Thursday, July 23, 2009
Zach on the sidelines of the Portland Timbers/Seattle Sounders game
After the Portland Timbers had visited the Roloff Farm to practice with the Roloff kids and Zach's team "The Statesman" for the World Dwarf games, the Roloffs attended a game between the Portland Timbers and the MLS team, Seattle Sounders.
If you're not a soccer fan, to put it in perspective, the attendence for this particular game was over 16,000 people. From a few pictures that have surfaced, the Roloffs, or at least Zach was invited down to the sidelines. He also appears to have received his own jersey.
This is not the first time that the soccer-obsessed Roloffs have met professional soccer players and been given special access to the players. Of course, the Roloffs really did out do everyone by having some members of the Portland Timbers team come to their home, but as for special access at a game; viewers recall how excited Jeremy was back in the second season when Mike Detjen took Jeremy and his friends to a game where David Beckham was playing. Jeremy had the opportunity to go under the stadium in the players tunnels and get autographs -- he even had the chance to ask Freddy Adu a question and was given advice about his soccer tryout.
I personally think it's wonderful for the Roloff kids that they get the chance to meet the players, get jerseys, special sideline and 'backstage' access to the players. It's nice to see people who are big fans of anything get a chance to enjoy themselves. Jeremy's expression of pure joy and excitement in that picture speaks for itself and Zach also looks quite thrilled on the sidelines of the Timbers game (consider that there were over 16,000 paying spectators who I'm sure would have loved to have been given the Roloff treatment).
The only negative I take away from these things is that it make it even more disappointing that the Roloffs themselves, neglect their own fans as much as they do. You can see how much they enjoy these special perks and I don't think any of their fans resent them for it.
However, it would be nice when they're in the role as the ones with the fans if they would devote sometime towards their fans online. After all, without LPBW fans, Zach wouldn't be on the sidelines talking to team personnel, Jeremy wouldn't have met and spoken with Freddy Adu, the Portland Timbers wouldn't have hung out at the Roloff Farm for a day and on and on.
Seeing Jeremy and Zach happy to be that involved with soccer at that level is nice, but at the same time it does put people off (the blog has been receiving emails from disgruntled fans in the wake of recent fake Roloff accounts on Facebook and twitter (again) and the lack (none really!) of actual Roloff fan interaction) to see the Roloffs excited to interact with people they're fans of -- and the entire reason they are given that opportunity is due to fans supporting the show - yet the Roloffs value their own fans so little that they won't devote any amount of time to getting online and doing something with their fans like the majority of other celebrities these days.
By the way, there are more fake twitter accounts of Roloff family members. They are not the real Roloffs. However, the real Roloffs should take a cue from their impostors and learn something about doing something tangible that shows their gratitude towards their fans for everything they're able to do. Certainly the Roloffs aren't the first celebrities to take their fans for granted and neglect them but it really does put people off to see how much disregard the Roloffs have for their fans while thoroughly enjoying all of their many perks; yet when it's time for them to show some appreciation, nope, nothing, Nada... all they have is handful of bad excuses they expect fans to swallow to explain why they treat their fans like they have the plague.
Posted by Spiritswander at 6:30 AM