Thursday, May 13, 2010

Matt Roloff answers some questions on his site

Matt Roloff answered some more questions on his site:

http://www.mattroloff.com/talk/showthread.php?t=5175

Personally, I'm not a fan of this style of question/answer session. I consider it a lot like Matt asking himself questions :-) His message board is not that active. They implemented a rule where a person needed to have a certain number of posts to ask questions, so you essentially have the same small group of "boardies" asking questions. For some of the 'harder' questions they seem to take those from other sites and things being said on other venues so Matt can vent about those subjects. Matt then talks to his message board employee, they discuss and the employee/moderator posts.

So you have screened questions, asked by only certain people who Matt approves of and what I think what is the biggest downfall of that format -- the screening and moderating of the answers. As Matt's employee/moderator divulged regarding Matt's answer about Shriner's children hospital:

"Matt and I talked at great lengths about this issue tonight. And there certainly is much more that could have been said. Not just ancient history either. However, I kinda convinced him to leave well enough alone. He certainly has his reasons for feeling the way he does. And, no one can begrudge him his feelings. I just think calmer head will prevail in this situation and told him that he should just leave it at that."

So even with screened and hand-picked questions, you don't even get Matt's original answer. It is 'proof read' essentially and discussed to make sure it won't generate a negative reaction. I would rather hear what a person thinks of a subject themselves instead of having it censored by their employee whose agenda is to make the person look good.

Anyhow, there are some subjects that will be of interest to fans. For a few subjects, we have our own ideas on the answer that I will interject in Bold. We hear from so many different people that it sometimes gives us the ability to answer certain questions and of course, sometimes what we hear differs than the Roloffs own answer. As always, form your own opinions :-)


3. Did they ever find out who vandalized your sign?

Matt's Answer: Not yet. But It’s an open and active case.

4. How did you feel when you heard that Zach and Jacob got into an air gun/BB gun fight and Jacob got shot in the face?

Matt's Answer: Not happy about that at all. We saw that in our screening and were not happy but didn't have any justification to kill those scenes so you got to see something raw even though we didn’t necessarily like what we saw. And the kids got an earful as well.

7. I think a lot of viewers see your kids as leading a very charmed life, i.e., private school, no real "regular" jobs or responsibilities, going on several vacations each year. Many viewers think your kids have grown up with no real work ethic. Would you say this is accurate?

Matt's Answer: I would say they are better than some and worse than others. I didn't always have a good work ethic. Then I would get passionate about something like my software, or later in life, the farm and nothing could stop me. I think my kids have a lot of talent and ability that hasn't come to light quite yet. Yes they are enjoying the fruits of my labor to some degree but it will all work out I’m sure. Jeremy and Zach are already doing more and more around the farm. Zach has a near full time job and Molly is totally running the on-line family store on her own. By most standards, they're doing ok.

We're told Zach's job is the indoor soccer job. Some people would consider it more of a hobby than a job, but it is certainly would qualify as a job -- if he can do something he's passionate about -- soccer of course, more power to him.

10. Are you going to prepare Jacob more than his brothers? Are you going to teach Jacob to be more savvy to public transportation? I found it humorous that 2 19 year olds didn't know how to ride a freakin' bus or freakin’ train.

Matt's Answer: I think that people learn various things at various times in their life. For example, Jeremy was welding at 10 yrs old. Some people learn to use phone books at a young age because that’s important to them. Others learn to drive sophisticated tractor equipment because that's their lifestyle. Our show is about pointing out our weaknesses as much as our strengths.

11. What are Zach and Jeremy majoring in, or have they not decided yet?

Matt's Answer: Right now they are just taking General studies but are working to figure out their future focus.

Some readers of our blog attend PCC and have previously told us of what they heard/know, so take it however you want it.

There were obviously a lot of general pre-requisite courses (the dreaded math classes), but Zach is taking sports management, broadcasting and journalism.

Jeremy is taking photography classes. According to what we were told from PCC students, Jeremy also has taken classes such as Yoga.

12. Matt, how is your health? Are you still taking medication for diabetes? How's the spine? Do you need surgery? Are you using the oxygen at night? Are you eating more healthy these days?

