jeremy, Jacob Mueller and the guys with their hands reaching out to symbolically welcome Christ into their lives?




Oh wait...it's Zach! :-)

Oh, this is what is happening.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy 19th Birthday to Jeremy and Zach! Happy Mother's day! Happy Roloff sighting day!

Happy Mother's day to all the Moms out there and to Amy. She said in a recent interview she was planning on spending today at home with her kids. Matt always ensures they do something special for Amy on her big day. Last year was the Gazebo in Amy's favorite spot on the farm. In honor of Mother's day Little People, Big World Roloff style, here is the card Jacob made for Amy and the sweet little poem Jeremy wrote Amy in the first Mother's day they included on the show.

If you're a kid reading this and you haven't yet given your mom anything, you might want to steal Jeremy's creative poem and make your mom smile...no, we don't condone that it should come from your own heart ;-)


Here is Jeremy's mother's day poem "Oh Mother Dear" - Jeremy Roloff age 16

OH MOTHER OH DEAR

Oh Mother oh dear
Tis the day has come
To realize what you have done
Not just for me
But for the family
You do so much
You keep us in line
And you do so fine
We take it for granted, but can you see
We respect thee
Tis the day and so we pray
For who we have been given
It's a priceless gift, one from above
One we adore, it is you...oh mother oh dear
We will see what's in store and just like before
You will plainly see that I love thee
Oh Mother, oh dear, I love you, love you, love you

Also today is Jeremy and Zach's 19th birthday. Happy birthday to the twins! On the show the twins 16th birthday celebration was staying in a cabin on the beach birthday with several friends. Their 17th birthday was supposedly low key having several friends over to play paintball in the woods. Their 18th birthday was Amy arranging the gliding activity and a big pool party.



There was also a Roloff sighting yesterday from Brittany!

http://tandb-mcgee.blogspot.com/2009/05/roloff-family.html







On a sunny Saturday in Oregon she spotted the Roloff family having lunch at a bagel shop. As we said in our Roloffs and Fan interaction article, as usual the Roloffs in person were reported to be kind and gracious, even posing for a picture and wishing Brittany well in her day in Oregon.



That's a nice picture.

Amy...looks amused.

Jeremy...it's different for him to be the only one in the picture that's not really smiling.

Zach...blinded by the sun, but still looking cool. And stop the presses! Is that Root Beer in front of Zach and not Mountain Dew??

Jake...so tall! He looks four years older since the last time we saw him!

Molly...sporting her black Rockstar shirt. If you don't know about that, check out the link to the right.

So we're wishing an all-around Happy Day to everyone.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Extended video of Mike Detjen's memorial and the Roloff family speeches

TLC has graciously released the video clip that has been most requested -- Mike Detjen's memorial.

These are extended clips, one part of it wasn't shown in the episode that was originally televised.

The "new" part includes Amy driving to the memorial. She expresses concern for Jeremy and Jacob and how they will deal with Mike's passing.

Unfortunately, in this clip they deleted Jeremy's memorial speech. That was one of the most emotional moments of the funeral memorial.

You can see the clip on TLC's website:

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/little-people-big-world-mikes-funeral.html

Friday, May 8, 2009

Amy Roloff to speak at another 'diversity week'

Amy will be speaking at Mount Hood Community College for their 'diversity week'. Amy has been involved in a few 'diversity weeks' in the last several months at various colleges and universities.

Please note, although the website is called "The Advocate" it is not to be confused with the gay magazine "The Advocate"! I don't think Amy will be speaking at their event any time soon, though her message would probably fit in very well. This "Advocate" website is "The student voice of Mt. Hood Community College" as it says at the bottom of the site.

Diversity Week to take more global approach
Chelsea Van Baalen

The Advocate


This year’s Diversity Week will see some changes, according to Rae Peres, director of diversity for the Associated Student Government.


“I wanted it to be eclectic, for people to get a taste of everything,” Peres said. “Diversity means we celebrate each other’s differences and are aware of them.”

While last year’s Diversity Week focused on theming each day, this year falls under one theme: “Be Global.”

