The Alaskan Bush People stars are haunted by rumors and accusations that the reality TV hit is not reality after all but that Alaskan Bush People are in fact fake. The Brown family—patriarch Billy Brown, matriarch Ami Brown, and their kids, including Joshua “Bam Bam” Brown, Gabe Brown, Snowbird Brown, Matt Brown, and Rain Brown, are on their ninth season and have quite a following hanging on their every salt-of-the-earth moment.
They’re Not From Alaska
For a show with Alaska in its title, it is peculiar that the Brown clan is said to be not actually from the titular locale. One would think that the family could trace their Alaskan lineage back generations, but that appears not the case. Billy is actually from Texas, where he was born into quite a bit of money. Ami and Billy moved to Alaska in the ’80s and have lived there pretty much since. Billy wrote an autobiography about his Alaskan experience (One Wave at a Time) and sought to make it into a documentary, which ultimately became Alaskan Bush People.
Burned Cabin Alternative Facts
Early on in the show Billy claimed that the government burned down his family’s cabin, which he supposedly built by hand, because it was on state land. He never could prove this, but the topic reverberated throughout the first four episodes of the show. As facts failed to support his claim, the Brown patriarch quietly altered his story; “My cabin burned, and I wasn’t home. That’s all I can say.”