Late last month, Amy Roloff made the astute observation that social media is not real.
Many users out there pretend to be happy by sharing photos of them smiling or traveling or doing something cool when, in reality, these folks are living very regular lives or, sometimes, very unhappy lives.
Now, meanwhile, the long-time reality star has made headlines for saying something else is not real…
… Little People, Big World itself!
Amy has starred on the TLC program since the very beginning.
It features her, ex-husband Matt and now, after son Jeremy left the series last summer, daughter-in-law Tori and another son, Zach.
For the most part, Little People, Big World has been a huge success not because it depicts a great deal of drama between these Roloffs — but because it simply gives viewers an inside look at a cute family that seems to love each other a lot.
But this isn’t always the case.
And Amy just cited an example of when producers edited footage to make it appear as if something scandalous was afoot… when everything was actually just fine and dandy.
On the most recent season, cameras followed Amy during a vacation she took with boyfriend Chris Marek.
"I’m definitely enjoying the trip, but we did get into an argument," Amy said at one point on this episode, adding:
"When we were having dinner, he just left, and he was gone for a long time, and I was left by myself. I had no idea where he was, what we was doing… Ugh, I was so mad at him."
Fast forward to yesterday and the pictures – above and below – that Amy shared from a motorcycle ride she recently took with Marek, her serious boyfriend of about three years.
When one fan asked: “Did he leave you alone in a restaurant again?” Amy replied:
“No, and it’s amazing what editing can make a story into.”
This may not seem like a huge deal, but you almost never hear of a cast member flat-out admitting that the very show on which she stars is, essentially, fake.
We can’t help but wonder how TLC executives are reacting to this quote.
Not that it’s the first time such a thing has happened.
Back in July of 2016, Jacob Roloff walked away from Little People, Big World, trashing his family members and also this same sort of editing in the process.
"For the sake of ‘the episode’ and ratings I’ve seen a lot of STORYLINES drawn up (loosely) about our lives," Jacob confessed at the time, adding in even more accusatory detail:
"And when I was standing here, behind the scenes and watching it from an outside perspective I just couldn’t stop laughing. Laughing at how hard the producers have to try to get us to follow the talking points, and at how ridiculous the talking points are."
He even added:
"The family that is filmed is not my famil. They are the Roloff Characters and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself."
Jacob has since made up with his loved ones, although he never really took back these remarks and no longer appears on the show.
As for Amy?
She’s been throwing unexpected haymakers all over the place these days!
In a section of her new memoir, for example, Amy says Matt cheated on her with current girlfriend Caryn Chandler.
"Matt and our farm manager, who had been working for us a number of years by then, seemed to have more than just a working relationship or friendship,” Roloff writes in this biography, adding in one charged chapter:
“I saw messages, pictures, and other things that should not have been shared between people who just worked together and were still married to other people.
"I was devastated."
Between this passage and Amy’s comment about how the series is edited… we’re suddenly more excited than ever for the new season of Little People, Big World.