Is anyone watching this show? When I first heard about it a few months ago, I thought I wouldn't watch it. But with the press about the controversy, I thought I'd give it a shot.
IMHO, I don't think the show is disrespectful to the Amish. If anything, the 'City Kids' are the ones who come off looking like idiots. <note: it's kind of funny calling all of them 'kids' since they are in their early 20s>
So, there are 6 'City Kids' who run the gamut of stereotypes (the black kid, the gay kid, the jock, etc.) and 5 Amish 'Kids' who are in the midst of 'Rumspringa' - a period of time in which they can leave the Amish life and live in the 'regular' world. They live in a house in the Hollywood Hills.
The one I can't stand is Ariel. She's a vegan. Don't get me wrong - a very good friend of mine is a vegan, but she doesn't force her beliefs on me. Ariel was put in charge of buying groceries for the house. Two of the Amish - Mose and Miriam - went with Ariel. It was amazing to watch Mose and Miriam go through the produce section and watch their reactions to the fruits and vegetables they had never seen such as papaya, avocado, coconuts, and artichokes. They get to the dairy section and Mose remembers that some of the housemates want yogurt. But Ariel proceeds to get soy yogurt which 'isn't good either, but better than the other stuff'. Then Mose says some of the housemates wanted eggs. Ariel proceeds to say 'those are chicken abortions'. In another conversation, she says that eating animal stuff puts angry stuff inside of us and that's why it's not good, calls milk 'cow pus', and says that cows are from outer space!!!!
I hope there are others watching.