Matt's Answer: My health is pretty good right now. My Diabetes is under control and my blood pressure is great. I'm doing some stretching therapy to help with my back and neck to keep me more limber.

13. Matt, some people are interested in why you and Amy don't seem to wear wedding rings anymore. Do you?

Matt's Answer: I never have worn a ring. It interferes with my crutches and is uncomfortable. Amy recently realized her Diamond was loose and just hasn't gotten to the jeweler to get it tightened. Our normal jeweler changed locations so she's been looking for someone she trusts to fix it. I'll have to bug her about that. Geez, it's been over 6 months.

16. So I'm assuming doing the LPBW show has been a positive experience overall. But, have there been days when you had second thoughts about the exposure it has brought you? Have some members of the family, at times, voiced their displeasure with being involved with it?

Matt's Answer: Yes, there are days that I wonder why we continue to expose our life to so much scrutiny. But then I remember why we decided to do this in the first place and I think about how the benefits far out way the grief. It seems like we all take turns within the family saying "Errrrrr" about something going on that is related to the show.

17. It seemed in the beginning you would always defend Amy when people complained about her house keeping, or lack there of, for example. But now the tides seemed to have turned and people are picking on you instead. So, why doesn't she come to your defense as you've done for her in the past?

Matt's Answer: It does disappoint me sometimes that Amy is not as vocal (both on and off camera) as I tend to be but she is quick to defend the kids and that is what matters.

18. I saw you mention something on your Facebook about us not believing some of the things we see on the show, or something like that. What does that mean? Are you trying to say things are fake and/or made up?

Matt's Answer: Everything is based on perspective. We use the word “stacked”, meaning from time to time scenes from a broad array of context and time are put together in a short span to tell a story. This ‘stacking’ of scenes can often lead to varying points of view. It is used in an effort to tell the story in the most efficient and dramatic fashion possible. It’s all "reality" but can be interrupted differently from the actual circumstances that might lead to different conclusions. I notice many fans are able to see a balanced perspective while some still struggle in one direction or another.

Many examples exist where everything is true and real but the overall tone is slightly off and possibly even misleading. For example – the little story about the locker room that I built for ‘the team”. I built that for more than just the team and that single use. Our 16 plus daily film crew, farm help, office staff and visitors all use these facilities as well. Up until that addition, they had all been sharing a very over used (yuck) little bathroom for several years. It was way past due that the farm has some type of restroom facility to handle our day to day needs.

Using the reason of the team (which is true that was a convenient reason to finally get it done) was a great way to throw me under the bus. LOL Stupid Matt! Isn’t he silly?? Oh, and don’t forget selfish!! This theme of story telling is truthful but doesn’t necessarily put everything into complete context where the viewer has a fair chance at rendering judgment. This is what I like so much about the TV show Marriage Ref. They make humor out of passing judgment with snippets and clips. I like to think Jerry Seinfeld got the idea for that show from our show. lol

19. I couldn’t help but notice that Amy is supporting the Shriner’s hospital in her annual charity golf event. I’ve read your book and was curious on how you feel about Shriner’s today.

Matt's Answer: I don’t agree with Amy on that decision. Being in Shriner’s Hospital for as long as I was during my childhood was a deep, dark and very painful part of my history. At this time, that’s all I'm going to say.

Actually, as noted above, the moderator/employee indicated that Matt did have a lot more to say, but his employee censored what Matt said in order to protect his best interest -- in her opinion. Personally, as I said, I would rather see authentic interview/questions/answer rather than have the subject give their real answer and then discuss it with their employees, who then post a censored version of the real answer.

21. With Amy doing more traveling lately, has she finally allowed a maid service to come and help with the house cleaning? I've noticed the house does look more organized since the home remodel.

Matt's Answer: Yes. After the remodel Amy was traveling so much that I basically insisted we hire a house cleaner. Now I mange the housekeeping. Amy has said 'Hi' to the maid once or twice. lol

23. Do you still have Dudley and the hens, and who collects the eggs and feeds them?

Matt's Answer: Dudley and his hens were attacked by an unknown predator awhile back. We have a lot of coyotes in the area and assume that's what happened. Rocky was asleep in the house and didn't get there in time. We'll be getting more Chickens this year.

