Man 'Hijacks' Amish TV and Blasts out Weird Al Yankovic's Parody 'Amish Paradise'

A man "hijacked" the TV at an Amish restaurant and used it to blast out Weird Al Yankovic's parody song Amish Paradise.

Angelica Smith, who describes herself as a "Christian, wife, mom and musician," shared a video to TikTok showing her and her family at a Der Dutchman eatery.

The chain, which claims to serve "genuine Amish kitchen cooking," has five restaurants in Ohio and one in Florida. It was later confirmed the incident took place in the Sarasota, Florida, branch.

Smith, who claims she is a fan of the fried chicken on the Der Dutchman menu, captioned the video: "When you hack the TV at an Amish restaurant."

The clip, uploaded on Thursday, June 3, shows her husband scrolling through his phone after he had apparently managed to connect to the flatscreen TV in the lobby.

The couple stifle giggles, as Smith can be heard saying: "Oh my God, he's playing Amish Paradise."

Yankovic's spoof song was released in 1996, inspired by the 1995 Coolio track Gangsta's Paradise.

The Amish Paradise video shows the singer wearing a broad-brimmed hat and black clothing, as he churns butter, rides in a horse-drawn carriage and erects a barn.

The music video can be seen on the restaurant TV in Smith's TikTok clip, as the distinctive intro of the song is heard.

Yankovic can then be heard rapping: "Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699. We been spending most our lives. Livin' in an Amish paradise. I churned butter once or twice."

As the track continues, a Der Dutchman worker, dressed in "traditional Amish" clothing, is seen looking up at the TV.

"She took a picture of the TV," reads an on-screen caption posted by Smith—replacing another caption that read: "When your husband hijacks the TV at an Amish restaurant."

Her video has been watched more than 4.1 million times and garnered over 485,000 likes, and it was later shared to Reddit. Thousands of comments have been left on TikTok, with some viewers describing it as "hilarious" and others branding it "exploitative."

Ashley McFadden commented: "This is the funniest thing I think I've seen."

Vanessa Geary admitted: "If I were there I'd be unable to breathe from laughing so much."

Laney pointed out: "Is no one asking why the Amish place has a TV?"

Summer was less impressed, writing: "This isn't very nice. They're different than you, that doesn't mean you get to exploit that for an easy 'laugh' at their expense."

Marisasantoyo added: "That felt offensive to watch. I know it was for you … Not good at all."

Vicki VanNatta, public relations coordinator for the Dutchman Hospitality Group, confirmed the TV in the lobby of their Sarasota restaurant was "hijacked."

She told Newsweek: "The couple that did the video came back to the restaurant to apologize and say they did not intend for it turn into such a big deal. They meant no harm. They just thought it would be funny—a harmless prank.

"We have since increased security on our flat screens so this cannot be done by a customer in the future. It could have been much worse and much more offensive."

The TikTok video was later deleted. Newsweek reached out to Smith for comment.

Update 9/6/21, 3.30 a.m. ET: This article was updated with comment from the Dutchman Hospitality Group.

"Weird Al" Yankovic at Beacon Theater
"Weird Al" Yankovic on stage in February 2000. A woman shared a clip of her husband "hijacking" a TV at an Amish-themed restaurant to play his parody song "Amish Paradise." Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images