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I wrote a post about shows I watch not too long ago and I mentioned a show called Alaskan Bush People. This show is basically about a big family (husband, wife, 7 kids) who live in the the Alaskan wilderness. They go through all kinds of trials. They recently the built their own home and started a hauling business. The really great thing about this family is that they all seem so attached to the idea of family and doing the right thing.

Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild. Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children – 5 boys and 2 girls – are so far removed from civilization that they often go six to nine months of the year without seeing an outsider. They’ve developed their own accent and dialect, refer to themselves as a “wolf pack,” and at night, all nine sleep together in a one-room cabin. Simply put, they are unlike any other family in America..


This week the Dad and the second oldest son were charged with 30 days of jail time and fined over $7000 in restitution to the state of Alaska for collecting money for living there when they were actually living in other states. They plead guilty to collecting money between 2009-2012 from the state of Alaska, when they were actually living in Colorado or Texas at the time. Wait, WHAT?

I thought they were raised and live in the wilds of Alaska. That was their big claim to fame. I might having a hard time sorting out my feeling about this. Oh wait! No I don’t.

My first thought when I heard this was not outrage that the stole from the state of Alaska, or that they may not actually be who they portray themselves to be. No. My first thought was “I hope they don’t cancel the show!” Am I shallow or what?

Here is my view on tv personalities and musicians. They are entertainers! There is nothing saying that they have a better moral compass than the average person. In fact, chances are that they have less of one. So I at not at all surprised to find this God-fearing family in legal trouble. They are only human, after all. Actually, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to me. No one in that family has much money. They don’t have advanced degrees or skills that allow them to support themselves. Living off the land might have been their only option. Some of what they do takes money. As happy as they are about the barter system, I doubt they pay much in taxes.

I know a lot of people are upset about this revelation, but personally I don’t care. I don’t care what these people do off camera, well as long as they aren’t hurting people. It’s just money, right? I don’t care when celebs get divorced and/or cheat on their spouses. I don’t let who they are voting for influence my decisions. I don’t care what they are wearing or what they think is cool, (chances are they were paid to endorse it anyways).

I just don’t care enough about other people to care what they do. I feel like how they live is none of my business. The part that they put on tv, that is there for me to watch and enjoy or judge and ignore if I choose to. I won’t stop watching a show I like even though the stars may be criminals. I don’t think that makes me a bad person.

What say you? Would you stop watching a show if you found out the stars were criminals?


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  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    January 14, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I’m right there with you on this one. The only difference is when someone really puts themselves out there to be a role model and then just absolutely aren’t. Like the whole Brittany Spears “I’m a virgin” thing when she was in fact doing Justin Timberlake years ago. It’s not so much what she was doing but what she was saying that had me rolling my eyes but then I wasn’t a big Spears fan anyway. Other than that I don’t care do as you please and as long as you’re not sacrificing kittens or something like that and you keep me entertained I’m good! I hope they keep the show around and you continue to enjoy it!
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    • Karen Blue
      January 14, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Oh no! I love Brittany Spears. She’s my guilty pleasure. I am so relieved someone agrees with me.

  2. Tressa @ Wishful Endings
    January 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I think it depends on what the situation is. I’m not a celeb junky at all and I really don’t do reality shows. I’m not into lots of drama, especially when it’s just for show. Well, even when it’s not for show. I also have little impressionable kids, so I think my outlook would be a little different. I’m more like Katherine up there – that whatever you present and say, you should back, so I have issues with people not just being honest or not falling through on commitments. If they’re not happy in a marriage they shouldn’t cheat, they should get divorced first. If they’re going to do or be something I think they should just own up to it and not do or say or promise something if they know they aren’t going to follow through. Would it affect me watching a show? I think it still depends on the show and the situation.
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  3. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    January 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I overlook a lot about people for the sake of entertainment. I mean if I like a show I will still watch. They would have had to do something REALLY bad. We watch that show too btw!
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    • Karen Blue
      January 14, 2016 at 5:46 pm - Reply

      Do you think Discovery will cancel it? I hope not. I agree it totally depends on what the situation is, in this situation I have no problems overlooking it.

  4. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction January 14, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Ha!! This made me laugh so much – I totally thought you were going to say you were evil for being really upset with them for faking life in Alaska. Honestly, when you watch those types of shows you can totally tell that they’re scripted and that half the “conflicts” are made up or blown way out of proportion for the purposes of the show. But they’re entertaining anyway. Now, I do like to feel like there’s SOME semblance of reality to these types of shows or I just get irritated when I watch them – so this might bug me too much. Not sure. 🙂
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    • Karen Blue
      January 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Some you can totally tell about, but this show looked like the genuine article to me. I feel silly.

  5. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight
    January 16, 2016 at 2:10 am - Reply

    I am with you, most of the time. I mean, I don’t really care if the people in Faking Amish weren’t really Amish at all anymore. Whatever. If they’re good enough at faking it, it’s good enough for me. I also don’t care what a celebrity does in his or her personal life unless it is like, SUPER awful. (The Duggars come to mind- I will NEVER be okay with that, so no, they should NOT profit from being in the spotlight anymore. There’s a line, and they’ve crossed it.) But some dude has an affair? Unless he is cheating on me, how exactly is it my problem? I feel you, Karen. Plus, it’s just taxes! They aren’t the first and certainly won’t be the last to try to screw over the IRS unsuccessfully 😉
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    • Karen Blue
      January 16, 2016 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      I didn’t even think about the Duggars, that was pretty terrible. I didn’t think it was all of them, was it. It might have been entertaining to see them try to recover from that. I mean, they aren’t the only family in the world to discover a monster among them.

  6. Eva @ All Books Considered January 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    It depends on the crime — I’m sorry but I’m not going to watch a show where the people were charged with possession of child pornography, sexual assault, molestation, etc. I don’t watch reality tv in general and don’t own a tv but I think that would be my bright line rule. I agree that this Alaska issue isn’t the worst but there are a lot of other hypocrites in the entertainment industry.
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    • Karen Blue
      January 17, 2016 at 8:13 am - Reply

      I totally agree. I didn’t even think of those kinds of things when I wrote this. Of course, if they had committed something like that I would not watch. I do not endorse that type of stuff. Thanks for chiming in.

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