The new television series Sister Wives is travesty in the regard of how it portrays the Latter Day Saint, or Mormon religion. Sister Wives also calls forward the age old misconception that celebrities are somehow above the law. TLC by simply showing this Sister Wives is sending the message that they condone an illegal practice, and will even go so far as defacing an entire religion to make a quick buck. For those who are unaware of the premise of the show, it is a reality show that follows a man by the name of Kody Brown, a practicing polygamist, and his wives as they carry out their lives (ABC News).
First and foremost, there is one point that needs to be made excessively clear. Polygamy is NOT allowed in the Mormon faith, and people are even excommunicated in the contemporary religion. In the year 1890 the Mormon religion abolished the practice of polygamy from its practices (Mormon Polygamy). Sister Wives hints that polygamy is a practice allowed in the contemporary Mormon faith, which is positively not true. This is done by stating that Kody was raised in a Mormon community, which is speculative, at least to the true religion. To long has this religion gotten a bad reputation for supporting the practice of polygamy when in reality it does not.
Secondly, how on earth did this family get a television show and not a jail sentence for the felony of bigamy? This is just the latest case in a long history of celebrities being above the law. TLC by simply showing Sister Wives is condoning the practice of polygamy to the general public. By showing Sister Wives they are also insinuating that it is ok to break the law as long as you are famous or, in this case, by becoming famous.
There is however one positive that has come out of this catastrophe that is Sister Wives. Police in Lehi, Utah have begun an investigation on the Brown family. Showing that even though TLC may be ok with breaking the law and defacing a religion, the state of Utah will not tolerate it even if the family in question has been put on national television (Huffington Post).
All in all, albeit an interesting look into the life of a polygamist family, Sister Wives sends the wrong message. Although it does show that polygamist family’s do not all partake in sexual abuse and the other distasteful things that are typically associated with polygamist families, it does still send a wrong message on two fronts. It defaces an entire religion on a common misconception that is just compounded by the statement that Kody was raised in a Mormon community. It also sends the message that celebrities are above the law and can act as they choose. TLC should be ashamed of letting this air.
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