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.

95 comments:

Julie said...

WOW! Great interview!!! Great job Dan!

Now where can I get a boyfriend like Daniel? :)

Brokenwing said...

Thank you Daniel. Some loyal fans have always known that you guys reacted the way you said.

I'm sorry about Mike, I can tell you were very close to him.

Jason said...

I'm stunned. Count me as impressed too.

Dan is too good for the Roloffs.

Why couldn't Jeremy have done that? Because he doesn't have the guts to say he made a mistake like Dan or because Jeremy still doesn't get it?

Mark said...

Daniel is more mature than I am almost 10 years older!

And he's right. Arnold rules!

Jocelynn said...

I'm so proud of Dan for doing the right thing. I'll never say another negative thing about Dan. Hopefully some of Dan's influence will rub off on Jeremy.

It was very sweet to read his feelings for Mike. I kind of teared up.

Natalie said...

Outstanding interview. Thank you Spirits for posting it and Daniel for answering. Now that's an interview! :)

Dan does look great too and he and his girlfriend make a very cute couple.

Timothy said...

Yeah, my respect for Daniel went up 200%.

If Jeremy had just said that when it came out or for that matter, anytime, the whole thing would have been dropped.

That's exactly what I wanted to hear from Jeremy.

One of the only things I disagree with Daniel about is people are going to judge when someone uses racists words and they do not apologize. If they do as Daniel did, that's one thing. But why would people let Jeremy off the hook when he hasn't done that?

Brandon said...

I think this proves that criticism can be a good thing. If everybody had done what some people did and swept it away and said Jeremy was just being a good boy, would Dan had ever got the message that he should change?

People were upset and Daniel changed for the better.

I still think Jeremy is too arrogant and that's why he's not capable of feeling the same way as Daniel.

*That's an interesting hood on the truck.

Laura said...

I love the Roloffs and Daniel. This shows that they are great people. They make mistakes, but they learn from them.

I think Dan is very mature for his age.

As a Matt fan, I'm glad to read that Daniel gave Matt credit for being a wonderful boss and for creating their own Disneyland for all the kids. They are very lucky. I'm glad Dan appreciaties it.

It was heart-breaking to read Daniel about Mike :(

Anonymous said...

Fantastic interview and answers! And pictures! :)

I was surprised that Daniel took Mike's death so hard. I thought Mike was only really close to Jeremy.

leonel said...

Awesome interview. And my apologies because the focus of this interview and posting is Daniel:

I am having a difficult time believing that Jeremy has changed his mindset about the language he uses. Come on: years after the National Enquirer incident, he used the n-word to describe Mike? I don't understand..


Regardless, Daniel seems to have learned a lot since that incident. How very grown-up of him. And, it was great to read about Daniel and Mike. I'm glad I stopped over to check out this interview.

Rap541 said...

"I love the Roloffs and Daniel. This shows that they are great people. They make mistakes, but they learn from them. "

It certainly shows *Dan* is a good person and has grown up a lot. Good for him, showing some growth and real maturity.

"I was surprised that Daniel took Mike's death so hard. I thought Mike was only really close to Jeremy."

I'm not surprised. I think Mike had a life beyond the Roloffs.

Jocelynn said...

Leonel, I think you misunderstood. Jeremy's Mike comment was part of the NE article. The comment was made in about 2006, if I remember correctly. The NE article came out in 2008.

DJ said...

I commend Dan to the fullest. It sounds like he's really grown up.

God bless.

David said...

I have nothing but positive feelings towards Daniel now.

I kind of wish I had a friend like Dan!

He really seems to know what is important.

Lisa said...

Dan showed so much wisdom. It's hard to believe he's only 18 and has already learned so much.

I do wonder why Jeremy has not said anything like this. I think it takes a level of humility to admit mistakes and say you're trying to improve. I don't know if Jeremy is humble enough to really feel the same way as Dan.

It's a good sign though that he has a friend like Dan.

Nancy said...

Great interview! I always liked Dan ever since he was in the woods with Zach and helped him across the log.

Dan seemed like the one friend on the show that wasn't just Jeremy's friend first and Zach was an afterthought.

I felt bad for all the friends on the show because they don't get paid, but they still have to deal with the same of the negative things that come with it.

The Roloffs brought it on themselves, but the friends don't have much choice, either stop being friends with them or they need to be a part of it.

Christine said...

I really like what Daniel said. It couldn't have been easy to admit some of those things, but it does show wonderful character.

If I was his girlfriend, I would be very happy with Dan's interview :) He sounds like he's very committed to her.

The one thing I disagree with Dan about is Jeremy and Zach not having time to ever communicate with fans online. Sure they do. They don't have real jobs. Dan has a job. The Roloffs job is the show. If they're normal kids, normal kids do have time. It's not like the don't do it just when it's final exams at school. They don't do it at anytime. In the summer they have no school and no jobs. They still do zippo for the fans.

The point about them spending time with friends is the point. They're probably using a lot of the goodies they get from proceeds of the show. That's exactly why they should, when they get back from one of their adventures, talk to the people who are putting money and goodies on their plate. I even notice the Roloff kids wear clothes and hats from all the free stuff they get from the show. If they like that stuff...they can again thank the fans.

Even with sports, the Roloffs might not have been able to afford to have all kids play sports all year every year. Zach is even asking the public to pay for him to play soccer in Ireland. But they can't be cool to fans ever?

I'm not buying that they don't have time. Or it's ironic, they don't have time for the fans because they're too busy using all the stuff they get from the show that the fans support.

I agree with everything else Dan said and he sounds like a really genuine person, but I think his friendship with Jeremy and Zach makes him biased about that subject.

Jeremy and Zach are ungrateful and unappreciative and stuck up towards fans. Though like Spirits said, I know Zach used to be better. Jeremy is a really stuck up selfish person with fans who seems to be in denial that all the stuff he has is because of fans watching LPBW.

April said...

Dan rocks! That's all I wanted to hear and more. He learnt from the past and tries to be a good person.

That's what everybody should do.

I wonder if Dan spoke at Mike's memorial? I would have like to have been able to hear that, but I probably would need another box of tissues.

Best interview ever!

Greg said...

Awesome job, Dan. It really pleased me to read this.

Stay strong with the long distance relationship, Dan :) I know what it's like, it's tough, but it's worth it to be with the one you love in the end.

I hope Jeremy will learn something about taking responsibility from his friend who is younger than he is.

Angela said...

Dan is a standup fellow, that's for sure.

I always thought they were wrong, but just immature, not hateful or malicious. It's good to see Dan mature and grow up.

Great pictures too. I like the picture on the tractor with Dan and Jake Roloff. Cute. Dan looks like his older brother.

Rachel said...

3 comments.

1. Dan perfect answers. Great answers, great guy.

2. Dan's girlfriend is very pretty. They're very cute together.

3. Who is the drop-dead gorgeous, smoking hot guy in the third picture down standing in between Dan and Jer? I don't recognize him.

Anonymous said...

~DANIEL MEICHTRY~

Just wanted to say to everyone thank you for all of the encouragement, support, and kinds words. Though we may not agree on every aspect I'm happy to get my views and opinion out there and to me we are all entitled to our own and don't need to agree. The popular thing seems to be about Jeremy and comparing us and I just want to say to everyone that my take is that we all have things wrong with us and something I've tried to apply to my life is that instead of pointing the finger, even if we think its to help others or if we genuinley are trying to, I think that we should be examining ourselves and try to just be a good example of love and of character for each other and hey maybe it'll rub off on the people that see it. I believe that God is the only just judge so I don't think i should try to judge others actions even if I don't agree because its not my agenda to worry about.

Just my 2 cents.
Again thank you so much for the kind words and support and i really appreciate the mutual respect goingon here. Its a much better place to be than acting uncivil and disrespectful and i thank you all for that!!!

Also PLEASE add my music page if you would like and feel free to comment me on there and message me on whatever topics. If its more of a personal thing messages are great but its up to you guys. Thanks for everything and Due to your great acceptance and forgiveness I can say I am extremely happy that I did this interview!

God Bless

~DANIEL

www.myspace.com/danielmeichtry2

Kyle said...

Awesome interview!

I really enjoyed hearing Dan's take and I'm really impressed and surprised.