“We didn’t want to focus specifically (on) racial differences,” said Heather Nichelle-Peres, director of the Student Activities Board. “We wanted to focus on the global community. That’s why we called it ‘Be Global.’”


The Diversity Week schedule follows this, giving students a variety of options, according to Nichelle-Peres. “People usually find one or two events they really want to go to.”

Monday kicks off with a concert featuring a world-infusion rock band at noon in the Main Mall. This is followed by Amy Roloff of the TLC show “Little People, Big World” in the Visual Arts Theater at 1:30 p.m.


“I think some people who wouldn’t normally come would come to an event like that to hear her speak because she’s so popular,” Nichelle-Peres said. “Most people don’t know the issues facing that community.”

Peres said, “I wanted to focus on multiple cultures per day.”

“For the first time we’re doing Praise Day,” Nichelle-Peres said. This day, or Thursday, is “to talk about how people praise a higher power.


“The Islamic Center of Portland is coming to do a workshop (1 to 2 p.m. in the Lake Room) that we’re really excited about.”

There will also be films shown throughout the week, starting with a short film festival Monday in the College Center at 3:30 p.m.


“The short film festival is going over topics such as HIV in Africa and hip-hop music in South America,” Nichelle-Peres.

You can read the entire article here:

http://www.advocate-online.net/50809/DiversityWeek.php

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Amy's greatest wish for her kids; Amy talks about being a mother

Amy spoke to a site focused on Motherhood and answered six questions about being a mother.

Amy said she'll be spending this Mother's Day at home with the kids as it will be Jeremy's and Zach's 19th birthday as well.

She was also asked what is her greatest wish for her kids?

Amy answered: "To keep their faith which will help them stay grounded, and to know true joy. The joy that is always there no matter what life may bring. I want them to know they have a purpose and to just appreciate every moment. Give back if you can. Thrive not just survive."

Amy was asked what was the most important parenting lesson she learned from her mother, Pat Knight. Amy said what her mother did best was keep and neat and orderly house, but Amy didn't pick up that trait ;-). She said her mother tried to do it all and the important thing is to make the best of whatever situation you find yourself in. Amy also said she learned to rely on her faith from her mother.

Amy's favorite part of being a mom is spending time with her kids. You have to hand it to Amy there. She does love spending time with her kids. She talks about how when they speak about a something or their friends refer to something, she knows what they're talking about because she was there and knows what is going on. Amy makes the point again, as she did in the episode that included Mike's memorial that it is more important for her to spend time with the people she loves and cares about than to worry about things such as if the house is in a mess and what she thinks will impress other people or what is important to them. Personally, I really like that about Amy.

She was asked about how the state of the world has affected her views on being a mother. She again talked about her faith and made this statement: "My focus is not on all of the stuff around me and what is happening, but on Him and how can I raise my kids to still be the best they can be in a world that is constantly changing. I have to help them to keep themselves grounded and still have character and compassion for others amongst all that is happening."

You can read the full questions and answers here:

http://www.cafemom.com/dailybuzz/big_kid/4835/Amy_Roloff_6_Questions_About_Motherhood

Friday, May 1, 2009

Is Matt Roloff "spit-wadding" mad at this blog? Interviews, and Q & A's

What a strange experience it is when one realizes that your site is obviously being mentioned in a very derogatory manner by Matt Roloff, especially when you don't even feel that your site is derogatory!

Matt Roloff answered some questions with his official site message board administrator. As we mentioned in our article about the Roloff and fan interaction, approximately 4 times a year on mattroloff.com, Matt Roloff's employee, his web forum moderator takes screened questions from his web forum users. It is not really simply fan questions because to ask a question a person must have a certain number of posts. In other words, a message board regular. Matt's board members who Matt has praised makes it clear that the only people who are welcome are those that agree with all things the Roloffs have done. As a result there is a core group of 5 or 6 people, very similar to a high school clique who love all things about the Roloffs, call virtually anbody who has disagreed with the Roloffs about any subject a "hater". So basically, Matt is fielding questions from his fan club that always agrees with him and Matt Roloff's web administrator relays Matt's answers.