14 comments:

Brandon said...

About the editing, why is Matt quoted as saying on the show that the locker room is for Zach's team?

Someone needs to tell Matt and the rest of the Roloffs that it's not Christian to lie.

M said...

I could say more but...
Dudley and the hens died? Its even sader that they were killed. Aw! :(
How horrible! Sorry I'm an animal lover.

Ashley said...

M, that's how I feel too.

I'm not sure I believe Matt about how they died. Was it a wild animal or did the Roloffs forget to feed them? I remember Jeremy and Molly arguing about how there was never any water or food and all the talk about how the Roloffs said they aren't pet people. And that was before they were busy with 16 cars and getting lost in their mansion.

M said...

Wow Ashley you might be right. How horrible! Seriously I takes a sec to feed an animal.. I feed my dog and cat everyday. Why didn't Matt have camerino feed them anyway? Forget about the projects and take care of the things you got!

Brandon said...

The most amusing part to me is in the answer to the question about the Roloff kids (err...happy 20th Jer&Zach!) not having work ethic.

Matt says they are doing more work than ever on the farm.

Oh really? Lets see. The Roloffs have hired a professional maid service. The twins aren't helping that way. The Roloffs have hired a cook. The twins aren't helping that way. They have Camerino and a crew of other men that have never been introduced by name on camera. They do the work and maintenance around the farm. When there is a "project", Matt hires professionals to do it. The kids aren't helping that way, except if the cameras are around, we get the obligatory 2 minutes of Jeremy pretending like he did the work for the benefit of the cameras...I'm sure all the professionals were hired to watch Jer work, could it be that part is staged, lets make it look like Jeremy did the work? Nahh...

Seriously. As the Roloffs get more into their fame and get richer and richer, they hire more people and they do less and less. But Matt says the kids are helping out more than ever? What does that mean? They step up and tell the chef what they want for dinner on Tuesdays nights??

Just because Matt Roloff says doesn't make it true. Does anybody ever actually think about what he says?

BeckyM said...

I guess because I have work history in Public Relations, I do not find it unusual that Matt has a spokesperson who manages what comes out in print. This is not anything out of the way on how people present themselves through the media.

However, just like anything "reality" on television I take whatever he says with a huge grain of salt.

No way do I believe that the twins have a work ethic. Sorry but it is quite clear they feel privileged and are lazy.

As someone now involved in agriculture, I find the size of the "farm" rather funny. Around here, a "farm" means hundreds of acres. Anyone less then 20 is considered a "boutique."

The twins need to be sent to a working cattle ranch for a week or maybe be in on the harvest of a wheat or peanut crop. Then they may find out what getting out of bed really means.

Rap541 said...

Brandon yeah, his answer was typical on the issue of editing.

"Many examples exist where everything is true and real but the overall tone is slightly off and possibly even misleading. For example – the little story about the locker room that I built for ‘the team”. I built that for more than just the team and that single use. "

and

"Using the reason of the team (which is true that was a convenient reason to finally get it done) was a great way to throw me under the bus. LOL Stupid Matt! Isn’t he silly?? Oh, and don’t forget selfish!! This theme of story telling is truthful but doesn’t necessarily put everything into complete context where the viewer has a fair chance at rendering judgment."

makes me laugh because um... I watched that episode. If the *truth* is that the locker room is really for the crew (and thats pretty plausible all things considered) then the entire episode was a presentation of a lie. Because Matt is out right stating in that episode he's building the locker room for the soccer team. That's not a "you're lacking context" issue or an "editing" issue. It's a lie. A lie to create a story.

At no point was the issue of the camera crew EVER raised on the show. If Matt is telling the truth - and thats clearly debatable - then the locker room was for the crew, not the soccer team, but on the show, he's clearly saying its for the soccer team and Amy is annoyed because of the cost for a one time event... and now he feels he's being thrown under the bus?

For the "story"?

I mean, everyone understands that while Matt is implying that the story was true... in fact he's just out and out told us the soccer team locker room drama was a lie put on camera to mislead the audience and add an entertaining fiction to the daily lives of the Roloffs. And he's clearly irritated that the public believed the lie because it made him look bad. Which is why he's making sure to point out how - despite the show being real, raw, honest and the story being the truth, he actually had a good reason to build the locker room and the "I blew 18k on a potty for a weekend training session" storyline was a pack of lies.

