Despite the Discovery Channel's attempt to make viewers of “Amish Mafia” believe the so-called reality show is real, more proof keeps surfacing that “Amish Mafia” is fake. Your News Now reported on Jan. 9 even more proof “Amish Mafia” is fake.
Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam and an Amish researcher offered the proof that “Amish Mafia” is fake. She explained that someone being called Amish who is not a member of the Amish church is not done within the Amish community. She also states that anyone who was baptized Amish and acted the way the “Amish Mafia” cast acts, would be out of the church.
Despite the many fallacies of “Amish Mafia,” there is some truth mingled into the show. Karen Johnson-Weiner points out that, just like with young people anywhere, Amish teenagers do act out. There are “wild parties,” underage drinking and buggy races, just as “Amish Mafia” shows. Because the teens aren't baptized in the Amish church yet, these acts frowned upon, but they aren't shunned.
Although the Amish do not have or use televisions, they are aware of “Amish Mafia,” “Breaking Amish” and other ways their way of life is negatively depicted in the “English world.” A letter written by Sam Stoltzfus to the Intelligencer Journal conveys that. He explains that the characters are not Amish and is causing the Amish community “grief.”
At the time of publication, it was unknown Sam Stoltzfus is related to Kate Stoltzfus, one of the stars of “Breaking Amish.” It has also been reported that Levi Lebannon's last name is also Stoltzfus. It is not known if he is related to Kate from “Breaking Amish” or the author of the letter.
Adding fuel to the rumors that “Amish Mafia” is fake, it has been established that “Amish Mafia” is linked to “Breaking Amish.” Shannon Evangelista, a producer for “Amish Mafia” was also a producer for “Breaking Amish.” Alan Bieler, known as the “Black Amish” on “Amish Mafia” is a talent manager. A photo of Sabrina High, who starred in “Breaking Amish” and “Amish at the Alter,” appeared on his Facebook page. That Facebook page was removed once the links between Alam Bieler, “Amish Mafia” and “Breaking Amish” had been established.