A local news station in Oregon, KATU, had an article today where Matt and Amy Roloff are claiming they are receiving serious death threats. KATU is the local Portland station where Matt and Amy have often appeared on the morning show for fluffy segments. Amy appears to be a friend of one of the hosts.
Matt and Amy claim that they are receiving Facebook messages and emails supposedly "threatening to kill and rape Amy and their daughter Molly by tying them to their beds. There's also a threat to use a bomb to blow up the farm where they live."
The article says: "The Roloffs are a resilient bunch. They've been on television in some form for a decade. But this latest twist in their celebrity life includes threats like "death to the midgets" along with attacks on their disabilities, the sexual orientation of their kids and even their Christianity."
Matt says he called 911 last month because "I'm leaving at four in the morning for the airport, there's a suspicious car outside our gate that's raced off – I tried to chase it – I called 911, and I'm trying to follow it. I'm like, 'OK, I've got the guy on a dead-end road, I know he's got to come out of there.' And they're like, 'Well, OK, we'll try to dispatch somebody' (click)."
In the story, Matt is quick to criticize the FBI and Washington County's Sheriff's office because Matt is not confident they are taking the threats seriously.
Matt goes onto say: "It's concerning," Matt said. "And I'd be lying if I didn't say I was keeping my clip in my weapon at night, wondering if someone's going to come into the house and carry out some of these threats."
Amy adds: "What I'd like to see happen is that you can't hide behind Facebook or emails or any electronic stuff," she said.
Matt: "If you're going to go out and do death threats, you need to be accountable to it. So I think society has to come up with ways to expose people that put out stuff like this."
KATU called Washington County regarding the issue and states: "A spokesman for the Washington County Sheriff's Office says they did send units out that morning – when Matt called 911 – but couldn't find a car matching the description that Matt gave.
The sergeant who spoke to KATU News did make a point of following up with the Roloffs Wednesday afternoon to track down why so little had been done about what they'd reported to Washington County. He said they are now taking this very seriously.
The FBI will neither confirm nor deny it has an active investigation into the Roloff's concerns.
The person or persons behind the threats are using emails and Facebook profiles, but it is unclear whether those are actual people making the threats or if those innocent people had their profiles hacked."
In the video, the KATU investigative reporter says that a skeptic would say that this kind of thing is the "price of fame". Amy responds: "We dealt with another incident; just because we choose to give up some of my privacy does not mean you have every 100 percent of my privacy."
It's unclear as to which "incident" Amy is referring to. She has used that defense before when she or members of the Roloff family have been criticized in the past such as Jeremy's infamous Myspace Scandal when he used racial and homophobic slurs with his friends. When Amy has vaguely mentioned the incident, she has indicated that because it was not meant to be known by the public, that it was private and people don't have a right to know about. She also has used the "privacy" issue when people have questioned her about the Roloffs affiliation with the Solid Rock Church and their message that gay people should pray to Jesus to be cured. The Roloffs have been asked flat out what they believe because of their status as paid diversity speakers about acceptance. When Amy refused to give a definitive answer, she said it was private.
You can read the full article here: http://www.katu.com/news/investigators/Little-people-big-problem-Roloffs-get-death-threats-208581481.html or what the video below:
Spiritswander's opinion? First of all, obviously, I think any legitimate and serious threats of harm to anybody are awful and the perpetrator should be punished. One would think that threats of rape or bomb threats could be easily traced and tracked.
However, I think that the type of messages they flashed up in the video, the "Death to midgets! U r all stoopid! Die!".....I think those types of messages, while unfortunate, are typical for anyone with any celebrity. Even non celebrities that post You Tube videos or "Vlogs" receive those types of "hate messages".
