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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?