So this is the perfect time to respond and explain a few things.
When we published our article about the cancellation of Little People, Big World where we passed along insider information: what people within the industry and people who work on the show are saying about what really happened -- they say Matt's subsequent comments are "total spin" -- we knew some people were not going to be happy (starting with Matt Roloff himself).
That's unfortunate, but our site is not a fluff site and we have no agenda. We are about passing along information to fans, followers and people interested in the Roloffs and LPBW for people to determine for themselves what they believe.
Since we published the article, Matt is now blatantly referencing our site (Does anyone still believe Matt doesn't read "blogs" and simply relies on staff to occasionally pass along items to him?) both on his website and his Fan Facebook Page.
Matt Roloff = Wow... strong words on my forum (see last post). Jolie... Thank you... but who are you?
Matt Roloff = Amy and I ... and the entire family would like to Thank Everyone for such kind words of support. I guess the negative distractors are hiding behind their lies with their tails between their legs. :)) Thank You .. Thank you.. Thank You. Now that we're free.. We'll keep you VERY updated on the facts.:)) Family dinner tomorrow night.
Well, we aren't hiding (I suppose Matt wanted us to respond with a couple of hours of his posting?) and we told no lies. Over on Matt's website forum, where Matt is attempting to direct his Facebook fans towards, the person that first posted on our site -- "Jolie" is posting about Spiritswander and comments and "censorship" -- so hey, let's clear the air here -- it's not complicated. By the way, we'll leave it up to you to guess the mysterious "Jolie's" identity (guesses have ranged from Matt himself, to Matt's assistant - Caryn, to producer Chris Cardamone). So the fact that someone like that (obviously with the blessing or at the direction of Matt perhaps?) is blasting our site and Matt made a specific Facebook post directing his Facebook fans to it, speaks volumes about how upset they are with our site.
For anyone not aware, this is "Jolie's" post on Matt's site which was re-posted on Matt's Facebook fan page and I'll respond to what they said below and explain what should be already be logical about comments:
Originally Posted by Jolie
You are not kidding about the bloggers who really get it wrong. Not only that, there is at least one that is censoring comments to craft a real hate message against the Roloffs. I... am so frustrated with them. They say that their site “has always been about attempting to pass along the real story -- the truth as we know it” Well I know that to be a lie. I have posted several things on their blog, some have been ‘approved’ and published, but the statements that I make that criticize the blog and its creator for their unfair position, or to point out their hate message, those NEVER get approved. I know I am not the only one. They are clearly ONLY posting comments that they can work into their anti-Roloff agenda.
Below is one of the latest posts that I attempted to have published. It was rejected 3 times.
“This blog is exhausting. He said this, she said that. Let’s pick this apart line by line and see how we can twist the words to make it more hurtful and ridiculous. Honestly, I really don’t know how Matt, Amy and the kids have endured this type of scrutiny for as long as they have. Think about it. Having cameras in your home, in your face following you all the time nearly 24 hour a day for years? How do you think you would fair in the unforgiving world of public opinion if all of your life, edited together to create ‘Good TV’, was broadcast worldwide? Are you a squeaky clean saint with no blemishes? I doubt it. How many times have you made the selfish decision or did a stupid regretful thing? How many times have you misspoke or had something you said or did not come out quite right? How many times have you done something with a good intention, yet others took it the wrong way? How would you like to have those times preserved for prosperity and out there for millions of people to see, judge, comment and speculate on? How would you fair? I know I would go crazy. I would not be able to be authentic, I would want to perform so I would not look stupid and be judged. I would be too self conscious and afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. The Roloffs really put themselves out there, warts and all and it appears that some people just aren’t happy until they pick them apart. I think it takes a special personality, a special person to put themselves out there to the public like that. And I appreciate them for doing it because their lives are entertaining. It brightens my day to watch LPBW, I smile at their joy, and my heart breaks with their sorrows. I have enjoyed watching their adventures and seeing the kids grow up. It hurts me personally as a fan and as a friend when people treat them so badly. I am appalled that this forum allows the vicious words and cruel comments, especially toward the children. There is NEVER an excuse to call or to allow someone to call a child a “Bitch” yet it happens here. I have no respect for that. This blog may be twisted fun for some malicious gossip mongers to hang out, but for those who love this family and want the best for them and for their true fans, it is not the place to be. I am sad that Matt and Amy have decided not to continue with LPBW. I am going to miss the show, but wish them abundant happiness. I know that what ever the future holds their fans do mean a lot to them and that they have created several ways to stay connected through their website. www.therolofffamily.com. This blog is a waste of my time and a waste of yours.”
