We have been receiving some inquiries from people who say they have been reading comments over the internet that allude to Jeremy Roloff and his reputation with animals. They were asking what happened? So we've decided to dedicate this item to outlining some of the incidents that people mention.
From 5 years ago to within the last year, from Oregon to California, to a new set of friends, one thing has followed Jeremy through it all -- and that's his habit of either doing things that anger "animal lovers" or Jeremy and his friends fondness for photographing themselves with dead and mutilated animals.
So we will go through the list of some of the things that surfaced that drew some attention.
One of the older things, was a video from about 4 years ago featuring the "DBU" (the name Jeremy and Zach's group of friends gave themselves) -- the friends that were often seen on episodes of Little People, Big World on TLC.
This is a video of them trying to be funny, standing around pretending to talk about their day and then they pan over to a pile of dead cows and baby calves.
Warning that some people might find some of these images disturbing.
The next incident was a series of comments online that caught attention between Jeremy and several of his "DBU" friends following a hiking trip in Oregon. They were sarcastically posting about the death of a bird during their trek. One of the friends commented that the poor bird's life was snuffed out on an edge of a cliff by a size 13 boot and never saw it coming. Mueller then interjected to correct, that he has a size 14 boot, not 13 and it was the a size 14 boot that killed the bird.
Then there is the infamous cat tossing pictures featuring (once again) Jeremy and best friend Jacob Mueller. The pictures capture Jeremy and Mueller in the Roloff home with the black and white Roloff cat named Mo. While Jeremy was seated on the couch snapping pictures of the action, Mueller was tossing the cat in the air.
The pictures generated shock and disgust from people at the way Jeremy and Mueller were treating the cat and that this is obviously an activity that they deem to be fun or funny.
Some people took to Amy J Roloff's official Facebook Fan Page, posted the picture and commented on it. Amy responded. Her response to the pictures of her son and his best friend (who Amy has repeatedly referred to as a "great kid" and like her "5th kid") tossing the cat and taking pictures of it in the air was to essentially say that no one has a right to judge them unless you know them personally. Amy never explained how whether one knows them personally or not, affects one's ability to comment on the behavior exhibited in a picture. Others are quick to point out that Amy's default response to criticism of her family (the "Do I know? If not, you should cannot judge us") is not a rule that Amy abides by herself. Several times Amy has publicly criticized people whom she does not know personally (Rosie O'Donnell, Kim Kardashian, flight attendants, bloggers, politicians, etc.) when they do or say something she doesn't like.
Also contributing to Jeremy's reputation with animals is the habit he and his friends have of posing gleefully with the bloody and dead carcasses of animals. These pictures were the result of a Jeremy, Mueller and friends trip.
Jeremy proudly showing off a dead bird that had it's head blown apart:
The dead animal pictures have followed Jeremy from Oregon to California and his new group of friends. One of Jeremy's roommates posted this picture after a hiking adventure with Jeremy.
Again, warning that some might find this picture disturbing, but this is what Jeremy and his friends take pictures of when you hear them refer to all of their adventures.
On top of those things, throw in that there have been comments that caught the eyes of people (you might remember a couple of years ago Facebook had regional network settings and anyone that was apart of a shared network such as "Portland" as someone else could view their profile) such as friends of Jeremy posting to him about how they skin chipmunks and one friend and Jeremy engaged in a discussion where the friend was telling him how he spent his morning shooting squirrels for fun and had such powerful ammo that he blew the squirrel apart. Jeremy responded with a "Good shot!" comment.
So when you hear people refer to Jeremy's reputation with animals, that pretty much sums up just some of the reasons why.
For people that have not watched the majority of the Little People, Big World series, we should note that the series does not delve into this aspect of Jeremy's hobbies or habits. In one of they very first shows filmed, the episode centered around Jeremy and Matt attempting to shoot moles that were digging up the lawn. Another episode in Season 2 or 3 that revolved around a birthday party at the farm had a scene where a baby bird got knocked out of a tree by a soccer ball and Jeremy jumped up pretending to stomp on it to "scare the girls". That's about it as far as the LPBW featuring Jeremy and animals on the show.