Matt Roloff answered some questions this week:

http://mattroloff.com/talk/showthread.php?t=3955

One of them quite pointedly is seemingly directed towards this site. This is the question and answer that I'll focus on here.

For starters, I think it is safe to assume that the primary blog in question is this site that you're reading right now. Without being a braggart, as far as I'm aware we are the most popular and most active Roloff blog on the internet. I think Google searches will confirm that. Also, as I will get into detail in a moment, Matt's comments about not declining a "challenge" appear to be some kind of a response to our offer to Jeremy Roloff many months ago for an interview to have his say on what people discuss about him. He never took us up on it. I don't know of any other "challenges" that were made towards the Roloffs or any other reason why Matt would possibly answer as he did.

Lets begin with the "question" posed to Matt?

21. You and your family are out in the open all the time, on television, online, in the public, etc. There is nothing you, Amy, and the kids hide from in the media. Do you think blogs (the internet) allows bloggers the ability to hide behind a curtain of anonimity rather than have an open dialouge?

Ok, I'm already skeptical! :) That's a very carefully well-crafted question for a normal fan question. I wonder who asked that question? :) It also appears to be a bit biased. Afterall honestly speaking, if there was nothing that Matt, Amy and the kids tried to hide from the media or the public, the National Enquirer wouldn't have shocked anyone when they informed the public that Jeremy Roloff had referred to Mike Detjen as "pretty sweet like a N-word", or calling people fagg*t-holes, or that he referred to Mexico as "that beaner place". If they truly weren't hiding anything Matt and Amy Roloff wouldn't speak in code and drop intentionally vague references; such as "one of our children" or Amy in an interview referring to "an incident" without ever directly mentioning what happened. Most people know it is about Jeremy Roloff's racist and homophobic language used on his Myspace account for several years. Why not directly refer to it? In my opinion, with instances like this, they are trying to hide it from anyone who might not be aware and they're trying not to draw attention to it, thus the vague references.

Matt's Answer: I think the internet allows all of us some anonymity which is good. That said some blogs and users who render personal opinions do at times hide who they are to protect themselves and their opinions from scrutiny, unlike us. Do I think that is fair? No especially not when bloggers' opinions are guised as personal attacks on me, my family, and our program. I would rather have an open conversation with someone who has a difference of opinion with me rather than be attacked by a nameless faceless entity.

We are here and always have been. We are open and engage any challenge that comes our way. It is hard to have a discussion when the other person isn't confident enough in their opinion or argument to back that up with who they are and why they have said opinion.

You have to put something on the line when you broadcast it to the world, your name and reputation. That is the risk you take. And that is a risk my family and I take everyday. To use an old adage, unless you are willing to "put your money where your mouth is" I think that speaks volumes about the value of what you say.

It could be a good thing when bloggers don't share their name and identity with their commentary because historically most successful movements have always had a name and a face behind their voice; I guess maybe we don't have to worry about the strength and validity of these comments and blogs after all.

Matt

Matt makes this statement: "We are open and engage any challenge that comes our way."

That statement, I'm sorry to say, is false. Several months ago, out of courtesy and fairness, we extended an offer to Jeremy Roloff to have his say on what has been said about him. That's the respectable and fair thing to do. This site extended the offer to Jeremy and the Roloff family. It isn't unheard of since members of the Roloff family have done interviews with other (sometimes less active than ours) blogs and websites.

A lot of people have spoken for Jeremy Roloff and offer their opinion on what they think is Jeremy Roloff's opinion and the meaning of his words and actions.

*Some of Jeremy's Christian fans have said Jeremy's "f*ggot" language and mocking gay behavior is Jeremy's way of showing his love of God and he is standing up for the Bible because homosexuality is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

*Some of Jeremy's fans say he did nothing wrong and Jeremy has never discussed it because Jeremy doesn't think he did anything wrong at all because he didn't do anything wrong by using the slurs he used.

*Some people say Jeremy was just ignorant of the words he was using and didn't know that "f*g" was a derogatory word for gay people or that the N word is highly offensive in most circles (there is a reason why the "N word" cannot even be typed in its entirety on most websites). Some people claim Jeremy was oblivious to what the words meant.


