In this day and age, it can be hard to fathom that there are still people homesteading, living off the labors of their land, and leading a truly pioneering lifestyle. But if the Discovery Channel is to be believed, Alaskan Bush People are doing these things and doing them well. There's just one problem: plenty of evidence suggests that Alaskan Bush People is fake.
Over the course of the show's seven seasons, rumors of the truth about Alaskan Bush People have slowly leaked. Sources range from people who work on the series to Alaska locals who know the Brown family, and some of the information comes directly from public records. Wherever it originates, there is more than a little support for the idea that Alaskan Bush People behind the scenes is quite different from how it comes off in front of the camera. And if it's staged, it may actually be one of the weirdest reality shows on televison.
So, is Alaskan Bush People fake? Read on below to learn more about Ami Brown, Bam Bam and the rest of the cast and show to decide for yourself.
They May Not Live That Far From Civilization
On the show, it looks as if the Browns live miles--days, even--from any other signs of civilization. In reality, they may have next-door neighbors and only be a short drive from town. Oldest Brown son Matt was arrested "after a long night of partying and sex" when he fled the scene of an accident caused while he was driving drunk…in Juneau, one of Alaska's biggest cities. Compared to other urban centers, Juneau (pop. 33,853) may not be very large.
But it certainly sets up a different scene for "the bush people." Where exactly the Browns live in relation to Juneau isn't entirely clear. Also, in 2014 the Browns fled after hearing gunshots on their land. The shots later turned out to be fireworks…coming from their neighbor. Just how close are these neighbors?
They Stay In Luxury When The Cameras Are Off
To hear the Browns tell it, they've been subsisting off the Alaskan frontier for three decades. That might be a small stretch of the truth; really, that might be a big fat lie. Locals insist the Browns are spending their time at the Icy Strait Lodge--a resort in Hoonah, Alaska--when the show isn't filming.
Members of the show's crew have also been spotted at the lodge, leading many to think the Brown's Alaskan adventures are really just a drama cooked up by the folks at Discovery.
They Didn't Build Their Cabin Themselves
While the Browns were partying it up in Hoonah, locals were building their cabin. Or so some sources claim, anyway. The show gives the distinct impression that the Browns are hardcore, old-school, back-to-the-land types who have no issues killing their dinner or building their house from the ground up.
But like so many other aspects of Alaskan Bush People, this impression is suspect.
Some Of The Participants Are Actors
In one episode, Noah had a date with a young woman he said he met when he was visiting the lower 48. She was a beauty named Karynna, and while there were no wedding bells imminent between the two, the encounter was supposed to be a sweet interlude among all the things the Browns supposedly need to do just to scrape by in the bush.
But Karynna is not some rando Noah bumped into. She's Karynna Kauffman: an actress. Which casts further doubt on just how real Alaskan Bush People really is.