The stars of ‘Sister Wives’ are currently the subjects of a criminal investigation for bigamy, according to People.com. Kody Brown had to know he was taking a risk by revealing his lifestyle on the TLC show, and apparently some cops in Lehi, Utah watched the Sunday premiere and aren’t going to let his gamble pay off.
Kody Brown , the head of the ‘Sister Wives’ family, which is also composed of his four wives and their 13 kids, could face a charge of felony bigamy if convicted. Bigamy is a third-degree felony in Utah, but rarely investigated (obviously). However, police admit the publicity from the show prompted this particular investigation. So will ‘Sister Wives’ be off the air so soon? Should we even care? And should Kody Brown and his big brood be considered criminals?
I don’t know if TLC will allow ‘Sister Wives’ to continue to air if the criminal investigation is concluded and the Brown family man is convicted, but it’s going to be hard to not air the episodes that have already been shot with all the free publicity the bigamy investigation will bring. And if the cameras are rolling while all of this is going on, it could mean ratings gold for TLC.
But was it okay for TLC to be shooting the show ‘Sister Wives’ in the first place? Apparently Kody Brown and his wives just want to show the world how normal their family is (which doesn’t make for great TV). Their kids are well-behaved; the women don’t compete with one another or fight for their husband’s affection; and Kody Brown is quite content with the ways things are. As a woman, it’s hard to watch his wives happily accept having to share one man, but, at the same time, it’s hard to imagine this family being broke up by a criminal investigation. TLC probably knew there was a chance at this happening, but after the Jon and Kate ordeal, I have a feeling the network doesn’t care all that much about what happens to the subjects of its shows, as long as it’s something that brings in the ratings.
And don’t get me wrong; I’m definitely no advocate for using religion as an excuse for a man to have multiple wives (and I’m sure the women involved here would all have one husband if it wasn’t for their religion). If the practice was polyamory, where everyone is allowed to have multiple partners no matter what sex they are, I’d honestly have no problem with people being allowed to live together in little love groups, as long as every member is a consenting adult. As it stands with Kody Brown and his brood, it’s tough to see women still practicing the form of a religion where they aren’t given the same rights as a man, but, again, I hate to see this family forced apart.
However, I guess Kody Brown knew what he was doing was wrong when he started to build this brood, and if it gets broken apart, his dedicated family has no one to blame but him (but somehow I think they won’t).
And what if Kody Brown does avoid the bigamy charge? Well, expect to see “A Shot at Big Love” with Kody Brown soon, a dating show in the style of ‘The Bachelor’ that has the eligible married man looking for the perfect new model to add to his growing clan.