Dan - One thing - You showed character. You took on the questions and answered for yourself. You said you were wrong. You accepted responsibility. You called it inexcusable. You've said you've done things that are wrong and you're obviously improving.

Jeremy did not do any of that.

Those are the facts. You can call it judging, but those are the facts. People are giving you credit for showing character because you did.

Jeremy has not.

Renee said...

That was very interesting to read. I always thought the friendships on the show was sweet and you can see the good times they had.

Everybody makes mistakes, but it's important to own up to those mistakes and that's what Dan did.

It is still very sad to read about Mike.

Angela said...

Rachel, the guy in the picture you're talking about is Scott. He's been on the show many times.

leonel said...

Thanks, Jocelynn, for clarifying!

M said...

Good job Dan. It was great to hear your side of the story and whats going on with you.
The Roloffs are lucky to have you.
Take care and god bless

Wendy said...

I respect Dan for wanting to do this and for reflecting on his behavior and owning up to it. I respect him for wanting to set a good example.

Having said that - I think there is more to the homosexual mocking than it being nothing or just "buds who are comfortable". I think the reason why they think it's funny is more deep-rooted than that. However, Dan admitted it's best not to do it, I can admire that.

It's hard for me to believe that *Jeremy* doesn't have any mindset of racism when he used the N word in that essence.

Dan growing up, being remorseful and trying to make ammends is not Jeremy taking responsibility.

I respect Dan's attitude and I think the intentions in his heart are good, however, I have doubts that Jeremy could be accountable like Dan.

Meg said...

Great to hear from you, Dan! Nice interview. Like someone else said, I think you're a great friend and the Roloffs are lucky to have you.

I think you need to look at something has tragic as Mike's death as a chance to learn and it looks like you've done that. You've learned at a very young age to appreciate people in your life and not to take them for granted because you never know what can happen. You can apply it to the rest of your life and all the people who will be part of your lives. Some people don't learn that until it is too late.

God Bless.

Isabelle said...

I liked that alot. I can't help but wonder what some of the other guys answers would be like to those questions. Am I wrong to think Jeremy and Mueller would not sound as good?

It's nice that Amy and Matt and have been like second parents. Amy I think likes being the Mom to all the kids friends.

Anonymous said...

great job! i love the roloffs and their friends :)

Robert said...

Interesting.

I believe him when he says they didn't intend to hurt feelings.

I not so sure they had completely pure motives, particularly regarding gay people. When Christians that support Focus on the Family and oppose gay rights, also use the word "f*ggots" I have a hard time believing it is completely innocent.

However, it is a big step to admit a wrong and Dan did do the right thing.

As everyone else is also saying, Jeremy hasn't. It's another person doing something Jeremy should have done. Matt addressed it. Not Jeremy. Dan apologized. Not Jeremy.

Anonymous said...

ALOT is not a word. It should be "a lot."

Anonymous said...

He is just the bees knees

Erin Carter said...

I didn't know much about Dan before this, but I am very pleased. He is a really good young man trying to be a good person.

I hope Jeremy learns from Dan, but I suspect Jeremy has too much ego to be accountable.

That's one of my concerns with kids becoming celebrities and Matt and Amy's lax parenting doesn't help matters.

Dan's parents can be very proud.

Susan said...

I recall seeing some of Daniel's and online commuinication two to three years....it is night and day.

There is no use in criticizing his past actions because he has made amends.

Jeremy is another story. He made the comments and he hasn't acknowledged it or displayed any character. Jeremy's moral fabric is not strong.

In all honesty, Dan cannot know Jeremy's mindset when Jeremy made the comment about Mike being his N or the comment about Mexico.

SF said...

Dan did a good thing here. That's how somebody should act. Jeremy is an example how not to deal with something like this. Jeremy has too much arrogance to be able to stand up, face tough questions and say he was wrong. He was raised by Matt and Amy to believe he's awesome and thus believes he's better than others and doesn't need to apologize. Have you ever heard the word "Sorry" come out of Jeremy's mouth? Think about it.

But I'm not believing for a second Jeremy saying "f*ggot-hole" was not mean to mock gay people or he didn't realize it was derogatory when he was saying it.

They're very anti-gay and it shows in ways like that. I dare TLC to allow the Roloffs to talk about what they think about gay people on the show. They won't do that because they'll lose a lot of support from people who don't realize to what degree the Roloffs and all their friends are anti gay.

But Dan did show character and I respect him for trying to make it better.

Janelle said...

I think Daniel is an outstanding young MAN. HE will be a good husband and father one day.

Jeremy not so much. A kid that can't take his lumps is something to stay away from.

Jer Fan said...

I love Jeremy and I think Jeremy is lucky to have a good friend like Daniel. Go Dan! :)

Anonymous said...

Dan got in good shape. The first picture is a nice picture.

emily said...

DAN thank you for doing that. I admire you a lot. You don't seem to have any ego and that's hard to find.

I'm jealous of your friends for not having a friend like you!

Anonymous said...

Daniel has a conscience and a good heart.

Lauren said...

The completely surprised me. I feel confident in believing that Daniel has grown up and is trying to be a good person. Bravo Daniel.

I remember having the same feelings upon my high school graduation. A combination of sadness and excitement.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy does not have to comment on the subject just because Dan did,Their two diffrent people and shouldnt be compared.True Daniel did a Fantastic job on this interview and answered every question with great intelligence,but Jeremys place in the Matter is more involved than Dans.Its not fair to say Jeremy doesnt care about his fans or hasnt learned his leason when we truely have no idea what goes on in these peoples lives and what they feel.And honestly,put yourself in Jeremys shoes.If it was you in this situation and loads of people were bad mouthing you and had their minds made up that you were self-fish and stuck up,you'd probably be alittle scared to comment on the fact and have it all blown up again,and be afraid they wouldnt believe your statement anyway.You probably wouldnt comment either.Did anyone ever think how Jeremy feels when he reads this stuff or his family.Its unfair to say you know how a person is and what hes like when you dont even know him.I believe Jeremy and his friends are good guys(proven by Daniel) and even though they made mistakes,which we all have done,its not fair to judge them,because they dont judge you on yours.Jeremy just turned 19 and barely graduated,Having a show were thousands,most likely more,watch your life and want to know everythng about you can be overwhelming.Its not like Jeremys a terrible person because of a mistake.By goly then we'd all be horrible people.If i had a dime everytime i heard those comments the guys made,id be rich.Does that make it right? Absolutely not.But it doesnt mean we get to single out Jeremy for it either all because hes on t.v. I think the roloffs are very appriciative of their fans.They might not show it regularly or as often as some may like,but doesnt mean they truely arent thankful.We dont know what goes on in their lives and what they truely have time for.So im gonna believe Dan when he says they do the best they can.I dont expect this to change anyones mind,but honestly put yourself In Their shoes and think how you'd feel next time your about to say something and hopefully you wont be so quick to judge. ;)

Christian said...

"Did anyone ever think how Jeremy feels when he reads this stuff or his family."

Did Jeremy ever think about how people feel when he calls them n-words and faggotholes? Boo hoo, poor Jeremy used racist words and now people think he's not a nice person. Well, maybe the lesson here is to not casually use racist terms in a public forum?

I don't see Jeremy saying "Hey, I made a mistake. I'm sorry." I see a LOT of people saying he doesn't have to apologize since he's a kid/he's Christian/everyone does it/etc etc etc. But I don't see Jeremy, who is an adult in every sense of the word now, and not a child AT ALL, not saying boo about his actions.

Thats ok, but as much as I liked Dan's comments - Dan and the moderator made it very clear that Dan is not speaking for Jeremy, therefore Dan saying they do the best they can means nothing when its applied to Jeremy. Jeremy doesn't get to take credit here for Dan's comments.

Dana said...

Christian, you should read the interview again. Dan said "we realized". Dan has know Jeremy since kindergarten. How long have you known Jeremy? Dan knows what is in Jeremy's heart. Dan said Jeremy is a huge heart and is an an amazing person.

Like Anon at 2:14am said, Dan has more freedom, more time for these things and less demands on his time than Jeremy.

Dan's message that your ignoring was don't judge people (Jeremy) because only God can judge and only God knows what is in Jeremy's heart.

Christian said...

SO although this article pointedly states that Dan is NOT speaking for Jeremy - according to you, he is and IF DAN SAYS IT THEN IT IS AS IF JEREMY HAS SAID IT.

