Last month at the close of sister network TLC’s Breaking Amish, a contrived reality show spreading falsehoods about several Amish and Mennonite pretending to leave their communities for the first time, Discovery Channel announced their own show that would contrive falsehoods about Amish and Mennonite in the same area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania entitled Amish Mafia.
TLC lied about the authenticity of its Amish show, initially, only to be beaten back by fans who exposed its inaccuracies. TLC eventually admitted that the show was not all it seemed. Whereas Discovery were completely honest about its show, Amish Mafia. Admitting in its exclusive press release to the New York Post that “scenes are re-enacted to protect identities.” As in, scenes have been scripted and acted and what you’re seeing isn’t real. Something parroted for those who missed it, during the season one premiere earlier this week. Admitting scenes are fake, one disclaimer says: “To protect participants and their family members, some identifying information and property has been changed.”
Moreover, “Recreations are based on eyewitness accounts.” No fact, not legally documented record, hearsay.
Admitting there is no Amish Mafia, they continue “… and the legends of the Amish Mafia.” Discovery admittedly don’t even know whether the Amish Mafia exists, producers (probably) went to little effort to establish the truth, they simply contrived a show out of rumour, conjecture, and folklore.