According to local Amish experts, this so-called Amish Mafia depicted on the Discovery Channel’s ”Amish Mafia” is “about as real as the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company in ‘The Office.’”
The reality show, which debuted on December 12th, depicts a roving gang of Amish enforcers who “protect” their fellow kind by way of cash handouts drawn from something called The Amish Fund. It turns out The Amish Fund actually exists and is meant to assist financially struggling Amish folk, but scenes in which John and Alvin intimidate an Amish man who sexually threatened a poor Amish widow…well, they’re likely fabricated.
Donald Kraybill, a professor at Elizabethtown College, has been studying the Amish for over 20 years, and his contention that the show is utter fiction was echoed by his presumably trustworthy contacts in the Amish community, “When I’ve spoken about this program with Amish friends they’ve just kind of laughed and said they never heard of this kind of thing”.
To be fair, that’s exactly what the Amish Mafia would want us to think…
Of course, there is also a small line in the shows’ credits, which reads, “Recreations are based on eye witness accounts, testimonials and the legend of the Amish mafia.”
So there you have it, “Amish Mafia” is based on the well-documented findings of “legends” and, therefore, completely fake. Did we really even have to post this, guys?
Source: Penn Live