Often referred to as America’s most inbred family, THE Whittakers were taken in for haircuts and couldn’t stop staring at their new looks.
In a two-part YouTube video, filmmaker Mark Laita revealed more about the family’s experience at a local salon.
The family lives in a remote cabin in a town called Odd in rural West Virginia and was featured in a documentary by Soft White Underbelly and Laita.
Three siblings Betty, Lorraine and Ray appear in the latest video with their cousin Timmy.
Betty acted as a sort of matriarch of the family, as documented in Laita’s various videos.
Not only did the four Whittaker emerge unrecognizable from their salon day, but they couldn’t get over their tidy looks either.
At the beginning of the video, Timmy was seen walking excitedly to the barber chair for his turn.
Lorraine needed help sliding all the way back into her chair, but Betty was there to help.
Ray could be seen staring at his reflection while the barber continued to work on his hair and beard.
Once when the barber was working on his beard, he seemed to get restless and pushed the barber’s razor away from his face.
After moving to a couch he was able to continue with the service and the barber worked on making his bear symmetrical.
Betty advised the barber not to shave Ray’s mustache as he likes it, she said.
“You look good, Ray,” Laita said.
“Will hardly recognize you after that.”
Ray ran his fingers through his hair again and again afterwards.
He and Timmy sat on the couch with smiles on their faces after their cuts.
It was Betty’s turn for a haircut later in the video.
She then emerged with a slightly shorter cut and a curly hairstyle.
“I like it,” she said.
“Look at you guys. You all look great,” Laita said as they squeezed back into their van at the end of the hairstylist experience.
One of the barbers in the video commented, saying, “It was an absolute blast to have her in the shop!”
Laita continues to document the Whittakers with this latest video.
He first visited the family in 2004.
Latia described his first visit to the family as “the craziest thing” he’s ever seen.
“It was out of control. There are these people walking around and their eyes going in different directions and they’re barking at us,” Latia said on an episode of the Koncrete KLIPS podcast.
“I even saw a man run away with his pants falling around his ankles.”
As Laita continued to bond with the Whittakers, he documented more of her behavior as well.
In his films, he conducts interviews from the family’s porch, sometimes going inside to reveal the reality of their home.
While the family’s four dogs appear to be well cared for, some of the Whittakers appear to have dirty, disheveled clothing and living conditions.
Family members also appeared to have physical and mental health issues.
Some were unable to communicate and would only use a grunt to confirm they were being spoken to.
However, they seem to understand the limited forms of communication they use, even if it may sound incomprehensible to outsiders.
Other family members appear in front of the camera in stained, ill-fitting clothing.
Laita asked Betty about her relatives’ mental and physical abnormalities in a video, but she claimed not to know what was causing them.
In another video, another relative, Kenneth, is asked the same question, who specifically talks about the problem all family members have when their eyes aren’t forward.
He replies, “Could be coal mining.”
Laita set up a GoFundMe for the Whittaker to improve their living quarters and provide additional support to the family.