Guest Opinion Article Wirtten By Brandon:
As a long time reader and poster to the Spiritswander Blog (who was once falsely accused by Matt and Amy Roloff of working for Washington County in Oregon!) I asked Spirits if I could have an article about what I see as Jacob Roloff disappointing turn back to the Roloff Family and the family business.
I'll start by saying, I can't write a piece about being disappointed by Jeremy and Audrey Roloff or by Matt Roloff, because there's nothing to be disappointed about! They act exactly how I expect them to act. I have no expectations that Matt will suddenly be honest or that Jeremy or Audrey will stop being materialistic or that they won't go 3 Instagram posts without trying to sell something.
But Jacob Roloff is different. I was a frequent defender of Jacob and praised him.
I praised his public rebellion of the Roloff way of life. I respected that he spoke his mind. It needs to be said that it takes character to not automatically follow certain beliefs just because that's how you were raised. And most people are that way. They are a certain religion because their parents were, so they follow.
Jacob was raised in a right wing Christian family and he had the courage to think about his beliefs on issues and form his own opinions. That once led to his controversial rejecting of Christianity, once calling concepts of Heaven and thanking God for nice weather on your wedding day as "stupidity". I'm not suggesting you have to be disparaging like that when you form different views, but it is a positive trait to form your own opinion and voice them when you are the lone dissenter in your entire family.
Jacob did that. He spoke out against against the show. He was regarded by most objective people as the unquestioned "Most Honest Roloff", speaking the truth about the phoniness of the show Little People, Big World.
He slammed the show, vowed to quit it when he could and then moved out of state with his girlfriend Isabel. Appearing to build his own life away from the rest of the Roloffs. Let's face it, the rest of the Roloffs, except Molly, are what most people refer to as "Reality whores". The kind definition for that is that being on a fake and staged reality show is their career. Any side projects they have are all based and stem from their reality show. Zach supposedly works at an Indoor Soccer place, but everyone knows being on LPBW is his career. Jeremy and Audrey say they are "bloggers", but their career is being on LPBW and the blog is to make money off of being on the show. Pay them money to have them preach to you in a devotional about how to have a successful Christian marriage. That's not what is funding their new house. It's their career as Reality TV show whores.
The other aspect about Jacob that separated him from the rest of the Roloffs was that unlike every other Roloff, Jacob came across as being totally honest. You may not have agreed with his opinion, but you couldn't argue that he was saying exactly what he thinks. Whether he was talking about what he thought about religion or atheists his enthusiasm for marijuana use or Donald Trump and his supporters, you generally got the feeling that he was being 100% honest and saying exactly how he felt and didn't hold back. And that totally contradicted a hallmark of the Roloff family - who are famous for speaking about diversity while privately carrying very un-diverse and supporting groups, politicians and organizations who stand against diversity.
Even during the height of Jacob's Roloff family rebellion period he did always stay away from directly naming his family or calling them out (except for his infamous "being fucked out of my money" tweet". But while he would openly question how anyone could support Trump, he would always refrain from calling out brother Jeremy and his wife Audrey when they posted pro-Trump Instagram stories or pro Trump tweets. I could give Jacob a pass for that, he didn't want to go to war with his family over twitter or Instagram. Ok, I understand that.
However, over the last 6 months to a year, anyone who has followed Jacob and his girlfriend Isabel, on social media has noticed a big difference. Jacob stopped with the honest or "controversial" tweets and statements. They started with the Roloff trademark of posting pictures with other Roloffs gushing about how awesome said Roloff is and how blessed they are to have the awesome Roloff in their lives.
Jacob even toned down his once scathing criticism of the show. In Jacob and Isabel's short lived You Tube Channel (they stopped at 4 videos with the most recent being 2 months ago) he said one way to share their lives is through filming on the show and another is through their You Tube channel and he preferred their own channel. He also said he has come to peace with his parents for putting him on the show and with the producers of the show. I was struck by how he made it sound as though the show was ok now although in the past he had previously said it destroys the lives of children and was completely staged and phony.