*Some people claim Jeremy didn't say any of it and it was all lies and Jeremy is completely innocent (though this sentiment pretty much stopped after Matt confirmed it as "one of his children's inappropriate language online").

*Some people say Jeremy is a full blown racist and gay basher and that he has hatred flowing through his veins and that's why he said what he said.

That's a lot of people speaking for Jeremy. In 9 days Jeremy is going to be 19 years old. What does Jeremy Roloff think? That is why we extended the offer for an interview --for Jeremy to have his say with an independent yet civil source (this site). Matt Roloff's employee quoted Jeremy as saying he wanted to answer all questions about himself for himself. I don't think that statement has truth to it.

Matt Roloff's website administrator is Jeremy Roloff's father's employee. It is comparable to a professional athlete such as Alex Rodriguez or Roger Clemens declaring that they are going to answer the tough questions. They conduct the interview and the interviewer, lo and behold, is their own agent or their father or their mother. At the end they declare 'I answered the questions!' In most opinions, I don't think that is the definition of an honest or unbiased interview or being open to questions. They would be laughed at.

Also, to clarify, when we extended the offer to Jeremy it was to represent all fans and all the buzz that people talk and wonder about. According to our site statistics, Jeremy is consistently the most searched about Roloff (which is basically a combination of two main subjects - the racist gay bashing inquiries and "Jeremy is cute" related searches). It wouldn't just be about "the scandal". I do think any interview is incomplete if the 'elephant in the room' issue is not broached. We would do our best to represent all fans - we have a great deal of loyal visitors who think Jeremy is the coolest and nicest person in the world, we want to ask their questions too. They're not all serious heavy subjects. There are soccer fans of Jeremy who would like to know why he waited until the last possible maximum age (16) to try out of ODP and don't understand why he didn't try out earlier. There are other soccer fans who are interested in Jeremy's advice for kids trying out for programs like ODP since he has the experience of the try out.

I wouldn't personally call it a "challenge". I don't think it is nearly that hostile, but if that is the word Matt is using, Jeremy Roloff did not take us up on that "challenge".

When Matt writes "we engage any challenge that comes our way" -- I take that to mean by "we" he means the entire Roloff family which includes Jeremy -- his statement is simply not true.

The Roloff family is well aware of our site. I can confirm that. I can confirm that several of Jeremy's friends know about this site. Obviously by Matt's answer here, he is aware -- as it seems to be almost a direct response to this blog. Jeremy chose not to accept the interview request. That is alright. If he doesn't feel he needs to justify his behavior, he has that right. I'm not going to harass Jeremy to do an interview. He obviously has his reasons for not accepting.

That's fine, however, it is not "engaging" in all challenges as Matt Roloff is stating. We did also do a piece on a letter that a woman who was concerned about Jeremy's behavior wrote to Amy Roloff, complete with the woman's name, telephone number and IP email. She did not receive a response from Amy directed at her concerns.

If Matt Roloff wants to do an interview, this site would welcome it. The contact information is here.

spiritswanderblog@yahoo.com The Roloffs can initiate contact through that if they accept all "challenges". I hate that this sounds so hostile, because from my perspective, it's not.

The Roloffs know of this site. Matt is welcome to accept our invitation and discuss with us. Quite honestly though, I think it is disrespectful to all involved especially Jeremy, to ask a 19 year old's father to speak for him and explain what the 19 year old thinks and was thinking and how he feels now. Jeremy Roloff is 9 days away from his 19th birthday. In all honesty, I think it's ridiculous that Jeremy Roloff at 19 years old has not spoken for himself about his own actions and opinions. He's not a child. He's not mentally challenged. He's a television star of a series. He's a co-author of a book about values. According to Matt Roloff, the entire family including Jeremy is available for public speaking engagements about diversity issues.

