TLC won't pull Sister Wives even if stars are thrown in jail!

on Sep 29, 2010 @ 04:57 pm

Have you see TLC's Sister Wives?  It's a 7-part series about Kody Brown from Lehi, Utah, his 4 wives and their children.  The Sept 26th premiere brought in 2.3 million viewers.

The problem: polygamy is illegal in all states so airing their lives on TV has sparked an investigation that could land Brown and her his wives in jail for up to 5 years!

Even if the they get a jail sentence, TLC has come out and said they won't pull the show off the air!  So who's left to take care of their 13 kids??

Do you think TLC should continue to air the series?


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I am sickly fascinated by this on Sep 30, 2010 @ 10:12 am

I saw this bit on the news the other day. While I don't have TLC and therefore can't actually watch the show, I will admit to being fascinated by this.

It's an interesting problem, because, according to the husband and wives, they are consenting adults following a practice from their chosen religion (even though the mainstream Mormon church itself outlawed polygamy, there are many fringe groups who still strongly believe in the principle) and are in essence being persecuted for their beliefs.

However, the law is the law and it's a foolish choice on their part to risk their freedom for the fame and money that comes with a reality show. I'm quite irritated with these shows that play on their family situations and their kids for fame - even when I'm fascinated at the same time. I know that's hypocritical to say :)

TLC has itself an almost guaranteed hit here. From a business standpoint, this legal problem is additional advertising for them, so they are just laughing their way to the bank. Unethical, yes. But it's a "free country", right?

As for their kids, according to the news clip I saw polygamists are rarely prosecuted, and if they are, they receive suspended sentences and small fines. A court would take the kids' wellbeing into consideration, so I would be surprised if any or all of the parents would be jailed. Foster care should only be a last resort of the court.

d*mn, didn't know I missed it! on Sep 30, 2010 @ 07:04 pm

I have been wanting to watch this show ...I will have to tape it.

I agree with mamaluv...they have a hit on their hands. At this point, it is probably so popular if the 'law' were to do anything, there would be more of a public outcry against THEM. If they do end up in court, I am sure a high profile lawyer will take the case and defend them.

If they do continue to air it, I will watch it. I am not down with that sort of lifestyle for myself but I find it interesting for some reason.

Miranda on Oct 01, 2010 @ 09:53 am

I don't think that they should have that on TV. I saw a preview, watching "Say Yes to the Dress" (which is a much better show in my opinion), and the husband on the show was looking for a fourth wife! This is not normal and people should not be watching this.

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