Apparently that was signally a change in his life and mindset. Jacob and Isabel left their independence in California and moved back to live in Amy's house on the Farm. So much for Jacob's independence and building his own life. They appear to have been living with Amy for the last 3 or 4 months.
Jacob even followed the Roloff family trend of trying to profit off his presence from the show and selling his thoughts to his followers (who most know from the show). He's selling his "Verbing" booklet online and says there are plans for more.
Jacob and Isabel are now smiling in pretty much every Roloff social media post. He once referred to the rest of his family as playing Roloff Characters and fooling the audience into thinking that's actually what they are like. Of course, Jacob always did stop short of placing blame on his family who over the years have insisted that the show is real and raw and what you see is the real them.
Is there any difference now between Jacob and Isabel and Zach and Tori or Jeremy and Audrey? I don't see it.
A low point for me was the last week, Jacob's girlfriend, Isabel, proudly posing with Audrey's "Always More" merchandise and telling people where to go to buy it! Because Roloffs are all about making a profit! And God of course. Even in Isabel's latest round of Instagram stories, she is posting pictures of Jeremy and Jacob arm in arm and full throttle gushing about Jeremy and Audrey, re-posting their post selling something and adding the caption that "these 2 constantly amaze me!" And Jeremy and Audrey are returning the favor!
Jeremy's latest Instgram post is gushing about Jacob!
"Jacob Roloff everybody. We've been in separate states for a good long while so it's been very nice to get some quality time with him again as he's been helping me a lot on our house renovations. Im a DIY kinda guy, so with a little brother and some YouTube, anything is possible. He's a smart dude with a good heart. My mom calls us the bookends, spend 10 minutes with us and you'll know why."
Now if you're like me and you think Jeremy and Audrey are materialistic bigots who are 100% focused on making money and who routinely try to deceive people by hiding their true beliefs if they believe it will hurt their product - Jeremy's endorsement is not a good thing.
Jacob seems to have a job (paid or not, I don't know) working with Mark Watts, Alan Watts' son promoting his work -- I have to wonder what they think of Jacob coming back into the Roloff fold. I'm not sure if helping Jeremy and Audrey sell their right wing Christian products align with someone promoting Alan Watts? Perhaps they want it because if Jacob is back on the show and in the family fold, that means more followers and more followers usually translates into more sales and more money. And that's what everything is about, right?
I think there's a difference between not hating your family because you have different political or social opinions and endorsing them and standing with them. There's a reason why people in the White House and in Government are distancing themselves from Donald Trump right now. If you stand with it and smile, you are complicit and people are going to assume you are ok with it.
Does Jacob's social opinions even differ from his family any more? Jacob's girlfriend Isabel once declared that they stand with the LGBT community. How tall can you possibly standing for them when you're praising Jeremy and Audrey Roloff as awesome people and they said their website was not for gay people because they don't agree with it? It can't be that important to Jacob and Isabel.
What are your thoughts on Jacob's sudden turn back to the Roloff Family? His rebel days are clearly behind him. The days of thinking Jacob would carve out his own path in life away from the Phony and Scripted reality tv show appear to be over. Will anyone be surprised to see Jacob back on the show he once so publicly quit and vowed to never be on again? He's living in the house and has been for a prolonged period of time and he is constantly with all the Roloffs every day.
Is Jacob now as phony as the other Roloffs? Or did he discover that trying to be independent is really damn hard and it's much easier to hitch himself to the Roloff gravy train and live off Mom and Dad Roloff and to hell with principles?
I'm also curious how the Christian Roloff fans who once hated Jacob now feel that Jacob is being praised by the sainted Roloffs, Jeremy and Matt? Has Jacob seen the light of Christ and you're now ready to forgive him for his once antagonistic statements about Christians?