Welcome to Plathville star Micah Plath talked about what he claims is real and what is fake about the family’s rules on the popular TLC show. Viewers felt conflicted about the show because of all of the inconsistencies. Nineteen year old Micah speaks out and gives his version.
Welcome to Plathville: Sheltered Lifestyle
The Welcome to Plathville parents raised their nine kids in rural Georgia on a small farm. Barry Plath and wife Kim wanted to shelter their children from the dangers of the real world. They restricted access to TV, radio, video games, and the internet.
Welcome to Plathville mom Kim Plath also home schooled the children. And they weren’t allowed to have any sugar or sweets, other than honey and maple syrup. Barry and wife Kim Plath wanted their kids to have morals and values. And didn’t want them to make the same mistakes they made in their teens and twenties.
Over the course of the series, viewers witnessed the older siblings act out. It seemed that some of them were sick of the lifestyle. The eldest son, Ethan Plath, got married and moved out. He and his wife, Olivia, started to branch out. And they encouraged some of the younger siblings, Micah Plath and Moriah, to try new things. Fans of Welcome to Plathville loved to see them drink soda for the first time. Or watch them experience a big city, which expanded Moriah’s view of the world.
Inconsistencies Abound on the TLC Reality Show
Not long after the first season aired, critics began to comment on all the inconsistencies present in Welcome to Plathville.
Micah Plath came out and is telling his side on the Taste of Reality Podcast with Kirsty Moore. According to Micah, TLC found the family because they were in a Christian band that had a website and music videos. Micah said that his parents did not seek out the network. But that they were the ones that originally wanted to do it. The kids had to be convinced.
Viewers posted questions about Moriah’s cellphone, Isaac’s video games, and Micah’s modeling career. They pointed out that these things all went against the Plath family’s tech ban. So critics wanted to know what was really going on. Micah said that both he and Moriah just started to gain their freedom and independence before the show filmed. And that that is what happened in the beginning of Welcome to Plathville. Moriah just got her cellphone that fans saw in the series. And Micah got his first interview and job as a model.
Micah Plath also explained that Isaac does not have a video game system. He has a flight simulator because he wanted to be a pilot. And that it is not hooked up to the internet, nor does it have any other function. Plus, Micah said that Isaac bought the system recently. And that the network filmed the purchase for one of the future Welcome to Plathville episodes. So, the portrayal of the family’s restrictions was just supposed to give the audience background on how the kids had been raised.
Micah Plath Moved Out
Since Welcome to Plathville ended for the summer, Micah Plath has moved out of the household with his sister Moriah. The two rented a house together and have moved on with their lives. Micah had to put his modeling career on hold because of the pandemic. But, with precautions in place, Micah recently started back up and had another photo shoot. Micah wanted a different lifestyle than the one his parents, Kim and Barry Plath, created for him. Micah said that he felt happy and free now.
But, Micah said that he believed his parents have started to change. They didn’t want to do a second season of Welcome to Plathville because of all the backlash. Micah said that the kids talked them into it this time. In one episode, Micah and Moriah confronted their parents about their upbringing. And told Kim and husband Barry that they wish they had prepared them better for the real world. Micah Plath said that his parents took that conversation to heart. And that he believed they would try harder with the younger siblings.
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