One of the nice things about our site after gaining a respectable reputation for being "real", is that many different people will give us the scoop on their experiences when it involves the Roloffs. Friends and the people that know the Roloffs realize that the sites that come from Matt himself and the LPBW image of the Roloffs are "fluff" so sometimes they appreciate a site that goes beyond the fluff.
We can confirm the legitimacy of the people we are in communication with -- they aren't anonymous people that we have no idea who they are. We know who they are and we know they attended the LPA conference in Anaheim. Obviously, opinions and perspectives belong to individuals. The way our site works is that we relay what is going on and pass the "buzz" onto you -- the fans and people who are interested in the Roloffs so that you have an idea of what is really being said by people there.
This is stuff that you're not going to hear (for obvious reasons) on Matt's Facebook or by people on their payroll/staff.
So what are the Roloffs like at this years LPA National Conference in Anaheim? What are people that were there are saying about them?
We have heard from multiple people and the stories have all been very similar and sadly, it's not very positive.
First of all, the Roloffs were telling people that they're doing more TV with TLC, but nobody saw the cameras at the actual LPA conference.
One of the elements people might find interesting -- the Roloffs were not the big deal anymore. The guy from Pit Boss - Shorty Rossi, showed up and he was very much the center of attention. Apparently cameras circled around him with the Roloffs about 20 feet away.
As for the Roloffs as individuals, what might come as a bit of a shock for readers of our site is that the biggest indictments and the Roloffs that people at the LPA were commenting on the most in a negative sense were about Amy and Zach. It varies, but as readers of our site would know, Jeremy and Matt usually have the most negative stories/opinions about them out of the entire Roloff family. However, not on this trip (well, more so for Matt -- we'll explain about Jeremy).
Matt is Matt, but people say Matt was social and cordial. People within the LPA weren't coming away with a negative impression of Matt (keep in mind, a lot of these people have known the Roloffs for years and years -10, sometimes 20 years).
However, the same cannot be said for Amy. The reports we got were that things are just so different. That Amy is so different. The phrase "Diva-like behavior or attitude" was used to describe Amy. There are people that Amy has known for over 20 years that she was sort of blowing off and people find themselves asking, what is up with the Roloffs?
The second or perhaps we should have listed this as the first thing that caught attention was Zach's behavior.
Before we get into this, one thing you should know that we haven't even done an item on yet -- is that Zach has a girlfriend back in Hillsboro. She's an average height girl named Tori that has worked for the Roloffs during pumpkin season.
Anyhow Zach's behavior was catching attention. Some people are saying it's like he's a totally different person. People have reported that Zach was stumbling around drunk on the dance floor. People in attendance are saying he was trying to hook up with random girls and in general his behavior with girls is catching attention -- especially of some of the parents that are observing how he's acting. That people knew Zach has a girlfriend back home was not making some observers too impressed with his behavior.
If you're wondering, that was not Zach's reputation at all in the past. Back last year for the CoDA basketball game in Michigan there were accounts of some of the "Statesmen" players getting so drunk that they were passing out in the hallway of the hotel. Anyhow, the person that reported that said Zach was not that way and actually heard him say that he didn't like it when they get stupid (drunk) like that.
Anyone that has visited our site in the past knows what we say about the Roloffs wholesome squeaky clean family image vs reality. This kind of behavior for Jeremy is nothing new, he's been the same way for many years, but it is a big change in Zach and people that are used to Zach at the LPA were surprised.. In fact, as shocking as it might sound, we've been told by multiple people that Jeremy and Mueller were mild in comparison to how Zach is acting at the LPA this week.
However, that's not to say Jeremy and Mueller weren't seen partying. Some said the Roloffs spent a lot of time in their suites and apparently some of the people that were drinking with Jeremy and Mueller were putting out the word that they wanted to see how Jeremy was the next day after his "rough" nights.
By the way, Jeremy is 21, so there's absolutely nothing wrong with it that way -- it's just it's not the image that the Roloffs and TLC have sold fans. I think most people familiar with our site are well aware of the statements the Roloffs put in their wholesome Christian oriented book "Little Family, Big Values" that Jeremy was credited for saying he wouldn't drink or do any of that bad stuff teens do because Jeremy only pleases God.
Whenever this issue comes up, especially regarding Jeremy, I think some people are confused about why it gets attention. It's more about the lies and hypocrisy from Jeremy and the Roloffs about it rather than the actual behavior. A 21 year old drinking/partying hard at a LPA convention is not shocking or unusual at all.
The thing fans need to understand is that for people within the LP community (or for that matter, any people) that have known the Roloffs is that Jeremy has been like that for many years -- people that know him say that he gets drunk and all "that stuff". Personally, I don't really care if adults (and Jeremy is an adult) choose to drink, I just find it to be such a paradox from someone who is as vocal as Jeremy is about "living for Jesus" and he legitimately spends most weekend nights at a church with his friends who are very much the same way -- listening to John Mark Comer deliver messages such as that people that go out and get hammered are drunkards and won't enter the Kingdom of God. To me, if you're going to be like that, if that's what you choose to hear and say you love hearing it, maybe you want to tone down how you're serving Jesus all the time with your actions and if you're going to legitimately listen to church sermons about how that kind of behavior will keep you out of the Kingdom of God. If that's what he's into -- then maybe wouldn't some of that actually kick in and you'd cut it out? However, that's just my personal opinion on the matter, I know many people that say most people in the Christian culture are the same way as Jeremy -- say one thing, do another, listen to how something is bad - praise Jesus for the message - then go out and do the "bad" things. Then come back next week - say Jesus is great because Jesus forgives and do it all again -- and some feel that's just the way people in the Christian culture are and Jeremy's not the exception to being a hypocrite if you want to call it that.
Anyhow, that's getting off track. The point is, that kind of behavior is nothing surprising from Jeremy, however that wasn't what the buzz has been about this week. It was that Zach was the one that was really catching people's attention for being even more like that.
So that's the talk. That the Roloffs are very different. That people are sort of asking each other 'what's up with the Roloffs'. People think they've burned a lot of bridges within the LPA and perhaps Roloffs will come back down to earth in another few years.
On a final note about the LPA convention as a whole this week -- people were saying that apparently attendance appeared to be down compared to past LPA conferences. People think that it's become too expensive in this economy and that prevents a lot of people that would like to attend from going.