I’m not a big television watcher but caught wind of the latest appearance of our friends the Amish in the media, this time propping up the plot of a CBS show called Cold Case.

Admittedly, being involved in another task at the time I could spare just one ear and one eye on the show, but what I saw and heard seemed pretty dodgy…

…from nitpicky stuff like the hairstyles being wrong to an undertone of ‘these Amish are pretty far out there’–ie, one Amish girl commenting early on that pulling teeth is how ‘our dentist’ deals with cavities, to the obligatory ’18th century kids in a 21st century world’ comment, to the smug cop asking the Rumspringa-age Amish boy if he even knew where Cuba was, as if he were just a backwater hick with no education whatsoever, or at least not the ‘right type’ of education as the show’s perpetrators may see it…

The Amish as a repressed, backwards people makes for a pretty weary storyline, but what the heck!  Let’s wheel it out once again.  Should get the viewers, since we’ve cleverly timed it for the same week as the Nickel Mines massacre anniversary.  Throw in a dash of Rumspringa for good measure and we can’t lose.

Well, a bit of a rant, but what should I expect from Les Moonves and Viacom, the folks that brought us Amish in the City?

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