An Amish horse and buggy is seen in Lancaster, Pa. Credit: Getty Images
Amish Mafia, the hilarious reality show that depicts a version of Amish life, which features characters such as Levi, Alvin and Merlin as they manage life, commit crimes and avoid shunning by the community, has sparked the ire of Pennsylvania politicians.
The letter, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett and 17 other politicians, calls Amish Mafia a "bigoted portrayal of the Amish community in Lancaster County.
"These shows vilify the Amish religious way of life, suggesting that a peaceful people devoted to non-violence are vengeful, violent and criminal," the letter states. "It cast the Amish people of Lancaster County as motivated by greed, selfishness and violence rather than a people who believe in hard work, self-reliance and kindness to neighbors."
The letter follows the formation of a local group called Respect Amish, started by filmmaker Mary Haverstick.
At least one cast member of Amish Mafia is not bothered by complaints voiced by Haverstick that Amish Mafia that the show is insensitive.
Alan Beiler called it a "free advertisement" on his Facebook page.
Alan Beiler reacts to anti-Amish Mafia criticisms. Credit: Facebook
Reports say Amish Mafia has not yet been renewed for Season 4 and that production has been delayed since Feb. 26, when the cast reportedly revolted against production.