The Amish youth are running wild, and the cameras of TLC are there to capture it! The reality show, Breaking Amish, features youths who are leaving their Amish roots, breaking ties with their secluded communities, and venturing forth into the wide world of sin, excess, and electricity. The drama is real. Those who leave the Amish way of life are excommunicated from their families and those they have known all their lives.
The trailer features young Amish adults as they enter the big city and commit such heinous acts as staying in hotels, flipping light switches on-and-off, wearing bikinis, getting tattoos, and (gasp!) – having pillow fights. In one scene, an Amish mother enters Satan’s den – A.K.A. The Holiday Inn – determined to convince her son to return to his Amish roots. Will he turn in his Gameboy and head back to the farm – or will he stay in the city and buy a pair of those shoes that light up when you walk? The only way to find out is by tuning in to TLC’s Breaking Amish!
The trailer for Breaking Amish is underscored by the song Carry On, by the popular band Fun. Fun are no strangers to success. Their recent hit We Are Young was the first alternative single to reach #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, and was seen all over television, including episodes of Gossip Girl, 90210, Glee, Chuck, and commercials for Chevy and the trailer for Judd Apatow’s This is 40. Their song Carry On continues their commercial success and is quite apt to underscore the journey that these sheltered young adults are going through.
The lyrics to this song are a fitting set of words to capture the nostalgic loneliness and heartbreaking finality that comes with leaving everything you’ve ever known behind. The chorus states:
“If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
The verses also act as an apt metaphor for the bittersweet solitude that must be experienced as these explorers ponder their choice to walk away from it all. Here is a sample:
“But I like to think
I can cheat it all
To make up for the times I’ve been cheated on
And it’s nice to know
When I was left for dead
I was found and now I don’t roam these streets
I am not the ghost you want of me.”
Indeed. Carry on, young adventurers. Carry on.
Breaking Amish can be seen on TLC on Sundays at 10pm eastern time. Fun is currently nominated for a 2012 MTV Video Music Award in the “Best New Artist” category. You can find out more about them at their website: www.ournameisfun.com.