Correct? Dana knows better than the board moderater and Dan Meichtry himself and has decided Dan and the board moderator *are lying* and *do speak for Jeremy as if it is coming from Jeremy's mouth"?

Dana - what I know is that Dan said he wasn't speaking for Jeremy. You are stating that Dan IS speaking for Jeremy.

Please explain how long you have personally known either Dan Meichtry or Jeremy Roloff to where *YOU* have this knowledge that Dan *himself* had the honesty to not claim.

I'm legitemately not trying to jump on you, Dana. I just don't understand how Dan saying, and the board moderator saying that Dan is not speaking for Jeremy means that if Dan said it, then as far as you're concerned, it's Jeremy's words. How long have you known Jeremy? How long, Dana? You know Jeremy and Dan's heart well enough to insist Dan speaks for Jeremy - I assume you mean Dan is *lying* when he says he does not?

I didn't see Jeremy stand up and be a man and apologize and I think you are very wrong to take Dan's comments as "I, Jeremy Roloff speaking through Dan, apologize" - you're willfully ignoring this.

"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. "

Who are you to say that Dan speaks for Jeremy and Dan's words are Jeremy's words? Why are you giving Jeremy credit for Dan's actions?

Anonymous said...

Christian,

read the interview again.He does say he is not speaking for the roloffs or jeremy..on some subjects.But on one subject,when it was adressed about the roloffs interactions with the fans and what jeremy is like,he did talk about them.He said Jeremy has a big heart and HE KNOWS JEREMY,better than any of these people and you do.Your gonna tell me you never said stuff about other people and made comments about them? What Jeremy and his friends said is wrong,thats true but im sure they truely do understand that now,as Dan said.Yes Dan said that,look in the interview.Its not right for total strangers to be judging Someone on their rights and wrongs.Dan was very mature and big for doing this interview,but maybe jeremy needs more time.Hes more involved than Dan is and has more character being questioned and maybe hes afraid to piss more people off.he is being more ridiculed.And i dont even know why EVEYONE thinks they deserve an Apology.What he did was very wrong but doesnt mean he needs to go on television and make a public statement addressing it to EVERYONE.Do you do that when you a make a mistake? no. you accept it and try to move om from it,and maybe thats what hes trying to do.maybe one day he will address the issue,but we shouldnt be judging him cause he isnt.Its between him and God.And if jeremy hasnt learned anything from this whole situation,then thats no ones problem but his,Hes gonna have to be the one to deal with it now and later and through his life,no one else.So i dont understand why everyone is involving themselves in his mistake.You know it was wrong,you know you'll never do that so why keep stressin over this situation.If you dont like Jeremy or what he and his friends did,why are you even here and worrying about it in the first place.Just dont.
oh and Christian not all of this is towards you.i know i made it seem that way,but its not sorry,haha :)

Rap541 said...

Actually - Dan pretty clearly states he is not speaking for the Roloffs and Spiritswander makes that point as well. Yes, he knows Jeremy, but to be a bit blunt, Dan is not Jeremy, and neither is Dana, who appears to claim to know both Dan and Jeremy's hearts as well.

I think Dan comes off very mature and I don't think it's fair to assume he's nothing here but Jeremy's mouthpiece. That takes away from Dan and makes Dan and Dan's comments nothing but tools. Yes, Anon, people are judging Jeremy Roloff for his public comments... the same way *Jeremy* and his pals like Dan dfound it funny and cute to judge total strangers themselves. I imagine it's pretty funny when you and your pals are laughing and pointing at the "faggitholes".... but apparently Jeremy should be treated better than he wishes to treat others. He can judge total strangers, but he is not to be judged.

I think the very positive reaction Dan recieved on his comments is the sign that most people would not treat Jeremy *poorly* for making a similar statement. I think, Anon, you seem to be working from a position that Jeremy is just like all other *not on tv* kids. Sadly, thats incorrect. Jeremy is a celebrity - I know a lot of die hard fans don't like this acknowledged but really, Jeremy has been on a tv show for 4 years. He's been on Oprah. He gets a paycheck for *doing a tv show*. He's a public figure (and btw a year past being a child) He gets that paycheck because of his image as a good Christian in a family that chamnpions diversity. Yes, it is a public problem when a young man whose diversity and love of all God's people has been discussed in a published book is revealed to have possible issues with racism and intolerence.

And no, he's not a child, so he should be able to speak for himself, and he's a nineteen year old high school graduate whose only job is to play himself on camera. Jeremy is not too busy to speak for himself. Dan is not speaking for him, and really, I don't see why Jeremy deserves credit for what Dan did. You're trying to have it both ways here - Dan speaks for Jeremy when you like what is being said - but really, the entire point of the disclaimer to this interview is so that Jeremy can't be held responsible for Dan's words. So no, Dan is not speaking for Jeremy.

Thats before we get into the unpleasant fact that any number of people here really should recall their own defense of what Jeremy said as being his Christian right and that there's nothing wrong with it - Dan pretty clearly states it was wrong. If you're insisting Dan speaks for Jeremy, then Jeremy agrees that he doesn't have any Christian right to hate non believers. :)

Diane said...

Anon,

I like what Dan said in his interview at large, but about Jeremy and fans, he is biased for Jeremy.

It's just a huge excuse to say Jeremy doesn't have time for fans and does all he can.

Jeremy has NO job! Like Rap said, his job is to play himself on camera. His job is to do fun things like take trips and go gliding and to car shows for free.

Look at now, Jeremy and Zach don't even have school! They have NO real job and they have NO school. What are they doing for 8 hours a day while Molly and Jacob are still in school? They aren't suddenly thanking fans.

The only reason why Jeremy does jack all (nothing) with fans is because he's too busy playing with all the stuff he has because fans support his show.

That's the definition of a stuck up, selfish primadonna. If Jeremy acts like a selfish, ungrateful snob, I'm not gonna feel bad when he gets called that.

Anonymous said...

Jeremy OBVIOUSLY isnt getting credit for what Dan said,so why is it continuously being brought up.I NEVER said that.But it isnt right to say Jeremy has to make a comment because Dan did with comments like"I hope Jeremy will learn something about taking responsibility from his friend who is younger than he is."or"i wish Jeremy did that."

"I imagine it's pretty funny when you and your pals are laughing and pointing at the "faggitholes".... " EXCUSE ME!? see there someone goes again,acting like they know someone they dont.Actually,my friends and dont call people those kinds of names considering some of my friends are gay.The comments made dont affend us because we know there not true about any gay person or AfricanAmerican.Im not saying the comments should be taken lightly by JEREMY or HIS family,but that no one has the right to sit here and namecall or ridicule him until he says something about it.You want him to make a public apology or thanks to fans?what fans? ones that call him a selfish,spoiled,stuck up brat. oh nice. And whats the whole issue here? Jeremy making hurtful comments about people and not apologizing for it,RIGHT?.So does that mean you have to go out in public and apologize to Jeremy for the things you call him? or what your saying "rap" is that you guys dont have to because your not on t.v. but jeremy does because he is.Either way its the same wrong,should be held with the same consequence.

If you dont like Jeremy so much or think hes a bad person,then dont watch the show.Your saying,Diane, because Jeremy called others names,he should be called them as well,thats ok?.Should everyone do this until he gets the lessons and straightens up?Fighting fire with fire doesnt solve anything.If you want Jeremy to talk about it, calling him names and questioning his character isnt going to make him.Hes probablly gonna feel less likely to with people who seem like they hate him.

Diane said...

My comment wasn't about Jeremy apologizing for his language (although I think he should).

My comment was about question 30 and 31 in the Dan interview. They are talking about fans that like him and LPBW and the fact that Jeremy has ignored them and acts like an ungrateful spoiled snob. It's an excuse to say he never has time. What's he doing? He has no real job and no school. Oh that's right, he's playing with all the stuff he has because fans are supporting him and his family. But he's just too stuck up to give anything of his time.

Anonymous said...

