HARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett and other Pennsylvania politicians have signed a statement calling on the Discovery Channel to drop "Amish Mafia."
The statement says that "Amish Mafia" is a "bigoted portrayal" of the religious sect and misrepresents the Amish in Lancaster County as a "crime-ridden culture." It says production of the show should end.
Pennlive.com reports the statement was also signed by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, two congressman, two state senators, several state representatives and Lancaster's mayor.
The show purports to follow a group of Amish men who enforce law and order within the community. Questions have persisted about whether it is real or scripted.
Discovery spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg declined comment on the letter. She has said previously the characters on the show are, in fact, real-life Amish.