A new episode of 'Little People, Big World' aired on Tuesday September 8th, 2015 on TLC.
It featured the Hamill family of TLC's show 'Our Little Family' visiting Roloff Farms.
This episode was light hearted and mostly featured the Hamill's children being filmed visiting the Western Town, the castle and tunnels. There were also plenty of farm animals.
There were frequent comments from various Roloffs that the Farm is begging for little kids to be roaming around and more talk of grandchildren on the farm soon.
However, as with most things Roloff related recently, the controversial topic people want to discuss is something that was never seen on the episode or hinted at.
As suggested by readers, we will post and summarize what Jacob Roloff had to say at the time (and more recently in comments with fans) about the filming experience and more specifically his feelings on Jack Hamill, the oldest of the Hamill children. He is 6 years old which is the same age Jacob was when the Roloffs first began filming.
On August 2nd, 2015, Jacob posted this photo with the following words from Jacob
"This is Jack. I've never felt I had more of an opportunity to influence someone's life than when I told him how much I didn't like filming when I was his age, so he knows just because the adults say it's what's best, doesn't mean it's what's best. Then after, I asked him how he felt about it and after a pause he said, "I like it medium", meaning not at all, which is exactly what I would've said at 7. Seeing him for the few days that I did and hanging out with him for the short time that I did was a crazy reflective experience, seeing what it looked like (more or less) to be a 7 year old thrown into different situations for your parents' ratings. He doesn't know that yet though. He's more of a central focus character in his family's show than I ever was, too, so there's more 'depending' on him; I can't imagine. Im hoping I get to see him again and how he turns out, and that what I said sticks with him."
Jacob's girlfriend, Isabel, who was present for this filming, commented on Jacob's instagram photo.
"I've never seen a little kid look up to someone so much and the fact that he was seeking you out in every crowd and hanging on your every word is enough evidence for me to confirm my theory that you have the biggest heart in the world. Being misunderstood all your life and you've never let it hinder your ability to keep moving forward, keep trying to inspire people to sleep outside the box and to question everything. I've learned so much from you and I have no doubt in my mind Jack will remember what you said to him for the rest of his life"
The majority of comments were praising Jacob for being honest and thoughtful towards Jack.
Jacob's cousin, Rachel Burton, (the daughter of Matt's sister Ruth) commented to Jacob:
"You are an incredible young man, cousin."
Amy Roloff even commented to Jacob on Instagram on August 3rd (this was before Jacob tweeted that he has been "fucked out of money" from the show):
"You're an awesome son Jacob. You, like your brothers and sister, keep blessing me everyday. I'm sorry it was so tough on you."
However, some were more critical of Jacob's comment and Jacob responded to those comments. Here are some of the comments and the exchanges between Jacob and viewers of his Instagram.
Tnhills: There are some things that, out of respect for your parents and the decisions they made for the family when you were younger, probably should remain unsaid on social media. When you have children and understand what it means to provide for them, then maybe you can speak. Speak to your parents privately about this--- speak to Jack if you MUST (also privately)... But honestly, talking about your being "thrown into different situations for your parents' ratings", is just tacky. Despite the mistakes they may have made in parenting, they ARE your parents, and you can honor them by forgiving what you perceive as a mistake... And not blabbing it on Instagram. I promise you'll regret these statements when you grow up a bit.
jacobroloff45: @tnhills I'm not concerned with what you think is tacky or overstepping in this post. And I'm not taking suggestions about how to handle myself from tnhills on Instagram, sorry
Angelsfan82: Middle child syndrome
jacobroloff45: @Angelsfan82 I'm actually the last child.
AmyK0410: While I entirely support your right to express your feelings and opinions on your own experience, I don't think it's fair to say that this little boy doesn't like being filmed or imply that his parents are exploiting him. As a mother, I can tell you that it would severely anger me if someone implied such a thing about me. I think it's great that you and he had a good time together but you've crossed a line to say that what he's going through is the same as your experience.
jacobroloff45: So he knows filming will alter his whole life? I was 6 or 7 when filming started and he's 7 now and I'm not sure how long before now they've been filming, but those situations seem pretty similar, no? Both boys, both 7, both being filmed, both VISIBLY not liking it. I'm not saying they're identical, primarily because I don't have dwarfism and he's the oldest child, not the youngest, so he's actually got MORE focus and pressure on him. I think I trust my opinion on this more than anyone else's, @amyk0410
AmyK0410: My point (that you seem to have missed) is that you implied that his parents are putting him on TV for their own satisfaction..."ratings" is what you used which I assume means money, fame, etc. You don't know the reasons they chose to do the show. If it is, in fact, for money, you don't know what kind of circumstances they've been in that led them to choosing this.
jacobroloff45: @amyk0410 What do you mean? It IS money, maybe not maliciously, which I never meant to imply, but people don't go on TV for free. It is so they and their kids can have 'good' lives, full of fun trips and easy 'work'; but what I'm saying is money and fame and trips and a 'good life' are being traded for authenticity, genuine family time, and shaping the life of a young kid and, more often than not, in a bad way. IM saying, childhood stardom needs to be thought out waaaay more, and there needs to be some sort of system in place to protect the minors from being screwed over by whatever TV network, or their parents, out of money they are entitled to for appearing on TV.
lashurn96: Sounds like you're putting words in this kids mouth. If he says he likes it medium that doesn't mean not at all. Just because you're not happy doesn't mean he won't be happy.
jacobroloff45: I saw the way he was even when the cameras were on him, not in private, and I can't believe more people don't see it. The producer just asks him to do things and say things, and provokes other people to ask him things, but he knows the questions are fake so his answers were usually short or nonexistent. I could see his disinterest in the show within 10 minutes. And then when it was just us he asked me when I started filming and if I liked it, and after i made it extremely known I didn't like it at all, I asked him if he did, and he shook his head and I asked why and he changed his answer and said I like it medium, maybe thinking I would tell someone, but with certain inflections in his voice that gave me every reason to suspect what I've said. I know it's probably an unpleasant truth for everyone involved, but that kid will likely not end up loving the show or the people making him do it.