• Mon, Jun 3 - 1:05 pm ET

Out Of Every Outrageous Stunt Breaking Amish Has Pulled, Abe’s Mother Is The Most Offensive

Abe's Mother Breaking Amish

Stop Breaking Amish, just stop. I’m used to the way you twist and turn the truth every single week, but continuing to pretend like Abe’s mother is anything except a famehound’s absolutely ridiculous. No, not ridiculous, infuriating. Ever since she first appeared on season one, I had my doubts about her. But now that she’s living in the house with a bunch of ex-Amish adults who are currently in hot water with the Amish community, it’s confirmed. There’s no way she’s as religious as she claims to be in the show.

However let me back up and discuss the episode real fast in case you missed it. And/or got as distracted as I did by the idea that Abe’s mother’s pretending like she’s there for Abe’s salvation — and not for fame. So Jeremiah’s girlfriend’s still there, lingering around and causing trouble. Naturally she gets in a fight with Sabrina and surprisingly Kate gets to play the calm and rational person. But not for long. While out at a dinner post-fight, Rebecca starts drinking alcohol because she’s 21 now. Kate’s all, “ummm it’s pretty two-faced of you to drink alcohol when last year you made such a big deal about me drinking.” Rebecca responds with an apology — rather than an insult thankfully — and Kate has no choice but to pretend she didn’t want to start dramas. She’s like, “totally, let’s put the past in the past and not talk about the fact that no one liked me last season!” At first I felt blindsided by how quickly the drama got averted, then I realized that’s only because they need as much time as possible for Abe’s mother.

She and Katie Ann have finally arrived in Florida and are moving into the house (after getting uncomfortably close to making some extremely racist remarks to strangers). You know, just until Abe figures out that he still wants to be Amish. FOOLPROOF PLAN! While the girls pretend like this is totally normal and cool, Jeremiah throws a temper tantrum. He’s like “I came here to get away from my mother, not get a new mother.” Which makes me sad, because he does seem like the kind of 30-something-old man who would have a love/hate relationship with his mother. Like he’d be cool with her ironing his clothing, but would throw something at her for asking him to pick up his socks or stop watching porn in the living room.

But yeah everyone else acts like this is totally normal behavior for an Amish mother. They even take her and Katie Ann out to drink and dance. Despite the fact that Rumspringa exists in the Amish community, Abe’s mother says she’s never drank or danced before. Sure that’s possible, but I’m pretty skeptical based on everything we know about Rumspringa. Also this entire plot makes no sense considering that she’s extremely concerned about getting shunned by her community — hypothetically the only community she has — yet takes her daughter and herself to live with heathens. As we’ve discussed before, it seems like the best way not to get shunned is to not do everything you’re not allowed to do ON CAMERA. Then again, what do I know? I sided with Jeremiah on this issue and that makes me cringe more than anything else.

(Photo: DCL, TLC)

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  • Alexis Rhiannon

    Jenni, I feel like this show is hurting you.

  • imani1962

    Abe’s mother is cool in a Amish sort of way. Initially her intentions were to bring Abe back into the Amish community. That attempt on her part brought the wrath of the intolerant Amish community down upon her. She herself became a target and was consequently shunned. As a result of Abe’s ostracization from the Amish she would no longer be able to have contact with Abe or her granddaughter. So what is a mother to do?

    She seems to be a sweet person who loves her children very much. I doubt that she wanted to be famous, it just happened that way.

    As a person of color I did not find her “racial” remark at all offensive. The Amish do not have contact with the outside world. And those contacts they have are usually with white people who come to Lancaster or various Farmers markets to purchase food.

    She did not want to offend the two black women in the restaurant. So she very respectfully asked them how should she refer to them or other people of color. I found it to be hilarious when they said they were African American, and she followed up with, “are you from Africa?” The Amish have no history of enslavement of black people. They have no connection with the KKK, Nazi’s or Aryan nation. They never participated in segregation. They never fought on the side of the South during the civil war. People ask foreigners all the time about their culture. When you don’t know you ask. That is not being racist. And Abe’s mom was very comfortable in talking with the two black women, unlike most other white people. She even gave the high five.

    Jeremiah was verbally abusive to Abe’s mother. He is a disgrace to the Amish community. He is emotionally and verbally abusive to all women. And he is a coward when it comes to standing up to a man. Sabrina needs to take a crash course in self esteem. The way she allows herself to be degraded is sickening to watch.

    It will be interesting to find out how bringing Abe’s family into the show will change the dynamic of the show.

    • Erin

      Great post :)

  • Gaby

    So Mary, how about sharing the pattern for that beautiful afghan you are crocheting. Lots of us would like to make one like it.

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  • Erin

    I love Abe’s mom & sweet Katie Ann. The rest of them are horrible especially Rebecca. She is major trash & is so extremely jealous of Kate who at least actually has a job & is really the only mature one out of the bunch!!!

  • Dorreen Noyes

    I love Abe’s mom Mary she is the coolest mom in the whole world. “YOU ROCK MAMA MARY”

  • Katy

    Having grown up in proximity to many Amish communities, this show rings ricidulously false and contrived. Unbelievably fake.