Honestly if you lived on that farm and had what he had,you probablly would spend your majority of time doing other things too.And its easy to say no you wouldnt now because thats not the case,your from an outside view.No,Jeremy doesnt SHOW his appreciation,but doesnt mean HE DOESNT HAVE IT either.Matt and Amy show alot of Appreciation and thats enough for me cause the kids are kids and want to be kids.Yes Jeremy is 19 but was still in highschool,or atleast was until a day or two ago.People are gonna tell me that right at the age of 18 a switch turned on and they acted like mature adults and handled ALL their responsibilities themselves? most likely not.Jeremy is still wanting to hang out like others kids and get a few more memories with family and friends before college.And the excuse that he doesnt have school,i mean really he JUST got out.And yes he now has to get ready for college and do that,which is time cosuming and nerve recking.And his job is on the farm,doesnt mean its not a job.He works and prepares for it like everyone else does with their jobs.Its not like he has ALL the time in the world like everyone thinks and probablly, do to the show,has limited amounts.And the trips he and his family get to go on are FOR the show.Yes an advantage for them,but it also makes for a good show and is not all the familys doing.But when fans see Jeremy and Ask for a pic or talk to him on the farm or elsewhere,hes polite and acknowledges them.Just wait until the near future when the boy has actually matured and i bet we'll see more appreciation and respect.And if you want some appriciation,go to Matt Roloffs or Amy Roloffs site and ask if the family can all write a message on there or something.:)

Rap4541 said...

"Jeremy OBVIOUSLY isnt getting credit for what Dan said,so why is it continuously being brought up.I NEVER said that"

Since you are posting anonymously, thats very easy to say :)

" Dan said "we realized". Dan has know Jeremy since kindergarten"

"He does say he is not speaking for the roloffs or jeremy..on some subjects.But on one subject,when it was adressed about the roloffs interactions with the fans and what jeremy is like,he did talk about them.He said Jeremy has a big heart and HE KNOWS JEREMY,better than any of these people and you do."

Whats being implied here? Dan said "we realized" therefore he is saying Jeremy realized and is in full agrement with him... except that Dan and Spiritswander both said Dan is not speaking for Jeremy.

Anon - you seem to be supporting the "don't judge Jeremy!" view - so put yourself in the role of someone Jeremy judges. Why is it ok for Jeremy to judge others - as faggots and n-words for him to laugh at and mock in kissing photos and *not be judged himself?* Why is his behavior hands off? If one of your gay friends was offended by say Jeremy Roloff pretending to kiss one of his male friends because homosexuality is wrong, would you tell your friend to not be offended as they have no right to judge?

Honestly, if he was just the numbskull kid living across the street, you're damn right I'd be speaking to his parents. Its much worse that *Jeremy* is getting a big paycheck for being on tv as part of a diverse family and he can't control himself enough to realize that his comments - right or wrong, can dramatically impact his image. It comes off hypocritcal, particularly considering the way Jeremy was portrated as a noble young boy who stands in defense of his different family (an image he gets money for). Yes, I have a problem with a young man being lauded as a great boy, a great man, a great Christian, when by all accounts, he's got *some* idea he did wrong and his response, after all is said and done, is to hide behind his daddy and not speak to it.

Truthfully- I honestly would drop the issue if Jeremy was willing to admit he was out of line to use racist hatespeech on line. I'd forgive it, easily - but really, he has to want to be forgiven. If he's not willing to say "I'm sorry" - then he's not ging to get a "you're forgiven, lets move on".

Time wise, I'm just tired of hearing that a 19 year old kid who takes five vaations a year and whose only job is to goof off with friends on camera doesn't have time for any media attention.

Justin said...

Anon, I am around Jeremy's age. I work in a restaurant to help pay towards college.

If I had what Jeremy had because the show has fans, yes yes yes, I would put aside some time in the week (I'd even say in the day) as my show of appreciation and thanks.

When it gets tiresome he should ask himself how much he likes having all his old cars and swimming pool and getting to take Mueller with him on those five vacations a year. Jeremy takes and gives nothing back. That's being a ungrateful for what he has and to the people who make it possible.

It beats working a job like me and most people Jeremy's age are working.

Come on, who are you kidding? He doesn't SHOW appreciation, but that doesn't mean he doesn't HAVE it?? If he had it, he'd show it.

Instead he's just an unappreciative snob who doesn't have any gratitude to the people who makes his life so cushy.

I'm also tired of people citing Jeremy on the farm with fans as his "show of appreciation". People are paying for that. Jeremy is making money out of it. And it is for about 10 days in the entire year!

Rap541 said...

I think I would buy "Jeremy is busy with school" and "Jeremy is preparing for college!" more easily if Jeremy ever seemed the slightest bit interested in going to school. I'd also be more willing to accept "he's working on the farm" if the farm didn't have staff. I don't want to take away from Jeremy in that I think he does chores around the farm, but really - I grew up with farm kids on *real farms*. I don't see Jeremy or Zach, or in fairness Molly or Jake, getting up and doing two hours of chores in the morning, and needing to come straight home from school, no after school activities, to work another two or three hours doing farmwork. I'm glad for them that they don't have to - I felt bad for my farmkid friends who truly viewed a sleepover at my house as a huge treat since my chores were light in comparison, but really, I don't see any pressure on the Roloff kids - except during the one month pumpkin sale season, for them to "work". WHich is fine, but they don't get credit for working like farm kids when they don't.

Justin makes a valid point about Jeremy's cars and vacations. He's making pretty good money on the show - we're told they don't film every day and its very clear that Jeremy gets filmed playing soccer and hanging around with friends and thats what's earning him a paycheck. Not flipping burgers for minimum wage or scrambling for a summer job. He's got how many cars? 3? A nineteen year old? Good for him... but would he have them if he didn't have parents with genetic issues?

"People are gonna tell me that right at the age of 18 a switch turned on and they acted like mature adults and handled ALL their responsibilities themselves? most likely not.Jeremy is still wanting to hang out like others kids and get a few more memories with family and friends before college.And the excuse that he doesnt have school,i mean really he JUST got out."

I'm not unmindful of how this nineteen year old man just graduated high school. There's a reason I am not calling Jeremy a boy - he's not. He's a man. He's been a man, legally, for a year. He's very lucky, and blessed even, to get an extra year of childhood. But, it doesn't change the fact that he's not a kid anymore. There are people his age who have already managed a whole year of adulthood, who didn't get a whole extra year to make childhood memories. I don't really feel a whole lot of sympathy for Jeremy on this point. He's getting and has recieved *plenty* of goof off time. I mean really, is he even going to college? Is that even going to be a valid excuse? He needed the entire sumer to prepare for the college he's not going to? Perhaps he'll be needing a few vacations to rest from the stress of "preparing for college and making last memories" as well?

I mean really - how hard is it to shop for your dorm room and buy your school stuff? Been there done that. It's not that hard.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE HOW YOU ALL ARE CALLING HIM NAMES AND PUTTING HIM DOWN WHEN THE WHOLE ISSUE IS HIM DOING THAT TO OTHERS! HYPRICATES MUCH? AND LIKE I SAID ITS EASY FOR YOU TO SAY YOU WOULD WRITE FANS NOW BECAUSE YOUR OBVIOUSLY NOT IN HIS PLACE.AND UM,RAP,DID YOU READ THE MESSAGE...I SAID MY FRIENDS DONT GET AFFENDED BECAUSE A FEW COMMENTS COME OUT BY GROUP OF BOYS THAT WE KNOW ARENT TRUE.UNLIKE OTHER PEOPLE WHO IT MOST LIKELY DOESNT EVEN APPLY TO,DO AND HATE ON SOMEONE.SERIOUSLY IF ITS SUCH A PROBLEM FOR YOU,GET OFF THE SITE AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT IT!TELL ME,HONESTLY WHY IT BOTHERS YOU ALL SO MUCH,AND NOT BECAUSE OF JEREMYS VALUES,BUT DOES IT HAVE ANY MEANING WHAT SO EVER TO YOU BECAUSE IT AFFENDED YOU OR THOSE YOU KNOW?IF YOU ALL ARE SO PISSED THAT HE GETS INCOME OFF OF VIEWERS AND DOESNT "SHOW" APPRECIATION,THEN DONT WATCH THE SHOW!

Christian said...

I notice that it's been a couple of days and Dana hasn't posted how she has met and knows both Dan and Jeremy to where she can honestly says she knows that Dan knows "Jeremy's heart".

