Matt Brown, the oldest son of the “Alaskan Bush People” family, captured the hearts of many fans of the reality television show after sharing his struggles with alcohol. In contrast to other show business stars, Matt openly revealedhis problems with drinking and his determination to deal with his challenge. Fans from around the world have expressed their support and understanding of Matt. Many fans of “Alaskan Bush People” and Matt Brown have even shared that they also endured the trials of dealing with alcohol.

Where in the world is Matt Brown?

Despite Matt’s partial absence during the show’s last season, fans of the Brown family have not moved on but are more than anxious to find out where Matt is and how he is doing. As the picture below shows, Matt was spotted this week by a fan in a store in Juneau, Alaska. The fan shared that he was grocery shopping when he ran into the oldest son of the Brown family.

Matt, who is apparently well aware that his fans are understanding and supportive, took the time to pose for a fabulous photo. Matt Brown looks great and happy with his much shorter hair.

Doesn’t the Brown family live in the Alaskan wilderness?

Among the thousands of fans responding to Matt Brown’s photo, only one fan is raising the question why the oldest son of the Brown family is seen in a grocery store when he is supposed to be living in the Alaskan wilderness -- and away from civilization.

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Quite obviously, the idea that a reality television star has a life apart from a TV show is startling to that fan. Other than the one stunned fan, most everyone else understands that Matt and his family are performing on a show but also have a real life. As recently reported, Matt’s younger brother Joshua Brown proudly and openly shared his summer trip to New York City. So no, the Brown people do not stay in the Alaskan outback for the whole year.

Is the title ‘reality television show’ misleading?

In contrast to advertising the Brown family’s show as a reality television show in the United States, the British TV Guide files the “Alaskan Bush People” as docu-soap. Taking away the word “reality” makes the purpose of the experiences of the Brown family living in the Alaskan wilderness much clearer. Replacing the words reality television show with the words documentary – soap would put to rest many articles claiming that the Brown family is fake.

Unfortunately, the Discovery Channel is using the words reality television show instead of documentary-soap. Since DC used to focus on documentaries and science, it is somewhat surprising in its description of the show:"Deep in the Alaskan wilderness lives a newly discovered family who was born and raised wild."

As Matt Brown's photo with his fan shows, there is a clash in Discovery Channel's representation of "reality" versus the reality that the characters of the "Alaskan Bush People" are actually experiencing.

Living in two realities must be extremely challenging, and as Matt Brown reveals when speaking out about the truth behind reality TV shows, it comes with a very high price.

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