Keep in mind that as astute observers know, LPBW is not an accurate portrayal of what the Roloffs do in their real lives. Matt and Amy Roloff are producers of the LPBW and as per their statements under oath in court, they have the complete final say over how they and their family is portrayed on the show. The LPBW series also included producers such as Chris Cardamone who describes himself as a very close friend of the Roloffs, contributed to Amy's cookbook, helps with her Charity Foundation and has taken to social media sites like Facebook to defend the Roloffs. Obviously the "Little People, Big World" tv show is not going to let anything air that might alienate their audience members.
Matt Roloff also is very well aware on his Facebook Fan Page that many of the LPBW fans are animal lovers. Matt often posts cutesy animal pictures on his Facebook Fan Page that generate a positive response. He has in the past posted pictures of Jeremy in a tree with the calico cat....Matt said Jeremy was rescuing the blind cat from the tree ....Matt's Facebook fans responded with comments such as "Jeremy is so great to be so gentle and caring to the cat! I love cats too, Matt!"
So it's quite easy to realize why the Roloffs try to keep their behavior with animals on the down low. We all know that Matt is very aware of what the reaction would be if he displayed these pictures and stories to his Facebook fans.
Now I should point out that there are defenses for Jeremy and his friends behavior with animals. They do have some defenders of course who always defend the Roloffs regardless of the criticism.
Some point to the more straight forward hunting aspects of it and say there's nothing wrong with hunting. A lot of people like it. Jeremy's just a manly country boy that likes hunting. Jeremy's girlfirend, Audrey, has expressed in tweets that she finds a guy that shoots animals very attractive. The picture of Jeremy (and Mueller) with the bird with it's had blown apart is explained as a typical hunting picture of a hunter proudly posing with his kill.
Jeremy and the gang have defenders that approve of the cat tossing. The defense is apparently that all people throw their cats and especially kids like to throw cats high to see if they'll land on their feet (although it should be pointed out, that Jeremy and Mueller were not 8 years old, they were clearly around the age of 20 in the pictures). One of Amy's, Zach's and Mueller's own defense given during one of Amy's old live coffee chats was that Mueller loves his own pet dogs so.....I didn't really get it, but I think what they were going for was that Mueller isn't cruel to animals because he loves his own pet dogs.
Anonymous defenders of Jeremy on twitter claim that Jeremy and his friends don't kill the animals (which clearly is not true in some of those cases and certainly contradict their own words about the bird stomping and the size of boot used), but the defense that has been thrown out there was that Jeremy and his friends just stumble upon dead and mutilated bodies of animals and they get great pleasure out of photographing it. Personally, I'll be honest....what the hell? Who enjoys taking pictures of dead and mangled animals? That's kind of sick. But yes, Jeremy does have his defenders who insist that it's just a hobby that Jeremy enjoys.
As for Jeremy himself? Over the years, people have tweeted at Jeremy and referenced Jeremy about many of these issues. As is always the case with anything even slightly controversial about Jeremy, he never speaks for himself. Jeremy will be 23 next May.
Anyhow, we were asked to explain the topic, so there it is. Feel free to form your own opinion. My personal opinion? It's just another example of the common theme with the Roloffs. Their real behavior differs very much from "The Roloff brand" or "The Roloff image" that they (led by Matt) sell to fans that don't know the truth about what they really do. If you have observed Matt's Facebook postings on his official Fan Page for any length of time, it becomes very clear that Matt puts a lot of effort into attempting to portray the Roloffs as a gentle animal loving bunch. And it's clear that goes over well with the Roloff fan base. There's a lot big animal lovers among the LPBW and Roloff fan base.
So for me (although I do find some of Jeremy's and his friends behavior with animals to be very distasteful and wrong), the issue becomes much like the other issues, like the Roloffs support for anti-diverse organizations. They have a right to support that, but they don't own that behavior or beliefs. They portray an image that contradicts their real behavior and actions.
Therefore, you get Matt posting a cutesy picture of Jeremy in a tree with a cat and naive fans responding with "Awww, Jeremy is such a sweet and gentle young man. I love cats too! I love you guys!", when in real life there is certainly evidence that suggests that Jeremy isn't that sweet and gentle animal lover that goes over so well with a certain faction of the Roloff fan base.