I mention this only because I personally don't claim to know Jeremy Roloff's heart. I judge him only by his actions of calling people racist words without knowing them. As I understand the definition of "n-word" - I don't think Mike Detjen qualified by skin color OR by actions. I'm appalled that anyone lets this young man off the hook for being hateful.

Anonymous said...

Dana Wrote-"Christian, you should read the interview again. Dan said "we realized". Dan has know Jeremy since kindergarten. How long have you known Jeremy? Dan knows what is in Jeremy's heart. Dan said Jeremy is a huge heart and is an an amazing person."

If this is what you are referring to as Dana implying to know both Dan and Jeremy, its not.
I think what Dana means is that Dan has known Jeremy since Kindergarden(this has been said in the interview and on the show)and that knowing someone that long,you truely get to know someone and the real them,meaning Dan would know the True Jeremy that not alot of people get to see and know.Dan said Jeremy has a big heart and is an amazing person,and out of everyone on here talking about Jeremy,He would know the real him and know how he is really like,aside from all the cameras and fame.He knows the truth.Dan gave his word on what his friend is like and from knowing him most of his life,id say its dependable.And when the question was asked "how long have you known him?" It Just means that you dont know the real Jeremy and are probablly making false Judgements compared to a reallife friend who says otherwise.:)

Obviously Dan is an outstanding Guy,and i put faith in him to chose people in his life who he believes to be good people.He chooses to be friends with Jeremy,which makes me believe Jeremy cant be as bad a person as everyone is making him out to be,if a very respectable young man like Dan is his friend.:)

and remember ALL friends,including Dan,said the stuff Jeremy did and even before this interview,no one made bad comments about Dan or the rest of the group.Jeremy still got bashed on more.So if its about the comments that were made that are such a big deal,wouldnt the characters of all invovled be questioned, not just one? And i honestly think,that even if Jeremy comes forward and talks about the subject, people would not act differently because obviously these feelings toward him came before the "scandel." I dont see how he can be a "selfish,stuck up,disrespectful,unappreciative brat" for comments made.Those arose from other issues and judgements made way before any comments on myspace came.And as for letting him off the hook goes,hes obviously not.He'll be dealing with this for awhile because all these people will keep bringing it up until their satisfactions have been met.

Brandon said...

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"and remember ALL friends,including Dan,said the stuff Jeremy did and even before this interview,no one made bad comments about Dan or the rest of the group.Jeremy still got bashed on more."
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Anon, that's not true. A lot of people didn't think Dan was so great of a guy when he was insulting fans or using that language. The interview even says that Dan was know by some viewers as one of Jeremy's racist friends.

Where Dan gets all the positive comments is because he had the guts and character to come forward and say he was wrong and regrets what he did.

People do forgive and that's why every comment I've seen about this interview has been good about Dan. He said he was wrong and regretted it. Jeremy hasn't done that.

And there is the other point that Jeremy gets more attention from the start than Dan because the number one point Jeremy is obviously more well known, the show is about the Roloffs. Also, Jeremy is the one being paid for being a hero of diversity. Jeremy is the one with the book talking about how he corrects people about the word midget. That's why Jeremy gets the most attention and criticism.

Anonymous said...

Brandon
Good point.And i said Jeremy got it more.And Thats Exactly my point.Jeremy is more well known and involved in the issue.Hes being more critized than anyone,so maybe hes not making a statement because 1)he doesnt want to jeapordize more/lose the little bit of decency he has or possibly affend others if the wrong thing is said and 2)it might not matter to some who have already made their minds up about him,so whats the point.And did anyone think that maybe tlc is telling him not to say anything,that maybe they wanted the adults to do it so that the "correct" things would be said.Maybe hes told to not talk about it so that the subject would be dropped.Or maybe Jeremy is too embarrassed right now to say anything because of what he has portrayed and said in the past.Because hes in the limelight more than Dan,he might need more time.Going public with an apology on something that is wrong, to an audience that keeps making bad comments on you or critizing you, is really scary and hard to do.Look how long it took Dan. He first grew as a person,matured,took time and then righted his wrongs.So for Jeremy being more the center of attention,it might take longer.Has anyone ever tried going on MattRoloffs or AmyRoloffs site and asked them politely,without ridicule or negativeity,to please address the subject and give an apology for the fans and fans it affended?Maybe then something will happen.But as long as everyone is hating on Jeremy and calling him names,like he's so being hated on for,i see none of that happening.

timothy said...

The Matt Roloff website is useless. The few people there, unlike Dan, don't think Jeremy was wrong to call Mike the N word, call people f*ggotholes. Matt Roloff allows that to go on and is pals with some of those people. Matt Roloff.com is useless as far as having a conversation about the subject.

If the Roloffs are ever invited back on OPRAH i would LOVE for Matt to tell Oprah that the people who he appointed to run his website think it's fine for white kids like Jeremy Roloff to use the N word.

I know of at least three people including myself who have sent very sincere and polite emails to Amy on her website and not one person received a response from Amy.

It says a lot to me that Dan, who according to his site is still 17 years old can man up to it and realize he was wrong, say he's sorry and change because of it.

But the Roloffs, none of them, can do the same.

Jeremy says nothing and hides behind his parents.
Matt puts out some vague statement that doesn't even name Jeremy.
Amy also talks vaguely about it, but goes on about how it's kind of sad that Jeremy now needs to watch what he says.

Compare that to what Dan said.

Mistakes happen, but if you're a good person you react like Dan.

Anon, you don't sound like a bad person yourself. The Roloffs wrote a book about VALUES. Why is it so friggin hard for Jeremy to say "I was wrong and I am sorry."?

All this stuff about maybe he's afraid he would say the wrong thing or maybe people won't accept it, are just excuses. When you do something wrong you apologize. Dan's apology was exceptional. I liked the part where he said he was disappointed in himself that he took it lightly. But Jeremy didn't even say "I'm sorry".

The only legitimate explanation I can think of is the Roloffs are too stubborn and too arrogant to apologize for anything.

After seeing how they've handle this whole mess, they are the last family that should've been writing books about values. The publishers should have given the Meichtrys the book deal.

Rap541 said...

"lose the little bit of decency he has "

Truthfully, how is Jeremy losing decency by apologizing?

"Has anyone ever tried going on MattRoloffs or AmyRoloffs site and asked them politely,without ridicule or negativeity,to please address the subject and give an apology for the fans and fans it affended?"

Yes, I have, and very politely and with concern. I never got a response. I know one person who sent Amy a very nice, clearly concerned email addressing this issue, including their personal contact info. It was clearly about the language incident. Amy sent back an email basically asking if the letter writer wanted to book her as a speaker.

Look, I accept that Jeremy doesn't have the moral fortitude to own up for his actions. I'm actually ok with that. But don't insist he's a kid with a good heart. Because he's not. He did something wrong, and he won't apologize.

And tired of hearing about how TLC has them all under vows of silence. A) After watching Jon and Kate completely blow their reputations in the media, I can't believe TLC cares since geez, clearly they don't. And B) keep in mind that "Jeremy is being told by TLC not to say anything" is pretty much affirming that money comes first to the Roloffs and not morality. I mean.... It would affect the money if Jeremy apoligized. Guess money means more than acting decent.

Anonymous said...

"If the Roloffs are ever invited back on OPRAH i would LOVE for Matt to tell Oprah that the people who he appointed to run his website think it's fine for white kids like Jeremy Roloff to use the N word"

HaHaHa White Kids? Just White Kids.So it would be ok if Jeremy was a Black or mexican kid and Said those Comments.Oh i see now.So anyone whos not white can through those words around? ok,good to know.Look,YES Jeremy was wrong,He and his friends were wrong but this all happened awhile ago,obviously Jeremy isnt gonna say anything NOW,so my question is why worry about it? Like i said give it time and if no apology comes about or the Roloffs dont reply to messages,then we truely will know what kind of people they are.But honestly i dont think its fair to keep namecalling ALL of them.Yes Jeremy did it to others,but does that mean you all wanna be like that.I just dont grasp that concept.


"After seeing how they've handle this whole mess, they are the last family that should've been writing books about values. The publishers should have given the Meichtrys the book deal."

