Amy Roloff had her coffee chat today. No other Roloffs made appearances. Amy explained that Matt is working on dirt, Jeremy is working with Matt, Zach might be at his soccer job, Molly is in school...and Jacob was upstairs reading.
In our summaries, we stick to the details about the family. Amy discussed a few news stories in media -- like the woman who gave her daughter Botox. Then Amy went to the kitchen to cook.
Amy said Molly and Jacob want to go to Disneyland so they might do that soon.
A plane flew by, she said Jeremy's dream is to get his pilots licence and fly planes so he can help people. She referenced when they stopped in Haiti on their one day of the Oasis of the Seas cruise -- a plane flew them further into Haiti. Jeremy would like to do things like if he ever gets his pilot license.
Zach isn't working for the Portland Timbers, he's doing an internship with an internet company - Jocknuts.com. He's doing internet broadcasting work with them. He gets to interview the Portland Timbers soccer team, he's given media passes and that type of thing.
Amy will not be around during Matt's 50th Birthday Party Celebration event that Matt has been promoting. Amy said she has a Women's Conference speaking engagement and will be out of town. Jeremy won't be there either as Amy expects Jeremy to be in California for college, although she said they might fly Jeremy back for it.
Other than that, Amy didn't talk too much about the family. Amy appeared to be rather annoyed over some Facebook comments on her site and the issues that are discussed on our site. To summarize:
*Amy said fans know a lot of private details about the Roloffs, especially in how the Roloffs are celebrities (the reality show). Fans know more things about the Roloffs than most celebrities would allow. Amy says they let people in on a little bit of what's going on through their Facebook pages, but they don't feel they need to divulge everything.
*Amy went on to say when you read things in the news, take it with a grain of salt, because you may not know all the details.
*Amy said there are so many things said about her family and so many negative things said. She said not negative in that they disagree with her, but negative on a piece of information when you don't have the whole story...
*Amy said they sometimes give a little bit of information because sometimes things aren't concrete. Amy said LPBW specials? If they do specials fine, but it's just remote discussions. It's not lying.
*Regarding Jacob, Amy said yes he was let go from the school. Amy in her own words said if you want to call it that Jacob was kicked out of school, fine, yes he was kicked out. Jacob is a smart boy, but he made certain choices regarding school work and he paid the consequences for those choices. Amy said they were considering home schooling for a time, but now are basically sending him to learning centers. That doesn't mean they were lying according to Amy.
So that's what Amy had to say about those things.
Here at Spiritswander, we always attempt to sort through the spin and get to the real crux of the issues and be real and accurate. So I need to interject.
I respectively disagree with Amy.... a lot on this issue. The comments Amy are referring to, are not inaccurate details or unfounded rumors. Despite what Amy says, I do think Amy classifies people as being negative and unfair if they simply disagree with her. I also don't think Amy factors in the Roloffs role (especially Matt) in implying things that are not true or making something seem like something it's not. Then when they are criticized or confronted for those discrepancies, Amy says people are judging. Here at Spiritswander --even people connected to the family and to the show -- refer to it as classic Matt Roloff spin.
If you're lost on this whole subject, we will fill you in :-) That's what we are here for.
Amy's comments are obviously in reference to person on Facebook, Chris Garza, that posted some very direct questions to Amy confronting her about some issues and discrepancies.
Here were the comments (which now appear to have been deleted):
Chris Garza: You said you liked tough questions:
Is Throwing cats allowed in your home?
Having a son that got expelled from school while you lot are too busy trying to get back on television or in Maui do you take any of the blame?
Why are you lying to people about home schooling when he's going to school 4 days a week?
Has Jeremy ever had a job that his daddy wasn't his boss?
Jeremy and Molly supporting the very message that Matt and Amy are so-called speaking advocates for about acceptance of differences. Why do you not accept gays? Do you think they have a disease?
Mueller? Isn't he an enabler?
Why did Matt Roloff go on record on a local Portland TV station saying the show would go on for 2 more years and then 2 weeks later it was canceled?
The fans deserve the truth once and for all.
Amy Roloff: Wow Chris. You do have a lot of negativity going on here. Yes, we may be public figures but that does not mean i have to or should give up every and all aspect of my life - public and/or personal. The funny thing about being a public figure you will NEVER please everyone all of the time or maybe even some of the time. However, if you have a message and can have people more aware and think about something positive and different about someone or a group of people and their community then yes I think I and the rest of my family have and will continue to make a difference.
Chris, I have been down this road before. You have to remember, to take a picture and assume and make assumptions does a dis-service to many people including my family. Of course we don't condone cruelty or throwing animals intentionally to hurt them, you may have assumed too much from general information but that does not give you the right to assume we are lying. We do advocate for acceptance of people but also have the right to whatever our personal opinions and beliefs may be. For a far out example, Thomas Jefferson signed the constitution regarding
Debbie you are correct. I and my family have never indicated we are perfect and haven't made mistakes, and as public figures I find that refreshing. We have an opportunity to do a lot of good things and that is what I will continue to do. Including being there for my kids when they are going through and doing great things and when things aren't going so well. supporting Matt where I can, and advocating and supporting the change in people's attitude and perception of people. There is good in all of us but sometimes life throws us curve balls, maybe a lot of curve balls, doesn't mean we give up ond doing the right thing and promoting positive change.
