Vanilla Ice Goes Amish

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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?

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The Discussion


  1. I just may. I watched him with a show on HGTV where he took a home, sans walls, flooring etc and used reclaimed wood for walls, reclaimed windows and it was amazing. Evidently he has a talent using his hands for carpentry. I’m glad to see he took his piercings out for them.

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  2. Arlene Morr says:


    I can’t get DYI on my TV so won’t be watching, but you hit the nail on the head…money and notoriety make a difference !!!! Most Amish wouldn’t let themselves be pictured…interesting to see where in Ohio this is….

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  3. Christine says:


    I’m with you Kevin. These so called “celebrities” are so off everyone’s minds that they will do anything to get themselves back in a spotlight. I really doubt that any of these “Amish” folks they film with are really Amish or so very, very loosely connected to Amish culture that they too are just exploiting the culture for fame and money. Sad really, now its “in” to be Amish. The only Amish tv I ever enjoy are real documentary shows that tell about Amish culture, not any staged, scripted reality junk.

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  4. I might watch it once, out of curiosity. He has a house renovation show where he buys homes in Florida, fixes them up with his crew, and resells the homes. I’d like to see if he works on any building projects in an Amish community. He’s definitely not plain. I hope, though, that he’s respective of the culture and doesn’t make fun of it like some people do.

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  5. The “Amish” man in the photo looks like no Amish I have ever seen. I would guess Mennonite.
    Tom

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    • I agree Tom, a different sort of look…I’d say probably not Mennonite because of the beard….but maybe Beachy Amish Mennonite?

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  6. I have no idea what show you are referring to. That is probably because I watch little if no T.V. Amish Mafia, Breaking Amish, etc. sickened me.
    This is Hollywood for you.To a person who knows nothing about the Amish, I guess they would not know the difference .Sense they cant seem to get it right. I personally wish they would just leave them alone. Yip it’s all about money.

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  7. kentuckylady717 says:


    I agree he does not look Amish at all….I have never seen an Amish were that kind of vest !…And his shirt and pants did not really look home made….
    I probably will watch it the first time, but may not continue…..I did not watch Amish Mafia at all…..but I did watch breaking Amish and I was disappointed in it…..
    But the first Amish reality show they had, I did watch it and it was a pretty good show….loved Claudia and her mom in the show…..I hope they will have a follow up to that one…..

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