I want to warn the real Roloff fans to steer clear of this mean spirited, hate infused, censored blog. Or maybe we should band together to have them removed from cyberspace for good.
So we will leave it up to you to determine who you think Jolie is and if you believe that Matt has no idea who the person is...but we will respond to what she said and explain about comments - there's nothing to hide at all -- it is common sense.
On our site -- Spiritswander - Keeping Up With The Roloffs - all opinions about the Roloffs, about the issues our welcome. This should be obvious from the number of regular posters on our site that have been posting for years defending Matt. People that wanted to defend Jeremy during the whole language scandal that landed him in the tabloids -- those people were allowed to voice their opinion. Some didn't think it was that bad. Some did. Opinions on both sides were permitted on our site. It's like that about all issues regarding the Roloffs and the show.
Opinions on the issues are permitted. Trolls (people that post on a site for the purpose of disrupting the conversation) and people that want to have free reign to say how much they hate this site - are not welcome. "This site sucks!" -- well, good for them but we're not going to publish comments like that. Note the difference between posting about an issue and bashing the site they are posting on.
As evidence, I'll use Jolie as the example since they are posting about censorship. When Jolie, stuck to the issues and was simply stating her pro Roloff opinion her comments were published. In fact, we went a step beyond that. Jolie's comments were not only approved, but we did a completely separate item where we highlighted them and featured only her comments:
The comment that she had rejected was declined because of the last few sentences about how much the site was wasting her time, no one should read it. We're not a doormat. We encourage discussion about the issues and opinions about the Roloffs - however, people don't have free reign to bash the site for the purpose of expressing how much they hate reading (and posting!) on our site.
If Jolie had ended her post about 5 sentences before she went into the rant about this blog, her post would have been published as her previous posts were.Let's examine what Jolie said point by point:
*They say that their site “has always been about attempting to pass along the real story -- the truth as we know it”
Correct! That is our motto and the reason why we have become the biggest and most popular independent source for Roloff information on the internet. We pass along all information about the Roloffs regardless of whether it is positive or negative or whether I personally agree or disagree.
"Well I know that to be a lie."
Jolie, that's not a "lie". You in fact confirm that we published comments when they stuck to the issues. When you were posting your version of events and the Roloff dynamics, it was not only approved but received special treatment by being featured in an item all by itself.
"I have posted several things on their blog, some have been ‘approved’ and published"
but the statements that I make that criticize the blog and its creator for their unfair position, or to point out their hate message, those NEVER get approved.
It astounds me that this is surprising to Jolie or anyone.... We have no obligation to allow people to bash our site on our site...again, note the difference between bashing the site and expressing opinions on the Roloffs, LPBW and the subjects.
"They are clearly ONLY posting comments that they can work into their anti-Roloff agenda."
Incorrect....refer to the fact that every post Jolie submitted that stuck to the topics and was not blog bashing were approved and even received the special treatment of its own separate item.
Also note, that seemingly as a directive from Matt -- he doesn't even allow the name of our site to be spoken (even when they posted our entire exclusive articles such as the Rockstar item -- they posted it without a link or without mentioning the name Spiritswander). Yet some people seem to think we owe it to them to allow them to insult our site and name call and do anything they please on our site. Things like that add nothing to the discussion of the issues. It's absurd logic.
If someone makes a very well thought out and logical argument and then they choose to end their post with "...and that's F****** what I think, losers!" -- the comment would be rejected. It is common sense. If you go into a job interview and ace the interview, they're loving you and you practically have the job on the spot and then as you are exiting you turn around and say "F you! This company sucks!!"....are you still going to get the job? Of course not, you've just sabotaged yourself.
The same applies to negative opinions about the Roloffs. People have made very thoughtful and logical points disagreeing with things the Roloffs have done or their version of events and then they end their comment with "And I hate those midgets!" -- those comments get rejected too.