Like i said before hes not the center of attention,its harder for the one whos smack down in the middle of the spotlight to come forward and admit your wrong.And since you are all concerned about their values im gonna take it that most of you have the same ones,as do i,(otherwise what the heck do you care about it for)so you know its not right to judge others NO MATTER WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.JEREMY DID IT BUT DOESNT MEAN WE ALL HAVE TO DO IT IN RETURN TO "SHOW THEM A LESSON" OR THINK ITS APPROPRIATE FOR HIM CAUSE HE DID IT. IF WE ALL SIT HERE AND CALL THEM NAMES HOW CAN WE EXPECT AN APOLOGY,WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING:/ Im gonna quote from Daniel here"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."Its not right for us, even for a second,to question their values.I know it seems like their hyprocrites right now,but we dont KNOW them or Anything that goes on in their lives.We dont know their side of the story,just the issue.And its not fair to jump to conclusions about them and a subject that affects their lives more than anyone elses.Everything im saying isnt an "excuse" but rather the truth.

"Anon, you don't sound like a bad person yourself"
Thank You Timothy,niether do you ;)

Timothy said...

[["HaHaHa White Kids? Just White Kids.So it would be ok if Jeremy was a Black or mexican kid and Said those Comments.Oh i see now.So anyone whos not white can through those words around? ok,good to know"]]

You mentioned Matt Roloff's website. The people Matt has operating his website said that white kids like Jeremy SHOULD be able to say the N word without being criticized because there are some black comedians that say the N word.

Matt allows his website to promote that message.
I would love to see Matt say that to Oprah.

Dan at his young age can say and realize he was wrong, but Matt Roloff's own website can't? It's sad.

I like what Dan said too, but he's picking and choosing about the judging thing.

Everybody makes judgements. Dan is judging people as judgemental.

It's life. Jeremy wrote a book about his big values. He did something wrong. He won't apologize. Of course people are going to judge his character based on that.

It is okay to question someones values when they don't display the values they got paid to write about in a book.

I disagree with you. The site owner or interviewer said, it's not easy to do what Dan said and "face the music". Dan was accountable. He did the no holds barred interview. He said what he did was wrong and learned from it.

Just because Jeremy is more "famous" than Daniel doesn't mean it's easier for Daniel to be asked some of those questions about their behavior than it would be for Jeremy.

Anonymous said...

Well i think what Matts website is trying to say is that it isnt a big deal when a black comedian or black person for that matter uses the word.Then its ok.But when a white person does its wrong.And yes,that itself is wrong.If its an offensive word,you cant pick and chose when it is.It should be made a big deal when ANYONE uses it,not just whites Cause it still has the same meaning and is used in the same way and is in general hurtful.Thats what they were trying to point out.

"I disagree with you. The site owner or interviewer said, it's not easy to do what Dan said and "face the music". Dan was accountable. He did the no holds barred interview. He said what he did was wrong and learned from it."

Whats your point here? The interviewer said its tough, fine, i know it was hard for Dan to do and i admire him alot for it but like everyone is pin pointing out,Jeremy is the bigger issue here.Hes the MAIN one getting trashed on,being pin pointed out to make a statement,and is the one this ALL revolves around.YES IT IS HARDER FOR HIM.Dan could have never did an interview and you all would have been fine and dandy not caring,still wanting Jeremy to say something.Even now when something was sad its still Jeremy.You all want Jeremy,meaning hes more on the line then anyone,and yes meaning its harder for him.Get it?Put yourself in his shoes and think how awful that might feel.Everyone(people who truely dont know you) thinks your a terrible person,and is constantly trashing you.Whether he is or not,we dont know that and ITS NOT OUR PLACE TO JUDGE.and if you sit here and tell me you can because of what he did then values your impling you have should be questioned as well.

The part eveyone seems to skip and not acknowledge in the interview is the question Dan was asked about Jeremy:
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.

This came from a life-long Friend who knows Jeremy.Everyone keeps insisting hes a bad person,but Dan is saying otherwise and out of everything everyone says,hes the one to be believed.

Anonymous said...

*previous post continued*

Can anyone answer me something? Have you ever heard anyone use that line "thats so gay"? and, you dont have to say you have,but think back if you have ever used it.Thats just as hurtful as anything that was said on a myspace page,but yet no one cares about that.Its not a big issue.Do you ever stop someone from saying it?Or try to discourage its use?How come only Jeremy is getting ridiculedon for saying what thousands say everyday,some of who also have christian values.People with christian values are allowed to make mistakes as well,doesnt mean they truely dont have them or dont TRY to follow them on a daily basis.A lack of an apology doesnt mean Jeremy doesnt have christian values,cause really all he has to do is take it up with God,not God and everyone else.This doesnt prove your christianity and values.

Its just a shock value that a family on t.v. that is so loved to watch has flaws as well.But it doesnt mean they dont have values either.No one knows what Happened to Jeremy for saying what he said.I highly doubt Amy let him off easily.But doesnt mean they let it go just because they are not sharing every detail of it with the public.Doesnt mean their bad people for not commenting about it.Doesnt mean their terrible because they didnt let the public see the punishment.They stated they were handling it,now let them.Its not like the issue was never addressed.Its probablly very embarrassing for them to promote good christianity and then something like this happens.They probablly want to deal with it as a family first and later deal with the public.Before the show they are a family and still have to deal with family issues.Let them do that.Obviously Dans learned his lesson,give it time and Jeremy will/or has too.

Jocelynn said...

Anon, you should read Jen Montzingo's blog, the one where she answers questions and talks about the word midget.

She doesn't like it, but then goes on to say she says it with her other LP friends. There is a "taking back the word" that people within the group say the word."

I don't really agree with that either, but that's NOT a reason to say kids like Jeremy should NOT be corrected for saying it.

What Timothy was saying was Dan did not give those excuses or try to justify it like Matt Roloffs website. He realizes it is wrong. Period.

The LP comedian the Roloffs went to see in Las Vegas says the word midget in her act. Are you ok if I start calling Zach, Jeremy's midget brother? I hear that Dan's girlfriend is friends with a midget.

You can't correct me because a LP comedian said the word midget!!!!

Do you see the point? It's wrong. Someone else belonging to that group doesn't make it right.

Dan didn't try to hide behind excuses like that but Matt Roloffs website does.

Justin said...

This came from a life-long Friend who knows Jeremy.Everyone keeps insisting hes a bad person,but Dan is saying otherwise and out of everything everyone says,hes the one to be believed.

Anon,

Jeremy's treatment of kids he's known since he was in kindergarten who are Christian, white and straight has never been the issue.

Justin said...

By the way, Anon, you're now making all the excuses for Jeremy.

Other people say it, blah blah.

That's what made what Dan said so good He didn't pull out all the excuses.

It's wrong. He was wrong. He said he was wrong.

Anonymous said...

"I don't really agree with that either, but that's NOT a reason to say kids like Jeremy should NOT be corrected for saying it."

Can you please point out to me were i said he shouldnt be corrected.Cause i never did thank you very much.I know he was wrong IVE SAID THAT!i said its none of your business whether he is corrected or not,it rest with him and his family.

Read This again:
Well i think what Matts website is trying to say is that it isnt a big deal when a black comedian or black person for that matter uses the word.Then its ok.But when a white person does its wrong.And yes,that itself is wrong.If its an offensive word,you cant pick and chose when it is.It should be made a big deal when ANYONE uses it,not just whites Cause it still has the same meaning and is used in the same way and is in general hurtful.Thats what they were trying to point out.

So wouldnt i mean it about anything.So if a comedian whos a midget says that word they cant get pissed if its used against them.Its showing approval.

"She doesn't like it, but then goes on to say she says it with her other LP friends. There is a "taking back the word" that people within the group say the word."

What? this is just dumb.If she herself calls her and her friends midgets,then they cant get pissed when called it because they are showing its no big deal.Theres no taking back the word.So Jeremy can just come on here and say i take it back and it all would mean nothing and be ok. Dont think so.You cant pick and chose when it hurts or not.PICK ONE! EITHER ITS AN OFFENSIVE WORD OR ITS NOT!!! IT CANT BE OK ONE MINUTE AND THEN BAD THE NEXT!!BE OK WHEN ONE PERSON SAYS IT AND NOT WHEN ANOTHER ONE DOES! THATS NOT OK!


"The LP comedian the Roloffs went to see in Las Vegas says the word midget in her act. Are you ok if I start calling Zach, Jeremy's midget brother? I hear that Dan's girlfriend is friends with a midget."

