'Welcome to Plathville': Fans dig up Plath family's tragic past as they question TLC's choice of shows
Welcome to Plathville is set to premiere on November 5 but it looks like fans are doubting the family as they dig out family history.
TLC is known to follow some very unconventional families when it comes to reality television and needless to say, their efforts have fans hooked. Aiming to introduce fans to another unconventional family, TLC has brought in its news series 'Welcome to Plathville'. The show is set to premiere on November 5 and will showcase the life of the Plath family, which includes, parents, Kim and Barry and their nine children.
Their unusual lifestyle is what sets the family apart from others. Living on 55 acres of farmland, the family has managed to find various ways to entertain themselves without the influence of social media or the outside world. However, the family is interacting with the public through its official website where the family's matriarch Kim revealed that in a tragic accident she had killed her 17-month-old son, Joshua.
The incident took place in September 2008 when Kim was pregnant with her eighth child. Kim accidentally ran over Joshua while she was transplanting fruit trees, Kim wrote on the website. "In a panic, I realized what had happened. I ran over our Joshua. I lived the next hour nonstop in my brain for the next 8 months. My husband Barry followed an ambulance home from work that day. Joshua died before he got there. I lived in Hell on earth," she wrote. Kim revealed the struggle she went through in the coming days.
She wrote, "My husband was dealing with losing his son and his wife. I was gone. Checked out. Unavailable for conversations or reality. If someone said Joshua’s name I had to leave the room. I thought of the accusations I would have thrown at Barry if the situation had been reversed. I knew what would have happened if Barry ever said anything like that to me. I was so fragile and had totally lost my will to live."
Kim further added that having faith in God helped her get through her tough time. "I can’t explain it other than: He re-wrote the bad coding in my brain. He took the ruts in my brain that had been running that same movie in my mind and filled them with His Spirit. The movie stopped. I wanted to live again. I was with my family again. I could hear Joshua’s name and I could talk about him again," she wrote.
However, some of the fans questioned the incident as one of the Twitter users pointed out "So @TLC is giving these nutjobs in true TLC fashion their own show. THE WOMAN KILLED ONE OF HER KIDS. Welcome to Plathville I guess. TLC really steering towards cultish people with that creepy #CountingOn family and now," read the tweet.
The user further explained the incident by adding, "Oh yeah. She ran it over on the farm because “she didn’t see it." This is not the only incident that has fans questioning the family. According to the Plath family, they have been away from social media, technology or any other form of distraction.
But surprisingly, the family has a Facebook page, YouTube page, and an official website. Fans even questioned their decision to come on television even though they prefer not using one. "But they choose to do a tv show?? Do they plan on watching? I’m sure they hope others don’t have their same beliefs or the show won’t be a success," wrote one user.
Another added, "So tell me HOW these people are found?!? I would LOVE a show on TLC but apparently being real isn’t good enough..." It seems like the show has raised a lot of red flags among the audience and looking at this, makes us wonder if the first season will survive the test of audience views.
'Welcome to Plathville' premieres on November 5 on TLC.