You can pretty much go to any You Tube or public Facebook video about an athlete or a singer and see similar type of messages - whether it's Lebron James or Justin Bieber - where tough talking commentators say stuff like "I hope he dies!", "Someone should throw a brick at his head", etc. I recall hearing about a story a few years ago about the hockey player Alexander Ovechkin where some kid wrote on a hockey message board following a game where Ovechkin scored against his team that he was going to kill Ovechkin. As I recall, the police did investigate that as a death threat and it was some 15 year old kid that made some weeping apology about how he was sorry and didn't really mean it. I tend to think most of those types of comments are exactly like that.
Personally, I don't think it can be ignored that Matt and the Roloffs have a tendency to exaggerate things for attention. Especially for things that make them out to be victims and sympathetic figures. Case in point, Matt has been posting on Facebook for years alluding to how Molly had a stalker - but he never really gave details.
However, during the Roloffs lawsuit vs Washington County over the trespassing safety inspector - the Roloffs were suing for $250,000 claiming Amy suffered severe emotional distress. The Roloffs were trying to prove that they have a heightened sense of safety because of the fame from the television show. They were trying to prove that's why Amy seeing a County inspector on her property would "freak her out" to the point that she needs $250,000 to compensate her - because of the issues they experience with threats and trespassing.
So under oath - where they faced the penalty of perjury - they were asked to describe these incidents. I find it very revealing that Matt and Amy never mentioned a "Molly stalker" in detail when it came down to the "nitty gritty". It's one thing to say something happened on your own Facebook or in a "fluff" interview where the person interviewing you won't ask any follow up questions, but it's another to talk about it when you are under oath and cannot lie or exaggerate the truth.
By the way, the incidents the Roloffs did talk about mainly involved over-zealous fans. People that drove to the Farm only to find out it was closed, but they drove past the old gate anyway hoping to see the Roloffs. Or a mountain biker that was riding through the woods and went too far onto the Roloffs property. Amy told him to go away and he did. Amy also described an incident during one of the remodels when the house had no windows or doors. Amy and Zach came home and heard someone inside. They didn't call the police. They shouted stuff like "Hey, what are you doing?" and Amy said they saw a boy and a girl run away. They apparently never called the police. Also in the court documents, there was a "weirdo" that was discussed. He was apparently a "doomsday" crazy, that sent the Roloffs things about how the world would end and he would protect them or something. But I believe the documents said it was determined that he's never been to the Roloff property and isn't from Oregon.
Anyhow, I tend to think the Roloffs are trying to exaggerate threats to hop on over to another issue that clearly bothers them - and that is the rights of others to criticize them as public figures.
Speaking of privacy and threats, let's not forget that the Roloffs tried and failed to issue a subpoena of the Spiritswander Blog for all the personal information of myself and *anyone* that has ever posted a comment. I also received threats from a person vowing to "hunt me down". That anonymous person claimed to be close Roloff family friend and former Little People, Big World producer Chris Cardamone, although there certainly is nothing to say that it was him. It was just anonymous comments claiming it was him and sending vitriolic messages.
So when the Roloffs start to say in the KATU article that "She (Amy) said she'd like to have those responsible for the threats exposed.
"What I'd like to see happen is that you can't hide behind Facebook or emails or any electronic stuff," she said." I wonder if they're trying to use a more dramatic issue of "death threats" to carry over to the issue that clearly bothers the Roloffs - and that is the right that people have to criticize them.
And while I don't necessarily subscribe to the theory that a person should let a few "bad seeds" stop them from living the life they want, I do think it is somewhat odd that people who are supposedly terrified of these threats and fear crazy people, that they continue to do all they can to keep themselves in the public spotlight. If I was terrified that someone was going to harm me as Amy states when she talks about worrying if someone is on her property, I don't think I would invite thousands of strangers onto my property every October, even if I was making money off of it. As our frequent contributor Rap541, often points out, the Roloffs will give a private tour to anybody who is willing to pay them $300 for 30 minutes. If I was as frightened as the Roloffs claim they are, I don't think I would be inviting everybody with $300 to have a private tour.