CAPTION: An Amish man and Vanilla Ice in this PR photo from the DIY Network. The shot is from the upcoming show “Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.”
SIGH, silly season continues on TV. The Amish and “reality TV” are obviously an interesting topic for me because I spent six months working on just such a project. If you haven’t read my mini-ebook about the topic, click here.
I hope I don’t sound bitter because I’m not, I’m just sort of stating a reality of reality: it’s far easier to get something done in this genre if you are an established celebrity who can effortlessly waltz in and make things happen. In musical terms, Vanilla Ice isn’t exactly Billy Joel or the Beatles, he’s sort of a third-tier celebrity. Remember his cheesy rap music of the 90s: Ice, Ice, Baby? But, still, when you have the resources and muscle behind you, things can fall into place. Having just been through reams of research trying to get just this type of show done I’m intensely curious about where in Ohio exactly they found a place to agree to have this show happen. That, to me, will be the most interesting part, although I have my doubts they’ll ever tell (although I have a few ideas). Not that it matters (it really doesn’t, I find Beachy Amish Mennonite culture, New Old Amish, Swartzentruber, all equally interesting), but I have my doubts that this was done in a conservative community. Here is more information about the show, the network is being very sparse with details. That lack of detail makes me, and my own experiences in this area, leave me with many questions and justified doubts about the veracity of this whole program.
So, will you be watching Vanilla Ice Goes Amish?