The only reason I can think why Matt Roloff still speaks for his soon to be 19 year old son, is because TLC, Discovery, GRP (Gay Rosenthal Productions - producers of LPBW) and Matt and Amy are terrified of allowing Jeremy to open his mouth on his own again publicly without the environment being controlled by TLC or Matt. If that's how they feel, I understand that. There are many wonderful and talented people who are associated with Little People, Big World. I'm sure there are many with great moral values who do not condone what Jeremy said and were disappointed to learn about it. I'm sure there are several individuals in the production of LPBW that dislike that their wonderful work and message that they present through the show is dilluted when one of the stars was caught with such distasteful behavior. I think the last thing they want is Jeremy once again undermining all their hard work and positive message by bringing more negativity towards the show by possibly saying something offensive again. I don't know that to be a fact - that is my guess. We know all too well what happened the last time Jeremy spoke uncensored-- Jeremy landed himself in the National Enquirer with the headline "Big Bigot - Racist, gay-basher."

However, if Matt Roloff wants to again speak for Jeremy, I would welcome the opportunity. I will try to represent all of our large following to the best of my ability. I would love to have the chance to do a series of interviews with Jeremy, with Matt, with Amy, with Zach, and even in the last several months Jacob Mueller is a hot topic of inquiries, add Jacob Mueller to the list.

If Matt welcomes a "challenge", he is welcome to do an interview and field questions from someone other than his hand-picked employee. Is that what Matt is trying to address by his answer? That he is stating that he would? The contact information is here. spiritswanderblog@yahoo.com

The Roloff family and interviews or even fielding questions is an interesting subject. When the Roloffs are interviewed by national media programs, talk shows with an audience of millions or even well established newspapers throughout the world, the goal is to introduce the Roloffs to people who probably aren't very familiar with them. The questions and subjects are very basic. 'Tell me what it's like to be a little person?' or 'So, you have this show, now what happens, cameras follow you around?' Even the local Portland interviews Matt and Amy have done are not really designed for regular viewers of the show. They aren't done by or for people that know the finer details of the show or the Roloff's facts and history.

With all due respect to the recent 5 audio questions Matt answered on TLC's website, the only the interviews or questions Matt answers are done on his official website. Matt's employee selects filtered questions, she discusses them with Matt in private and relays his answers. Since Matt Roloff is the boss of the employee interviewing him, I think it is fair to say Matt Roloff is essentially interviewing himself.

Again, if the Roloff family do not want to answer any questions in an environment not controlled by them that is their right. I am simply confused why Matt would state with his answer that they "engage all challenges" when that is simply not the case.

The next piece in Matt's answer and the crux of his issue seems to be that he wants personal information made public in order to voice opinions on his family.

The first thing about that is to point out the irony that I don't think Matt's real issue is that people use screen names or "handles" instead of their real names and personal information while posting opinions on the internet. The piece of irony here is that Matt was doing this interview which he answered this question with an individual who publicly identifies herself as "Disruptive Spirit" (not to be confused with Spirits Wander!!) - which I don't believe is her birth name ;-) Obviously Matt understands why people on the internet are reluctant to use their personal information - as long as that person never questions a Roloff's actions or statements and does not ever really disagree with anything a Roloff has said or done, and even publicly declares that Jeremy has a "right" to say the N word and should not be corrected.

Matt appears to be boasting here that his family is out in the open and are public figures. That is true. They chose to be public figures. They chose, by signing up five times for more seasons of their program. They've reaped the rewards and some of the cons of their choices. That's a choice the Roloffs have personally made and they've seen their lifestyle change because of it and LP awareness has definitely been helped by it as well. The decision to be public figures is not a choice that all people would make. There is a reason why these times are called the information age. With a name and location, a lot of people would not feel comfortable with the public knowing their home address or what school their children attend and such. I don't think this is a bragging tool Matt should be using -- if you voice a disagreement with the Roloffs such as Jeremy was wrong to say the N word and f*ggot, people should know where you live? I don't agree. I haven't been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a television network. Companies have not offered me free services in exchange for publicity. This is true of all users on the internet who voice opinions on public figures whether their opinion is positive or negative. The Roloffs put themselves out in the open through their show, through their books and through their public speaking events. People are going to discuss what they do. Hopefully viewers do it with intergrity and maturity (more on that later!).