And why is this being brought up? You wanna go call someone a name i really dont care,its your problem,and i really dont care if his girlfriend is friends with a LP.oh and good choice of words here "I hear that Dan's girlfriend is friends with a midget." :/

And i know his "treatment from friends" was never the issue,duh...it was to prove a point which OBVIOUSLY EVERYONE KEEPS MISSING!re-read the message if you dont get it,THEN try making your point.

LIKE I SAID MANY TIMES IF YOU HAVE SUCH A PROBLEM WITH THE ROLOFFS OR JEREMY STOP WATCHING THE SHOW AND INVOLVING YOUR SELF IN ISSUES ABOUT THEM OR COMING ON HERE CAUSE WHEN A FAN COMES ON HERE ITS NOT TO TRASH TALK THEM.GO MAKE A BLOGGING SITE ABOUT HOW GREAT DAN IS AND TALK THERE.AND I HONESTLY WOULDNT THINK DAN WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TRASHING HIS FRIEND.SO SINCE EVERYONE ON HERE SEEMS TO "RESPECT" DAN,WHY DONT YOU STOP FOR HIM:)

Rap541 said...

"LIKE I SAID MANY TIMES IF YOU HAVE SUCH A PROBLEM WITH THE ROLOFFS OR JEREMY STOP WATCHING THE SHOW AND INVOLVING YOUR SELF IN ISSUES ABOUT THEM OR COMING ON HERE CAUSE WHEN A FAN COMES ON HERE ITS NOT TO TRASH TALK THEM."

So if anyone had a problem, your answer is that all dissent should be silenced? If the opinion isn't positive, it shouldn't be said? When people see something bad in the world, instead of involving themselves, they should walk away and mind their own business instead of attempting to make the world better?

Anon - Do you think Jeremy should or shouldn't be allowed to say whatever he pleases regardless of whether it's racist or not? I mean, if I am reading you correctly, you seem to be saying everyone should shut up on the topic... but you're also not really stating your opinion as to what Jeremy said, complaining that others are complaining about it, and then you also get mad when people assume you don't have a problem with it.

Could you clarify?

Anonymous said...

Sure Rap541 :).
OK, OFCOARSE I think what Jeremy said and did is wrong.Yes,i also think he should be "corrected"as some are saying,but if i never hear him talk about it,it wont be a big deal to me.What i dont like is that everyone is on here completely trashing the roloffs and questioning their "values".They are implying their hyprocates because they say their christians but one of their sons said those things on myspace.This doesnt mean their not christians or dont have values.It means a mistake was made,and they will fix it WITH the help of their faith.Everyone is also getting upset that Jeremy hasnt commented on the subject yet or"apologized",also using this to say they dont have values or are true christians.He doesnt have to say anything just because hes christian,this doesnt prove he is one.And what also annoys me is that people are like(ofcoarse im paraphrasing here)"that selfish,stuck up brat said those things on myspace and i want an apology for it" ok really? Everyones doing what he did only they feel they are not in the wrong because it didnt involve race,homosexualality or "differences"..,but it still is hurting someone as you all say he did,its still wrong.You guys are trying to prove a point with the same thing you got made at him for.Im upset because,obviously,im a fan of the roloffs and i believe them to be good people.Im not gonna start hating Jeremy because of what happened,but rather trust the family is dealing with it like they gave their word they would do.Giving an apology to the public does not prove you have values,the simple fact that Jeremy learned his lesson does,and unfortunately we may never know that because the family doesnt HAVE TO say anything about it.If they do, great but "fans"shouldnt continuously put them down and bug them to give them their way.If you are all truely fans youd let them deal with this without more complication.I HATE COMING ON THIS SITE TO SEE WHATS UP,LOOK AT COMMENTS ON ALL THE UPDATES AND ITS SOMETHING BAD BEING SAID ABOUT THEM!

Rap you say you guys are trying to make the world better,but what about everyone else who uses those words the guys did? Jeremy is not the only one whos ever said that stuff or will be the last.Theres probablly someone out there doing it as im typing this.Do you constantly sit there and ridiule them until they stop?Do you try to get an apology or reason out of them? Continuously putting someone down,or bugging them until they do what you want isnt making the world a better place,but simply causing more of its conflict.
The Roloffs,to me,have proven more times than one that they are good people,so when a one time incident happens its not gonna change my views on them or instantly make me question their values or beliefs.It does the complete opposite because now they are not seen as a perfect little family but a relatable one,who has its problems like everyone else.

Wow i have no idea if i clarified,i kinda just go on,but i hope i did.Sorry if its more confusing.:)

Rap541 said...

To answer your question, yes. I do correct people on their language. I do tell teenagers, on a daily basis, that when you call someone a racist name, even in what you think is a joking manner, you're hurting people and judging them.

Having looked at Jeremy's myspace, in all honesty, it wasn't a one time incident. I know that a fan from the tlc forum emailed Matt directly when Jeremy was sixteen, expressing concern about the content of Jeremy's myspace and that it could reflect badly on the kid. Matt read the email, because he responded to it... and the Myspace stayed public in all it's faggothole glory until August 2008.

This, more than anything, makes me question the Roloffs stated values. If your kid does wrong, you don't let the kid *continue* to do wrong until it effects your bottom line. I think, in all honesty, Matt and Amy had plenty of warning and opportunity to prevent their son from being in the National Enquirer. Coupled with Matt's praise for his groupies viciously and vulgarly attacking ANYONE who dares criticize the Roloffs - and need I remind you that Matt's moderator Disruptive Spirit has made it clear that Matt likes it when people "kick hater ass" - and commenting that you don't like the kids not wearing bike helmets means you have a hater ass that needs kicking - then yes, I think the Roloffs have some hypocrisy issues going on.

I don't mind that you disagree, anon, I mind that your attitude seems to be 'I disagree, therefore I get my say and you all need to shut up because I don't like it".

Personally I think the blase 'mind your own business' attitude from the Roloffs over this is part of why people aren't letting it go. Yes, I have seen Matt give the 'don't treat us differently because we're not like you' and I think it's perfectly reasonable to wonder, based on his response, and his family's response, or lack thereof, why he's not upset? I'm serious when I say that what I get from the Roloff family attitude is "Do as we say, and we'll do as we damn well please" when it comes to treating those with differences with respect. Sorry, but that's how I feel, and until I see some tangible proof that *Jeremy* has at least had a passing thought about how his behavior hurt others, I'm not shutting up about it.

That said, I do respect your willingness to answer with an open heart.

Anonymous said...

I dont mind everyone having a different opinion either,i mind it being SAID ON A *FAN*SITE,cause no fan whats to see that stuff.But Rap you make very good points and yes(im admitting this haha)The Roloffs can seem that way,but i still dont think its right to question their values and beliefs.You make a very good point about the myspace being brought up before hand by a fan,this i didnt know about,and it does show some indecentcy.
"Coupled with Matt's praise for his groupies viciously and vulgarly attacking ANYONE who dares criticize the Roloffs - and need I remind you that Matt's moderator Disruptive Spirit has made it clear that Matt likes it when people "kick hater ass" - and commenting that you don't like the kids not wearing bike helmets means you have a hater ass that needs kicking"

This i didnt know about either and your right,this as well is not right.I hate saying it but They do seem hypricritcal.Im still not gonna jump on the bring down the Roloffs bandwagon,and i still believe they can be decent people, but i do admit this is all wrong.Boy i do hope jeremy decides to say something for the sake of him and his family.:( Did i just agree with all you guys? haha But you all make very good points and i see now why you all want that comment from him.Its not to be pushy or anything,its to see whether or not they truely are sorry and prove their as decent as they say and i myself am Sorry for saying otherwise.
"That said, I do respect your willingness to answer with an open heart" Thank you Rap.:)

Anonymous said...

Quick Question?
I was over at Matts site and someone said that their not big "spittwadder?"fans.That they dont like this blog site? How Come? cause i think its fantastic.So whats the deal,why do they have a problem with it? 8/

Greg said...

It's only a few people (because that's all that is there) and they don't like it because they treat the Roloffs like they are Gods who and always agree with them.

This blog said Jeremy was wrong for using racist language. That's what it is all about. That's why they don't like it.

This blog is honest. Matt's board only wants people agreeing with the Roloffs about everything.

