Frequent contributor to the Spiritswander Blog, Rap541, wanted a chance to share some of their thoughts on the recent story that they've been victims of death threats that Matt and Amy Roloff have went to the media about.
Privacy Versus the Privileges of Fame – Or Why The Roloffs Have No Reason to Complain That I Am About To Pick Them Apart Here
So yet again, the Roloffs claim they are being victimized by mean bullies online, and by real life stalkers to the point that they are so aggrieved by the lack of police response, they have contacted the media to complain about it. While doing this, we have Amy yet again making her very special plea for *privacy* - "Just because I choose to give up some of my privacy does not mean you have 100 percent of my privacy," – which is all fine and good… except that she and Matt have intentionally gone to the media with this particular problem.
Now first off, no one has asked Amy Roloff for one hundred percent of her privacy. This is what Amy says whenever she feels defensive and doesn’t want to discuss a particular topic. Amy’s notion of privacy is whatever Amy decides is private at that time. Likewise Matt, although he’s less vocal about it. So let me explain why, as I pick apart the claims of a facebook threatener, a stalker in a car, etc, why Matt and Amy don’t really have a “privacy” argument to make here.
Matt and Amy intentionally publicized this story, and they got a tv interview because “they’re Oregon’s famous family” and not because the details of this situation are so shocking that the media was searching them out. The Roloffs sought out the media to publicize their situation and used their fame to get attention to their problem. They’ve asked for the attention and now they are going to get some questions. My questions are based in part on the vague description we always get and please understand, the Roloffs didn’t hide this problem, they went to the media and used their fame in the community so that they could get up on the pulpit and point fingers at all the meanies being mean and how no one on the police force is taking them seriously. They’re making a very serious claim so yes, we do have the right to ask questions about their version of events. The Roloffs tend to bank on the idea that they can throw a grandiose claim out there and people won’t question it. After discovering what their “home invasion” was in reality (as they described in public court documents)… yes, I think its fair to ask for some details.
How many times in the past six years have the Roloffs contacted the police regarding stalking? Or burglary? Or trespass?
Does the FBI have open active cases regarding the Roloffs? What are the natures of these cases? Remember, the Roloffs have gone to the media to complain because their concerns aren’t being handled in a manner to which they feel is appropriate. The Roloffs have made public claims that they aren’t being treated fairly or well. It’s fair to ask “what are these claims, how many times have you gone to the FBI, what crime do you think is being committed?”
Has each person who got a threatening email filed a report with Facebook?
What was Facebook’s response?
Have these user ids sending threatening email been reported to the police? It’s really interesting how clear Matt is in this interview that he called the cops about the *car* and not the emails/phone calls.
What have Matt and Amy done to have the phone calls tracked? Anything? Again, remember, they’re complaining the police haven’t done enough, and they’re using their clout as tv stars to get on the news and let everyone know how wronged they are. It’s fair to ask what steps they have taken. Have they changed their phone number? Removed it from their website?
Here’s an interesting question. What *crime* was Matt reporting the morning he got up at 4am and saw a car parked outside the gate and chased it. Yes, I agree it’s odd…. But someone parked on a public road is what crime? Whoever it was in Matt's story apparently wasn’t on Roloff property and the gate and the house are a fair distance apart so it isn’t like someone was peeping. I mean, yes, I get why it would be disconcerting, I don’t like it when someone parks too long in front of my place…. But what were the police supposed to arrest this person for? I’m really not trying to make light – but whoever it was, they weren’t trespassing and I can see why “I saw some guy parked on the road by my driveway, and I chased him down a dead end road, come out and arrest this guy for being parked on the public road!” didn’t cause the county to send the SWAT team.
Now I am sure that the answers to these questions will be “too private” but really, if the Roloffs are going to publicly chastise the world for how they’re not being protected, and use their fame to get their way, then we do have the right to ask questions about *what the actual facts are, versus their emotions on tv* and *what they’ve done to protect themselves*.
I’ll be honest, I have no doubt they got some creepy messages. It’s not fun, I’ve gotten my own share in my lifetime. We certainly know Spirit has. And poster Mike makes a very good point in the comments, which is why I ask the question – have they contacted Facebook? They’re celebs getting death threats through Facebook. Have they contacted Facebook? What was Facebook’s response? They’re on tv saying the cops haven’t done enough – have they reported the *death threats* to the police? Have they reported the phone calls to the police? Have the Roloffs contacted the FBI over the death threats?
The only thing Matt’s officially on record reporting is the car waiting by his driveway – which at the end of the day isn’t exactly a crime.
If I seem to be demanding a lot of info, well, do understand, I don’t really expect answers. The concern I have is the Roloff family’s tendency to lie by omission and to exaggerate a situation (again, please consider the home invasion they’ve gone on about – the home invasion that upset them so but that neither adult Roloff can remember calling the cops over).
They’re intentionally using their celebrity to draw attention to their personal lives here. They’re doing it for a purpose, and they are very clear as to what they want and that they feel the authorities have not done enough to protect them. Since they are accusing others of wrongdoing, it is completely fair to ask exactly what they have reported, how many times, when it was done, and what they have done to solve the situation. They’re the ones who have put this situation under the glare of media attention, a situation that would never have made the news if they weren’t using their fame. I’m sure they won’t answer these questions, but we do have every right to ask them.