The Roloffs are the public figures being rewarded for their decisions financially and I don't hold that against them. Matt has the means to hire security for his family when the Roloffs allow the public on their farm. Nobody makes any money on our blog (except maybe the Roloffs and TLC from our promotion which we are happy to provide) and it actually costs some money to maintain it. This site is purely for recreation, to be informative and fun. We hear from people from all walks of life, from all different countries - who thank us for providing the site and that is good enough for everyone involved. This blog is for people who are interested in the Roloff family and Little People, Big World. We aim to be a place for Roloff fans and followers to come and know that they're going to hear the honest news about things that involve these celebrities. They'll hear the good, the bad, anything we feel will be remotely interesting to viewers of the shows. We try to present things of interest and offer an opinion and you as a reader will form your own opinion. There are several people that contribute information to this site with their ears and eyes in several different places. If they see or know something interesting, they pass it on, we pass it on to you. Apparently people seem to appreciate our honest and open style of providing good and bad and all things Roloff and LPBW related because we've quickly generated a very large and loyal following.

The last point about Matt's issue of anonymity- if I was interviewing the Roloffs - on the condition of privacy - I would not mind sharing my name. I however do not have interest in posting personal information on the internet. We receive hate mail as well -- both from people who are upset at us for promoting the Roloffs and their endeavors as well as from people similar to Matt Roloff's rabid core supporters who feel any criticism of a Roloff is "hating" the family.

I don't want to provide my personal information publicly. What is the purpose? So people who send us hatemail via this site can harass us at home? Look our numbers up on the internet and crank call us all day or leave obscene messages? For all Matt has talked about being a Faith-based family, some of his rabid supporters he is fond of and says he is planning on quoting in a book, were banned numerous times on several different message board sites for their rude conduct, crude comments and harassment of people who did not always agree with everything the Roloffs have done.

Speaking on that subject for a second -- regarding Matt Roloff's "rabid" fans that hang out on his message board (not to be confused with all Roloff fans because we have tons of Roloff fans that follow our site, some of our contributors love everything about the Roloffs themselves) This is just speaking of a very small segment of people on Matt Roloff's official website message board - who do not represent all fans, fortunately.

http://mattroloff.com/talk/showthread.php?t=1986&page=30

This is almost embarassing to talk about and I'm not embarrased for our site. Some of Matt Roloff's official website message board users refer to our site - the name spiritswander as "spit-wadder", complete with smiley faces and tee-hee giggles.....to quote a Roloff kid "Are you freaking kidding me?" Spiritswander = Spit-wadder. Wow. That is the maturity level of a third grader, but perhaps that might not be giving third graders enough credit. These are adults. Adults that Matt Roloff has praised. Adults that Matt Roloff has said he is planning on quoting when he writes another book?? I'm speechless. Matt Roloff is a serious businessman with several professional business relationships. He is the former President of a respected organization such as the LPA. I'm stunned that Matt Roloff has any connection (allows this conduct on his official website) with this, praises some of these people and states he is planning on quoting some of these individuals in a future book. Spit-wadder to reference a site called Spirits Wander...I don't know what to say! This is not one of the Big Values the Roloffs wrote about in their family book. Just to clarify, my feelings are not hurt...if I was a 7 year old, I might be hurt...because this behavior is expected of 7 year old children. It truly is embarrassing.

Finally on the point about anonymity - I don't see the relevance. If the opinion is that Jeremy Roloff was wrong to use hate speech words, was further wrong to not apologize or express any regret, and if a person feels that Matt and Amy Roloff are hypocrites on this issue because they convey the attitude that they aren't really that bothered by Jeremy's use of hate words, but they're more upset at people who talk about it and don't pat Jeremy on the head and say he's a good Christian boy for saying what he did. The entire platform of the show and of their speaking careers as Matt has said several times - is that they speak "for all people of difference" - that includes black people, Mexicans, gay people, people with down syndrome, and hearing disabilities - Jeremy and his inseparable best friend, Jacob Mueller, who all the Roloffs have described as a great kid, have used words that are very hurtful and made jokes insulting to all those groups. It doesn't matter if it is Ozzy Osbourne, Oprah Winfrey, Charles Manson or a homeless man on the street corner stating that opinion - it has no bearing on the validity of the opinion that it is wrong for the Roloffs whose platform is we represent "all people of difference" to have a son who have used such hateful words without an apology or an acknowledgment from the son that he was wrong.