Considering the above mentioned fact that the name of our site is not permitted on Matt's various websites and Pages -- even when people were posting our stories about wishing Peggy Roloff a speedy recovery from hip surgery or congratulating Jeremy on his first team all star selection in High School soccer - along with all the childish name calling that makes children in the 2nd grade proud -- it is rather astounding to me that people such as that seem to expect that they have a God-given right to bash our site on our site, and say anything they please about our site on our site and intentionally disrupt conversation --some of Matt's favorite posters on his site often attempt to post comments to our site when we promote Amy's various charity events with comments such as"Bor-ing - Boring! Who cares about Amy's charity? Bor-ing! Boring site!!!!"(Matt's favorite posters that run to other sites to cause trouble don't care much for Amy) -- comments like that don't really add anything and I feel no obligation to allow trolls to sabotage the site.
For people familiar with Roloff site dynamics, there is no secret that there is a small group of fans on Matt's forum that lavish Matt (and basically only Matt as they are quite critical of Amy) with praise and in attempt to please Matt and gain his approval, they run to other sites they dislike and attempt to insult and disrupt the conversation. "Troll". An immature group of adults that behave like children. If they're successful in causing trouble, they run back to Matt's site and giggle with each other about how they were trolling and perhaps if they're really lucky, Matt might pat them on the head and give them a shout out for their efforts. For the purpose of all of our many visitors enjoyment -- we don't allow those kind of childish antics. Honestly, it is still shocking to me that a business person and a public figure of Matt's stature seems to encourage and condone such childish behavior.
So the "censorship" issue is not a complicated at all. If you walk into a store or someones home and start spitting on the floor and smashing things....you're not going to be welcomed. It's the same concept. Mature people that show respect and stick to the issues and their opinion - that is perfectly acceptable and encouraged.
Even as we speak, there are people who are staunchly defending Matt's version of the night of his DUI arrest. They are sticking to the issue, they aren't reverting to "this site sucks" or vulgar language or immature name-calling of other posters - they are allowed to express themselves. If they swerve into the aforementioned habits, then their comments would not be guaranteed to be published.
We try to walk the line of allowing people to express themselves and their opinion despite the fact that personally I might not like what the person is saying or personally approve of it - but if you insist on using vulgar language - your comment will be rejected. If you viciously insult and use childish name-calling towards others, your comment will probably be rejected. If you post to express how much you hate this site, your comment will probably be rejected. However, if a person wants to post about an issue or a topic and express their opinion by sticking to the topic without the language or declaring how much they hate this site, those comments are approved and published.
In closing, I have to say that we figured Matt would be rather outraged when we posted the article sharing the information we were told about what really happened regarding the cancellation of the show as per insiders that say he is "Spinning BS" , but apparently having "Jolie" post on Matt's site and Matt directing his Facebook traffic to it is his way of responding. We're fine with that -- it was a good opportunity to say what I thought was logical about site comments.
And for any readers to our site that is shocked by all of this and I know there are many like that -- who are very supportive fans of LPBW and the Roloffs who dearly love them and love our site for providing information and keeping them informed. So if you're shocked to discover that Matt hates our site -- I think it boils down to this. As a friend of the Roloffs in Hillsboro once told us, Matt Roloff is all about control. There is no other way. Matt must be in control.
Our site is basically, the only website on the internet that provides consistent information about the Roloffs that is NOT controlled by Matt or Discovery Communications (who by the way, was very complimentary of our site and used to send us video previews to post before the episode aired). Of course there are Mainstream things like TMZ, but obviously they rarely focus on the Roloffs and aren't really the same type of site that we are.
Obviously Matt does not like that there is another popular site on the internet that people get their Roloff information from where Matt is not in control. Particularly when our information does not jive with Matt's version. We don't set out to dispute Matt. However, if someone is telling a story that you are being told is not what happened, we have no choice but to share our information and let people decide whatever they want for themselves.
If you think about it, consider that we hear that friends of the Roloffs are not permitted to speak about the Roloffs unless they ask a Roloff for permission (post Daniel Meichtry interview with us -- link in the sidebar). Jeremy and Zach don't speak on their own without Matt by their side. Most of Amy's interviews are geared towards her charity. That leaves Matt Roloff and the producers of LPBW as basically the only way the public hears information about the Roloffs on a consistent basis. So Matt is in control of everything people hear about the Roloffs (except for our site...). Which is the way Matt likes it. Hence, why Matt and those attempting to please Matt feel that our site is "evil" and "hateful" -- even though that couldn't be further from the truth -- we simply objectively pass along the facts as we know them and information regardless of if they put the Roloffs in a positive or a negative light.