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(RNS) Members of a Hutterite colony in Montana that's the focus of a new National Geographic reality show say the series is a ``distorted and exploitative'' depiction of their life that is not what the producers promised. By Chris Lisee.

12 Comments

  1. CURTIS HOWELL

    I ENJOYED THE SHOW ON THE KING COLONY BUT DID NOT FEEL THAT THEY WERE SHOWN AS 100% ACCURATE.

  2. stick with the colony,follow the rules and love it .you don’t know how lucky you are. The world is a lonely place with lots of rejection for the ugly,poor, and those without a good personality. It’s much better with those who are the oppisite of these things.Really good people are in the minority Theres always some rejection for everybody Enjoy your life and feel lucky

  3. We just love the show, have gotton so many people watching, Think wesly toby and marvin are really cute, and claudia and bertha are also good,

  4. I love this show although it does seem to be a bit contrived and scripted at times. Claudia is the star, of course, and I wish her all the best in her life to come.

  5. I love the show! I hope it continues next year. Claudia is a hoot! I hope she can achieve her dreams.

  6. I’m curious to know why Claudia sounds NOTHING AT ALL like everyone else. With no accent at all, it makes me wonder if she really belongs. She is a thinker and I like that about her.

  7. Thoroughly enjoy the program, wish there were more…I admire the innocence of the colony. I suppose it’s natural for all teenagers to want to explore their options, but I truly hope Claudia gives herself more time before deciding she wants to abandon the Hutterite way of life. It appears Toby understood how to deal with curiosity. Unfortunately, the outside world can hold many temptations for the young at heart and inexperienced…allowed some freedom while maintaining the support at home can be a great educational tool.
    I do wish the show would give some insight into the Hutterite biblical beliefs…KJV? I find it a bit odd that the drinking and cursing are so prominent, but education is frowned upon. I would sincerely (as I’m sure other’s would agree) love to understand the belief system that guides the colony. It’s too bad (since the colony obviously approves of many modern conveniences) that both genders aren’t allowed to obtain higher educations to benefit the colony. Being raised Roman Catholic, I vehemently disagree with fear tactics regarding God The Father! He is a good and just God who loves each of us dearly. I would just like to understand :o)
    God bless the Hutterites~
    2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

  8. Love the show. Very interesting to learn about others and their beliefs and way of life. It’s educational as well as entertaining. I hope the show continues. I can understand why the bishops would not want ‘everything’ out there but it’s real – in every society there are things that are out of line – We understand that and just because someone is doing something that is not according to the “tradition” doesn’t mean that people are so naive to believe that everyone in the colonies does the same thing. Keep the series going.

  9. Elaine Andrews

    I love the Hutterites. I would be interested in more of their religous beliefs. I want to see Marvin get married. Bertha made the statement that when her husband comitted suicide, Claudia went to the psychologist. I find shows like yours give you alot of information about how you are seen. I enjoy learning about social mores. Can we request facebook friends to talk with the colony ?

  10. I HAVE ENJOYED WATCHING THIS SHOW SO MUCH,IT REALLY SHOWS US AS OUTSIDERS HOW HARD THESE FINE PEOPLE WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THEIR LITTLE COLONEY RUN.EACH PERSON HAS THEIR PLACE AND CHORES TO DO TO MAINTAIN THIS..HOW BLESSED YOU ALL ARE TO HAVE THIS COMMUNITY,AND NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD,THAT CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS,JUDGEMENTAL AND VERY COSTLY..ITS TO BAD WE COULDENT BECOME A HUTTERITE,I WOULD GIVE ALL I OWNED TO KNOW I AM IN THE SAFTEY OF MY OWN PEOPLE,WHO TAKE YOU AS YOU ARE AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW THEIR WAYS…I WOULD LOVE TO SEE MORE ON THE ELDERS,AND THE ROLE THEY PLAY INTO ALL OF THIS COLONEY BUSINESS..SURE HOPE THIS SHOW RETURNS,AND IF YOU EVER WANT TO LET AN ENGLISH IN,IM YOUR GAL..THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH ALL OF US..

  11. I am from South Africa, and during August 2009 my wife and myself have been highly honored to be accepted as friends, and to stay over at a Hutterite colony near Great Falls, Montana. Our son finds himself in the USA, and due to previous work obligations, he became friends with some of the colony members near Great Falls. To meet this wonderful people, and having had the opportunity to see how they live, have been one of the most unforgettable experiences of our lifetime. May God bless them all.

  12. I would like to make a comment, I thought the show was very good I enjoyed the show every week,I looked forward to it, I can”t see where it hurt your image, you were hard working people and there is nothing wrong with that ,I was a carpenter for 50 yrs. I am glad to see and meet other people who done there share in building AMERICA , A lot of people lived in a colony when they first came over. my family did a long time ago. Hope you keep it going .PAUL