True, if it was the KKK founder speaking out against Jeremy's language, that would make him a hypocrite. It would not change anything about the Roloffs.

In fairness, I will say one thing for Matt on his issue of anonymity. I do think sometimes a few critics - perhaps with the "messy house" issue at times and more so with personal criticisms such as ridiculing the Roloffs for an occasional mispronounced word or mannerisms while speaking - criticisms that nobody with this blog has ever leveled against the Roloffs - could be frustrating because most people have something similar of their own that would show if they were in front of television cameras. So on that note, I can agree with Matt that people pretending to be perfect with the comfort of anonymity on the internet while criticizing them can be frustrating -- although it does come with the territory when you sign a contract to be on television and to be public figures. It becomes more of an issue with the Roloffs when they make certain claims publicly - such as Jeremy's quote in the Roloff family book stating that unlike a lot of teenagers, he does not drink alcohol or experiment with drugs because he only has fun in ways that please God. When people then see Jeremy reminsce with a friend about how at age 15 they stole Matt's vodka, replaced it with Sprite and proceeded to almost burn down the barn - that is going to garner some attention. Honestly, I think it's fair to say that a lot of people have some story similar to that in their teenage years. It would not get the same type of attention from people if Jeremy did not make the claim in a published book that he, unlike some teenagers, do not do that stuff and it is due to his love of God that he resists. He did make that claim in that book. He is portrayed that way on the show. As a result, many people praise the Roloffs for raising such good, innocent kids who don't drink like all those others bad teenagers. When Jeremy is found to be talking about drunk stories with friends, people can't be expected to just ignore it and not take notice of the discrepancies.

However, when it pertains to an issue such as, what I believe are some of the ugliest words in the english language and when their entire message is about diversity and respect, that's not pretending to be perfect. Thankfully a lot of people know it is wrong and is not acceptable and they should speak out against it. The Roloffs own close family friend - Jen Montzingo, is one of these people.

If people watch and admired the Roloffs because they truly care about their message that nobody should be ridiculed or mocked or have hate words said about them because they are "different" than those people should be disappointed when they discover that a kid that they thought was better than that has been using hateful words and mocking behavior - even if that kid is a Roloff. If they excuse it - then they didn't really understand the professed message of the show - they are simply starstruck by celebrities on television. That's not supposed to be the message of the show.

My final point on this entire subject is to express some disappointment. It is disappointing that Matt Roloff apparently has such negative feelings towards our site. I would expect that from his rabid group of 4 or 5 rabid supporters that feel comfortable on his message board. However, Matt is a professional. I think it is childish to declare something as an "attack" or label as a "hater" because one disagrees with something the family has done and voices that disagreement.

I ask what is the most distasteful thing about the Roloffs? If you had to choose? Personally, I would say discovering that Jeremy used such nasty hateful slurs and mocking behavior for so long and even more so that he didn't have the moral values to say he was wrong and apologize - in addition to the whole way the Roloffs have failed to address it appropriately (more venom towards people that say was wrong than towards Jeremy for using the words). I think the second most distasteful thing about the Roloffs was discovering that Jeremy, Zach and their friends were so nasty to adoring fans on the internet. It's all been said before - Zach and Jeremy saying they wanted to tell fans to F off at their TLC organized beach party, their friends calling Jeremy's fans losers, b*tches, f*ggots - Jeremy and his friends mocking a Puerto Rican girl who had a fan page in honor of him and his family and perhaps she was not the prettiest girl in the world. Once you know this about them, yet they are portrayed on the show and in the books, as sweet innocent Christian boys -- it's hard to ignore and dismiss. As Matt says, viewers only see a small segment of the real them. When you know things such as that (the language, the insults coming directly from Jeremy and his friends uncensored) it's disappointing and makes certain aspects of the show and the image the Roloffs portray less believable.

Those are the two biggest issues I personally am disappointed with about the Roloffs. This does not equate to hating the Roloffs. Nor does expressing skeptism over certain things - such as Jeremy's quote in the book discussed above or Matt's down-playing of how the family has benefited financially from the television show. This is not in any way, shape or form -- "hate".

