Viewers tuning into a recent episode of TLC’s new hit show “Breaking Amish” saw the cast discussing Amish men having sex with animals, sparking questions about bestiality and incest in the Amish community.
The conversation during the Oct. 7 episode, “What is Really Happening,” was filmed at a restaurant in New York and involved the entire cast — Rebecca Byler, Abe Schmucker, Jeremiah Raber, Sabrina Burkholder and Katie Stoltzfus.
Leading into the human-on-animal sex discussion, Byler opines that there was a lot of incest within the Amish community. “I feel like where we come from everyone’s incest[uous] honestly,” Byler says. “Like first and second cousins getting married … that’s disgusting.”
Schmucker counters that there are a lot of “good Amish people out there, but there are a lot of perverts too.”
This apparently opens the door to taboo sex acts, as Raber says, “You would be surprised how many Amish married men confess to having sex with animals. You would be surprised.”
Raber later clarifies that not all Amish men are having sex with animals, but adds, “There’s a lot of them.”
Stoltzfus during a one-on-one interview with producers later in the show appears to be the only one at the table offended by the discussion. “I’m not really comfortable talking about things like that and the topic of conversation was just not really what I thought was appropriate,” she says.
A lot of questions have arisen online and in the media about the program’s authenticity. But the frank discussion among the cast caused a stir on-line, as some viewers appeared to accept the opinions as fact, while others found them ludicrous.