Anonymous said...

oh ok,thanks Greg! 8)

Anonymous said...

I have always liked Daniel and now I like him even more. What a great and well spoken kid he is. I am so impressed that he took responsibility for things he said in the past.

I just found this site tonight...never knew it was here before. I use to post on Matt's site until recently and had seen comments about Spiritwander but never knew what they were talking about, they(meaning a couple of them)never said anything very nice. I left because I couldn't stand how there were a couple of them who were so rude to people...in my opinion they didn't want anyone new around. It is also fair to say that you couldn't express your real opinion of certain situations over there either. I really like the Roloffs and would never say anything hurtful against them but that doesn't mean I agree with everything they do or say. I have to say that most of the people at Matts site are very nice people but they will not defend anybody when they are being battered by the two big "controlers"!!

Mark said...

I agree with you Anonymous @ 9:33

I'm very impressed Dan took responsibility for things he has said in the past and was very well spoken.

A lot of adults could learn from Dan, too.

Crystal said...

Dan, thanks for being honest. You rock!

God bless your and Erica.

Anonymous said...

What a great interview. I like the show. I never found any of the questionable remarks to be offensive. I've said many dumb things with no intention of being malicious or hatefull; and I'd openly apologize if I had offended anybody.

I think the trashy publication that ran the article on the Roloff clan knew that it would draw attention and increase their revenue for paid advertising. Isn't that what tabloids do?

I think calling someone a racist or a biggot is a direct attact. I wouldn't be surprised if that article hurt those accused even more so than those who claimed to be offended.

End all be all, great interview. I also feel that those who assume all candid comments are directly offensive must learn to be a little less self centered. Candid comments are exactly that, and close friends in their late teens/early twenties tend to share "slang" terms and inside jokes that are often taken out of context. Why? Because the person taking them out of context has had different experiences in life and associates their own meaning to them. Duh!

Props to Jesus, props to Dan, and Jeremy too.

Timothy said...

Wait a minute, what is Jeremy getting props for?

Don't excuse the slurs. Dan earns props because he didn't excuse them.

"I think the trashy publication that ran the article on the Roloff clan knew that it would draw attention and increase their revenue for paid advertising. Isn't that what tabloids do?"



No.
First, it was true. Jeremy said those things.
Second, in the world of celebrities Jeremy Roloff ranks as made a W list celebrity.
N.E. don't sell magazines off Jeremy Roloff. They do off Brad Pitt, Madonna and Oprah.

Don't slame the NE for printing the truth. If you read the article, it was a very good article with a very wise comment from a Professor who was very even handed in the whole Professor Gates controversy earlier this year.

Last, it's absurd to say they were hurt more than those "who claim to be offended".

Rap541 said...

Couple points:

1. The National Enquierer has been *successfully* sued by celebs for printing lies.

2. Matt Roloff is litigious.

3. Not only did Matt not even try to pursue a lawsuit, he made a public statement that vaguely acknowledged that the situation was true and he and Amy had dealt with the situation.

4. Calling someone racist names is indeed being a bigot. Even assuming there is a mutual "oh we're kidding" acknowledgement between two people, it doesn't make the language not racist. Here's a less inflammatory example. Say two kids are calling each other f*ckwit. They may be best pals, and its all in good humor. However, they are still *cursing* aren't they? Moreover, I really hope you can explain how "that beaner place called Mexico" isn't offensive to anyone? How about describing someone as being "just like a n*gger"? Or "not to be a gay bragging fagg*t"? Because really, we're not, and the NE article was not talking about two kids saying "wassup n?"

5. Absolutely I think the trashy magazine ran the article because it would generate more sales. I also think TLC and producers Matt and Amy Roloff are producing a show this season with a divorce storyline because trashy divorces sell.

6. Considering that Jeremy has never had the personal courage to speak on this topic at all, and Dan was pretty clearly not endorsing this behavior any more, I really don't understand your "props" to Jeremy - do you think he's cool for calling Mike Detjen his n*igger? I mean gosh, if only Jeremy had shared his public Myspace comments about Mike with Mike before he died? Because that was pretty classy :)

angel eyes said...

dan would be a great friend to have. i think he was being really nice talking about jeremy.

i know some people in oregon that knew some of jer's friends. the friends said they like jer with all their hearts but the fame has went to his head a bit. i don't think dan was being totally honest about that here.

but great interview!

Anonymous said...

Jeremy Roloff is as brain dead as they get. He has stated he has never read a book, and is proud of it. He is superficial and shallow. He thinks his boyish good looks will get him a successful career. I think he would be happy driving the luggage Tug at PDX until he retires.

Elena said...

I like Dan :)
Girlfriend and him are cute couple :)

lucas said...

In my experience, children raised in an environment of love and trust would not ever utter the N and F word. It is not a mistake that 12 or 13 year olds make, and certainly not on national television. So now he is promoting his band and God, and riding on the coattails of the Roloffs. He is self-promoting, and in the episodes I watched him in didn't contribute much as an employee at the farm. sorry guys, I still think he's a jerk that needs to find a life outside of mentioning the roloffs. He's not cute he's a hanger-on. Sptitting on another child at a birthday party at HIS house, it shows his true charachter.

How many kids do you know that do that? Come on.

Jocelynn said...

lucas, I agree with a lot of your comments but disagree about Daniel.

What more can you ask from him? I can't hold someone forever accountable for their actions when they were 13 (the birthday party, Daniel is a year, almost two years, younger than the Roloff twins) or even when he was 15, 16 and 17 WHEN he showed the proper remorse and acknowledged that he was wrong. That is the big difference between Daniel and Jeremy. Daniel said he was sorry, acknowledged he was wrong and "manned" up to his mistakes. That's all I can ask of anybody who has done things that I disagree with. Daniel has my respect.

lucas said...

jocelynn, you may be right, i'm not sure. Alot of kids remember and retain hurt from bullying for years. I guess the only thing I'm thinking is that it is easy for bullies to acknowledge their wrongdoing and man up. It still doesn't erase the hurt done to the kid they bullied. It's kind of like, "oh, sorry I made your school life miserable, I said I was sorry lets move on"

For many kids that are tormented like this in school (apparently Zach has forgiven him, great), the hurt to their self esteem has lasting effects.

Yes, I think it is good he has apologized and pray that he is valuing others after learning a tough lesson in the media. (he also seems to be attempting to start a music 'career' of sorts, public relations ARE important) Fine, give him a chance, only time will tell I guess.

THE MANN said...

Wow good interview. I really don't know what to say about what is going on with Jeremy. I have read things here and there. He is the one that has to put a stop to it with his own interview. Dan you have manned up and admitted to your faults and what you have done was wrong, that is the christian way. God has forgiven you for that. I wish you well in your music, God, and your relationship with your girlfriend. May God always bless you.

samanthastarns said...

I agree that Dan sounds incredibly mature, although when you started asking questions to him about Jeremy's behavior online and all the lack of fan interaction online, his responses got a lot more vague and it seemed like he just didn't want to tell the blunt truth about what he's seen.
I don't understand why if Matt is facing the same demands of the show and such, why he is spending more time interacting with fans online as opposed to Jeremy. When Dan says "From school to sports to friends to the demands of the show", that said to me "It's really, really important for the Roloffs to hang out with their friends a ton". Personally, I try my hardest to get all my responsibilities done, and in that case would include some online fan interaction, before hanging out with my buds. But again, that's just me.

But all in all, Dan seems VERY mature in his responses (minus the typos, :p) and I wish him and his girlfriend the very best. He's definitely a class act.

Abby said...

Samantha, I totally agree about Dan. He has character and sounds like he has a good heart.

But I think the stuff about them being so busy is just him defending friends...

Jeremy and Matt lied so much about that. Jeremy used to say he didn't know how to use computers and was never on and that's why he he never interacted with fans but claimed to love the fans....then he kept on getting caught trashing the fans in comments with his friends!

jpm said...

Dan is what a young Christian should be. At times during immature or even stupid actions, he realizes in time he was wrong. He admits it, says he was sorry and learns from it. I dont think Jeremy is at that stage; he seems a lot like his dad; somewhat self absorbed.

Dan was reflective and embarrassed at what he said and I feel this is a genuinely nice young man. The boy would have made excuses; the man honed up to his mistakes and asked forgiveness.