If you can't be disappointed in the family on the show with the platform "we represent all issues of difference", when the son says such ugly words, what seriously can you disagree with them about? Let that go, but you can disagree with them that they don't drink skimmed milk??

Furthermore this is not a "hate" blog. The only people I would expect to have that opinion of this site is the 4 or 5 rabid fans of Matt Roloff on his official website. I think calling this site a "hate blog" is ridiculous, narrow-minded, childish and completely inaccurate. There is absolutely no hatred on our site. It is ludicrous to suggest such. Even in the public comments from readers - we strive to allow freedom of expression, but we don't tolerate any vicious personal attacks on any person Roloff or not - you will never see anybody be ridiculed or mocked for their appearance, etc. There is no hatred involved in anything on this site. It is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard -- but consider the source -- Matt's 4 or 5 rabid fans on his offical message board.

There are many things I personally admire about Matt and Amy Roloff. Jeremy's language and behavior with his friends and their treatment of people online is not one of the things I admire. The Roloffs handling of the issue is another thing that I do not admire.

There are many things that I like and respect about the Roloffs and they actually out-number the bad. The site prides itself on being balanced and honest. The site has praised Matt for his work in Iraq. We've relayed positive personal reviews of Amy and the kids helping out with Habitat for Humanity. We've discussed how the Mike Detjen memorial show was tastefully well done and emotional. Personally, I agree with a lot of the values the Roloffs present about life and the way they live their lives as was stated during the recap article following the episode regarding Mike Detjen's passing. All you need to do is browse the site archives. It's our goal to make the blog enjoyable and interesting to people with all different and varying opinions about the Roloffs. All attitudes and infomation is presented with that in mind.

Regarding the issue of their son's language, which is indeed consistently the single-most inquired about topic - we do disagree with the Roloffs.

I'll also inform you that we've had several pleasant exchanges with TLC staff - even perhaps a few compliments. It's nice to see that some understand that even if you don't like a decision or something that a family does which pertains to their very message, that you don't have a hatred for them. I find it insulting and shocking that any rational person would consider this blog to be a "hate" blog.

If Matt Roloff honestly believes that if you don't like what Jeremy said and you think it's hypocritical given their whole platform, you are automatically a hater that is hatefully attacking the family -- that is very disappointing and unfortunate.

Amy Roloff discussed her Christian faith on Fox News May 2nd

Amy was interviewed by Fox News on May 2nd, 2009 to discuss the Roloffs Christian faith. The Fox News interviewer said Little People, Big World and the Roloff family have earned high marks because not only is the show family oriented, but it is faith oriented and they don't hide their Christian Faith.

Amy answered that the show is real and about their family; faith is apart of their family. Amy said that is very encouraging to people and regardless of what a person's faith may be, it is very similar to what everybody else has with the foundation in their own family.

Presumably because of this interview, we're receiving a lot of inquiries today asking what faith are the Roloffs or inquiries about Amy Roloff's Christian faith. Some people might have seen the interview, but are not very familiar with the Roloffs and trying to find out more.

I think it is fair to say that on the show religion is not made into a major issue. The Roloff kids attend a private Christian school which has been shown and talked about several times. They've mentioned the kids being involved in various youth Church groups and occasionally (perhaps 4 or 5 times) they've shown the Roloffs saying a prayer before a meal (although family dinners are rare for the Roloffs). On a recent show in which Jacob said "Molly F'd us" for telling on him, Amy made him write out a passage in the Bible as his punishment.

In print and interviews however, the Roloffs are much more out-spoken about their Christian beliefs. Many of Amy's speaking engagements are Christian events and the Roloffs 2007 book "Little Family, Big Values" went into to detail about their beliefs and God - which included statements such as Jeremy stating he didn't drink or do the other bad stuff teens are known for because of his faith in God (although there was contradictory evidence to that seen on his Myspace account over the years).

You can watch the Fox News interview clip with Amy about the Roloffs Christian faith here.

http://www.foxnews.com/search-results/m/22210505/little-people-big-world.htm#q=Amy+Roloff