Jacob Roloff and his girlfriend Isabel, have started a new You Tube Channel. They have an embarked on an extended road trip to a variety of National Parks. They said they will document their adventures on their You Tube Channel.
Rock & Roloff You Tube Channel
Jacob had posted a few Instagram pictures preparing his truck for the road trip. They are travelling with their 2 dogs, Moose and Luna.
Jacob and Isabel also have their own website: http://www.rockandroloff.com/
Isabel has been posting her paintings: https://www.rockandroloff.com/art-1/ and Jacob written a few entries: https://www.rockandroloff.com/writing/
One entry Jacob made in late February kind of went under the Radar, until Radar Online recently wrote about it: http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/little-people-big-world-family-feud-jacob-roloff-slams-reality-show-fake-harmful/
Jacob wrote this in depth piece on February 26, 2017.
Jacob opened up about what it was like growing up on the "reality show". Jacob refers to scenes for the show as "staged and fake" and describes watching his parents, Matt and Amy, stage an argument that was based on a real life argument that they re-hashed for the cameras and Amy had tears in her eyes after the staging the scene. Jacob also responds to the frequent criticisms that he is a "spoiled brat" and ungrateful when he says he hates the show because he is "rich" and has gotten "things" from being on the show.
Here are just a few excerpts from Jacob's writing:
"Here's something original: I was on camera almost every day for at least 13 years. Putting that in the background, I can now talk about old ideas I've found that have impacted me and which have that 'new' quality when put in the context of such an original thing as growing up on TV.
It takes me quite some time to get through my thoughts on this filming thing because I have for so long expressed myself and been met with an overabundance of people who know who I am, so challenge me, or even ridicule me. Because of this I've learned to some extent to build trapdoors, or rather 'safeties', in my writing
To give you a real example, I just said, "I've always been partial to not doing the show," and I can expect to be met with several of the common — let's say grievances. One of which will undoubtedly be, "Sure, you hate the show, but you're rich! Spoiled! You have things." Or something along the lines of my not appreciating filming to their standards, but still accepting and using the benefits of it.
I see no conflict and I'll try to explain it. First, from a bigger and general view, I was 6 years old when we started filming; what were you like at six years old? Fast forward to 18, when I decided after some minor controversy to not sign the contract for the show. That means: I am not contractually obligated to do formal interviews or show up to film anything, although it was still very strongly encouraged. What I'm doing here, is at 18 years old, making a decision when I legally can to not film the rest of my growing up. People then talk to that 18 year old and accuse him of hypocrisy for taking the money earned from ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 and 'abandoning' the show. Does that make sense? Their reasoning is that during those ages I was a brat, and resisted filming, so I don't deserve the compensation from that period
However, filming is the raw material, production is when they createa story. Obviously I was a brat sometimes, which would be abnormal if I wasn't, but Created Character Jacob from Little People Big World was a brat in totality. Not just simply acting bratty, like normal; production redefined his humanhood to Brat. They did the same tricks with my whole family. I posted once that, "the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters.." People mistook that and said such outrageous things as, "So who is your real mom?!" Obviously what I meant was that the Characters everyone sees on TV are merely the product of a group of folks in LA editing raw footage into a story that sells. Dad: Creative; Mom: Controlling; Zach: Angry; Molly: Smart (okay that one is on point); Jeremy: Adventurous; and Myself: Brat. That's quite a dynamic cast! It's too bad that people take those caricatures as Gospel. Although it really speaks to the talent of an editor that can sculpt such believable personalities. (As an aside, these characterizations are not only incomplete or untruthful but can be harmful as well.
This has got me thinking though, what really is an 'innocently experienced' childhood? Which childhood is fair or good, and which is unfair and 'failed'? I suppose the answer to this is one I've already dawned on from a different angle. I say sometimes that my childhood was changed somehow by filming but my childhood was filming. I as ego, that is, as Jacob Roloff, do not have some separate thing that is my childhood againstother interferences to that childhood. They are one in the same. This realization is how I've come to let go of all bitterness in recent years towards both my parents and the production company, as if they had robbed me of normalcy. Ah!, again I am realizing something, a parallel.
You can read Jacob's whole post and Jacob and Isabel's website: here
Here is their 2nd You Tube Video:
Here is their 3rd video