Well, Chris, FB is not the place for this. As I mentioned before, we could go in circles and nothing I say will give you a strong positive perspective on myself or my family. You already have instilled such a negative perspective on us which I find dis-heartening and un-founding in many ways. I and my family will keep on doing our best in the best way we know how. Perfect - no, Honestly trying to do the right thing and get out a message that is thought provoking, of change, making a difference, yes. Even when others will disagree in what and how we go about doing.
The fact is that while you may disagree with Chris Garza's' tone or may feel it's rude that he confronted Amy (although one of the Roloffs criticisms is that people say things on other sites, but don't say them directly so...) but the honest fact is that the *issues* that Chris is questioning are indeed true.
We will explain.
1. Yes, the cat tossing is true. It's not a rumor. It's not a lie. Mueller, Jeremy and Zach were throwing Mo the cat in the air while taking pictures of it. Many people feel this is wrong. That it's cruel and mean, and a shameful way to treat animals. Amy and "the boys" defended their behavior by saying people have no right to judge them unless you know them personally. They said Mueller was on his knees when he was throwing the cat in the air. They said they were just taking "fun" pictures of throwing the cat as a joke. They said the cat wasn't injured from it. They said Mueller likes dogs....So that's the Roloffs defense or excuses for it. However, when someone references the cat tossing, it is one hundred percent true.
2. The return of LPBW. First of all, Chris' question or reference was factually completely correct. We have the video on our site. Matt Roloff interviewed with a Portland TV station stating the show would continue for at least 2 more years. A few weeks later, it was announced that the show was finished.
Regarding the return of LPBW, the rumors were started by Matt Roloff in his Facebook postings and on his Roloff World blog. Matt worked fans into an excited frenzy by posting things that imply or in some cases, flat out said the show as returning. A reasonable person reading Matt's Facebook that believes Matt is an honest man, would be lead to believe that TLC was begging the Roloffs to come back and do the show and they were going to do that. Now Amy is sort of stating that "you may have assumed too much from general information"? Matt posted that he and Amy had worked a tentative filming schedule for more shows. He even replied to someone asking about when the show would be back that "I thought we already did announce that there would be more shows."
However, in the same week, Amy on her page, posted that she didn't think they would be back on TV "anytime soon". So some reasonable people confronted Amy. They asked 'Hey, Matt is saying LPBW is returning and filming schedule has been worked out...but you're saying you don't think you're going to be back on TV anytime soon. Who is lying? Why is one of you being misleading? Amy replied that nobody that was being misleading and there are talks.
3. We won't elaborate right now because it's been discussed in detail previously, but again, Chris is factually correct about Jeremy's church. Perhaps you agree with Jeremy's church. Perhaps you don't agree. However what Chris said is correct. That church does not accept gay people as they are. They advocate that gay people can and should be cured by praying to Jesus to rid them of their "perversion" and "brokenness". That is a true fact about the Church that Jeremy (and Molly now) loves and supports. Amy and Matt are paid diversity speakers that give speeches such as "Accept your difference and accept others differences". If you think Jeremy's church is private information, take it up with Matt Roloff -- he went so far as to name the church stating that Jeremy volunteers as an usher at the Solid Rock church and he loves it. We never even said the name of the church out of respect for Jeremy's privacy. It was Matt Roloff that told everyone.
4. Jacob's schooling. This is the most recent example of Matt Roloff spin. For people that followed the facts closely, they know what really happened (which by the way, this whole issue was made public by the Roloffs themselves). Jacob was expelled from his school in April. Amy and Matt were frustrated at the school's decision. You might recall Amy asking for prayers about an important board meeting. So it started out that Roloffs were being rather honest. That Jacob had "made choices" or that he had "lost interest in school" and wasn't meeting grade standards. Then Matt began the spin work on his Facebook. You can go back and review his postings and examine Matt's mastery in spin. He posted about Jacob's creativity. He posted that Jacob was going to be home schooled. He posted links to an article which made the point that schools were killing creativity. He said Jacob was happier than ever and Matt was so proud. Fans were singing the praises of home schooling and offering their congratulations to Jacob and showering Matt with praise for raising a creative son.
A perfect example of all this is revealed in a person that responded to Chris Garza defending Amy. A Debbie Smith, that Amy actually references in her coffee chat for keeping her informed about all the flooding going on in some states. Debbie chastised someone for stating that Jacob was expelled.
Debbie Smith: "Are you jealous Chris because Amy and Matt are successful? Jacob was NOT kicked out of school he is trying to better himself by going to a homeschool program..."
Debbie obviously was fooled by Matt's spin job. Debbie, incorrectly, stated that Jacob was NOT kicked out of school (which Amy confirms in exact words that YES he was "kicked out").
That's a perfect example of a trusting Roloff fan being fooled by Matt's spinning of a situation.
So when Amy states that people are judging without knowing, I don't think that's an accurate description of what happens at all. Most of the issues that the Roloff family are being "judged" about are indeed true things. That doesn't mean you have to feel the same about the issue that someone else does. Perhaps they think it's important. Maybe you don't think it's important. Everyone has their own opinions. However these are true things -- it's not people judging without knowing what's going on as Amy states.