I mean after a while Matt declaring "everything you see on the show is true" and "you silly people don't know anything about us because the show isn't accurate" starts to get old.

Here's a different example. Matt and Amy both insist the show is real and raw and they show the good, the bad, and the ugly. But... when it's pointed out that two people who constantly complain about each other, in increasingly hostile ways (I respectfully point out that matt and amy both are often very hostile on the show and this little q&a section has Matt making some harsh criticisms of Amy) just might be having marital difficulties... Amy and Matt both suddenly start insisting in interviews galore that the show is misleading and not real. Complete with Matt's snotty comments about how silly people are to think the show is real.

If he wants to insist the show is real, thats all fine and good, but when you depict yourself on the edge of divorce in your real and raw, no holds barred reality show, you don't get to bitch and moan how stupid your audience is to *believe you when you insist it's an accurate depiction of your lives*.

Because really, telling a lie, and then mocking people for trusting your word makes you an ass.

Kapper said...

The Roloff's clearly aren't animal people and have admitted as much...I always worry about Rocky but he seems to be doing okay. If they ever decide to boot him out, I'll take him!!!

David said...

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If he wants to insist the show is real, thats all fine and good, but when you depict yourself on the edge of divorce in your real and raw, no holds barred reality show, you don't get to bitch and moan how stupid your audience is to *believe you when you insist it's an accurate depiction of your lives*.

Because really, telling a lie, and then mocking people for trusting your word makes you an ass.
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Well said. I agree with this.

DJ said...

Who is Matt trying to kid? And when will he realize that he's not an objective source on his kids to make definitive statements?

Jeremy and Zach don't have work ethic. They don't even do any work on their cushy tv "job"! They don't even play nice with the fans and support the show that way because those two Jeremy and Zach are so selfish, lazy and juvenile that they can't do anything unless it's "fun". They don't even display work ethic with this tv job that takes no effort on their part.

Melinda said...

Very well said Rap!

tashapork said...

I think it is a symptom of modern parenting practices that the kids don't have work ethic and life skills, not an individual Roloff trait. I see soo many kids today in their late teens who throw a fit if their parents ask them to fix a meal or empty the dishwasher. The issue for many families is that the kids aren't actually needed to help the family function, the parents have abdicated their authority to be friends with the child or out of guilt for working, divorcing, not making enough money for the child's lifestyle, etc, or they are too busy or tired to put the effort into training their children to do these things sinceit is easier to do it themselves or hire someome. This problem goes way beyond the Roloff twins. I just hope society wakes up and does something about it before it is too late.

tashapork said...

It's really something that the Roloffs are overly indulgent and don't teach their kids work ethic or life skills, but the Duggars are abusive and coercive because their family has to do chores and the older ones have to help with younger ones for their family to function. There are people who think they brainwash their kids to be like them. JMO

Anonymous said...

HI MATT, HOPE TODAY BRINGS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GOOD THINGS....MY GR SON SAID TO SAY HI HE MADE YOU THOSE COOKIES LAST OCT,AND CANT WAIT TO COME BACK UP THERE TO SEE YOU AGAIN AS WILL AS MY BOYFR AND I....I MAY EVEN GET MY SON TO COME..HE WORKED FOR RAINBOW PLAYSYSTEMS FOR 15 YRS OR SO YOU HAVE ONE OF THEIR SWING SETS...GLAD YOU ARE OK AS I ALSO HAVE MEDICAL PROBS WITH MY LUMBAR TO MY NECK, BUT YOU GIVE ME THE WILL TO KEEP GOING.IS SESSION 4 GOING TO BE OUT ON DVD ANYTIME SOON? I BOUGHT ONE OF YOUR CHOAS SHIRTS, I WILL WEAR IT WHEN WE COME BACK UP THERE..SO UNTILL THEN SAY HI TO EVERYONE (YOUR FOLKS HAVE FAMILY DOWN BY US IN CLEARLAKE AREA) Jay Dehaas