Of all shows, I would not have thought American Colony: Meet the Huetterites would be a fake show, but it is quite clear, that at the very least, they use reenactments. this past weeks show convinces me that this show is all about reenactments and perhaps the so called Hutterites in the show are not really Hutterites but just actors.
First, this past week's show, it had 2 fight scenes, including one that was in school. A cameraman just happened to be at the fight but yet no teachers or staff? Come on. Besides, the fighting looked more fake than WWE wrestling matches.
Then you have the deer jerky run competition in which 1 Hutterite sabotaged another's jerky by supposedly putting air freshener on the guy's jerky when it was baking in the oven. Except the air freshener came from the spice cabinet and looked awfully looked like Pam, the cooking spray. And then the victim of the so called sabotaged threw away his jerky and then make a new batch. Well, you just don't throw jerky in the over and bake it. It has to go through a marinading process and then you have to dry the jerky. It takes about 1-2 days to make jerky, a lot shorter than what the show showed.
In another scene, when a girl was acting as a server, it showed that she fell down while delivering food. Well, if you put it in slow motion (thank goodness for DVR) you can tell this was a complete fake fall. She put the serving tray down first and then fell down, all smiling. Further, why isn't she wearing a uniform or a nametag?
Another fake scene- the kid in the show shoots and kills a deer. They go down to get the deer with their guns but when they bring the deer up and through the river and up hills, the uns disappear. Then when they get home from hunting, in their ATV, they didn't have their guns with them. WTF?
Several other problems with the show. the fake accents the people of the Colony use. It seems like they picked the people with the stupidest accents for the show and the accents go from Swedish to German accents. These people didn't come to from Germany, they were all born in the U.S. and supposedly, they speak ?English on the farm. So why do they have such thick accents?
Also, there is a lack of religous symbols in the homes and the cafeteria/kitchen in the Colony. You never see them pray and they swear a lot. Hardly, Hutterite behavior, especially by the young kids. Finally, the lack of respect by the young kids to the elders would never be tolerated.
But here is an expert view on the show: I’m not opposed to documentarians doing insightful exposes. There are
dysfunctional colonies and Amish and Mennonite communities with colorful
behavior that embarrasses their parent bodies. In a sense they are
fair game to secular documentarians and their audience. But this
tightly edited series is something else. Characters obviously quote
teleprompter-type lines written for them, which are then edited in
between takes when they are speaking extemporaneously. Scripted scenes
are juiced with a music track. Obviously imposed plots that would be
laughed out of court by most Hutterites include episodes such as a
“jerky contest,” girls riding off while the colony boss can’t stop them,
or a waitress taking a scripted pratfall, etc., etc. Some interchanges
make even the rehearsed “actors” smile wryly. If only the quality of
the camera work were matched with subtlety of spiritual insight.
This blog, Hutteriian Bretheran, is an excellent blog about the true Hutterites and their beliefs. The only thingI would differ from them is that I think these are actors poorly imitating Hutterites and they are using stock footage of their farm, though I may b wrong on this one.
In the end, American Colony: Meet The Hutterites is a fake show, joining other fake shows like Operation Repo, South Beach Tow, Hard Core Pawn, Pawn Stars and many others in which they insinuate that the scenes are real, but at best, they are cheap reenactments.
Just watching the show again. When the kids got their deer, and when they came up to the deer- they supposedly found it, correct? Wrong, because the deer was already gutted before the kids found the deer. Must have been one of those self gutting deer.