'Sister Wives' Recap — Brown Family Outed As Polygamists, Hypocritically Worry For Kids.

Sun, March 13, 2011 10:08pm EDT by 17 Comments

The Brown family goes public as polygamists on the ‘Today’ show yet worry how it will effect their children. Maybe they should have stayed off national television if they were so concerned.

The Sister Wives gang is back and for Season 2 we are thrown right into the thick of things as we get to see the Brown family on the eve of the Season 1 premiere — and being outed as polygamists.

While what the Brown family has done is in many ways brave and they should have every right to live their life in whatever manner they choice, it is difficult to see them so worried over how the public will treat their children. It makes it seem as if maybe they shouldn’t have selfishly gotten a reality show if their children are indeed their primary concern.

The few scenes of the Brown children on the morning the adults left to go to New York and make the big announcement about their lifestyle spoke volumes. While father Kody was downright giddy, the children all looked petrified. Their parents would be more than 2,000 miles away making an announcement that would change their lives forever — and they seemingly had no say in it.

The more we see of Kody the more it appears as if it is the appeal of fame, and not so much a desire to share his lifestyle, that motivates him. He realizes polygamy is his best chance of achieving notoriety and runs with it, but had he just one wife it feels like he would still find some way, or rather any way, to make his way onto a reality show.

And so the Browns departed for New York (did anyone else wonder how the hotel rooms broke down?) and Cody got his chance to shine on national television. Kody kind of froze up and poor Meri had her fly down, but otherwise the five actually gave a pretty great interview.

The one great thing this season seems to be doing as opposed to last is showing a bit more of the trials and tribulations of living a polygamist lifestyle, though it still seems so false in many ways. I refuse to believe that the children of the Brown family had such a problem free time among their peers when this news broke. That is the story we should be seeing, not more of Kody mugging for the camera.

It also annoyed me to no end to see five adults discuss how hard their public outing was after the Today show and yet not one of them mentioned the children initially. They of course felt a need to rush home to the kids, but after some sightseeing and palling around in Central Park. I would think if there is one time you want to get on a plane and fly home as soon as possible it is when you have just announced to the American public you are a polygamist family — and your kids are across the country.

I ultimately even wonder if the show does any good. I enjoy the show, though it often infuriates me, but I have no problem with people who willingly enter into a polygamist lifestyle. I also believe that almost every viewer shares the same thought. So all it seems this show may be doing is exposing 16 kids to a very, very difficult childhood. Try as people might to make the focus how one balances four wives or shares a husband, I could care less as compared to the issue of the kids.

What do you think HollywoodLifers – was the Brown family decision to do a reality show selfish?

-Chris Spargo

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KACY

Posted at 12:13 AM on April 9, 2011  

I think people should mind their own business and worry about the children they bring into the world and allow the browns to worry about their children. It bothers me to no end that people have so much to say about other people when I am sure the ones putting down the Brown’s are doing their own thing that we could all say negative things about. Why can’t people just watch the show ( or not ) with out all the drama. some people in this world find their life style interesting as I do and commend them for sharing such a life style with me.

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Tia

Posted at 11:31 AM on March 15, 2011  

I finally got to watch the premiere last night and I think there is a lot more we aren’t seeing. Producers and Directors have to cut the show down to one hour. I think they had a full week of interviews lined up and then had to cancel some to make it back. They showed that the kids were getting the worse from the blogs, not their friends. I applaud the family for teaching us what poligamy actually is and think their kids are going to be okay. We have to remember that we are watching what happened last year when the show first started. I think at first their was bad press but now everyone has grown to love the Sister Wives.

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Mickey Rentonia

Posted at 10:10 PM on March 14, 2011  

While I think it was selfish of the parents to make a spectacle of their entire family, faulting them for announcing it now, publicly on the Today Show after the show has already been on an entire seasons isn’t reason to complain. Each of the parents, and most, if not all, of the children have already appeared on camera multiple times during the first season. The cat is long-since out of the bag, and the fact that they’re polygamists isn’t news. They should have considered the impact on the children long before appearing on season 1, episode 1.

Do I think Kody’s a media whore? Without a doubt, yes. To be so blatant about it was begging for confrontation and public attention. I also think there’s more “glory hog” showing in their recent decision to move to Las Vegas.

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Linda

Posted at 11:34 AM on March 14, 2011  

In the subtitle, you have atypo: it’s “affect” the children not “effect”. To use “effect” properly, you’d have to write “The Brown family goes public as polygamists on the ‘Today’ show yet worry sbout the effect it will have on their children.”

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Frances

Posted at 9:53 AM on March 14, 2011  

Sick, disturbing, what the hell are they thinking! He is just a dirty horney bastard!

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99pay

Posted at 5:34 AM on March 14, 2011  

In response to this ” Maybe they should have stayed off national television if they were so concerned ”
I say that is like saying maybe your father should not have went off to war and got killed, fighting for our freedoms, he should have thought about the children.
All these people are doing is wanting to live free, in this supposed free country, and fighting for that.

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Bob Mac

Posted at 12:20 AM on March 14, 2011  

“While what the Brown family has done is in many ways brave” ??? Brave? I don’t know who writes this crap, but the bottom line is the members of this cult are breaking the law. They use many ways to circumvent state and federal laws, but in the end their no better than any other criminal. You write about it because idiots believe your drivel and obviously you make money. Just don’t call this journalism.

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greg

Posted at 3:25 AM on March 14, 2011  

lol CULT? … this aint Scientology. they havent harmed anyone and their children seem more normal than the terrifying duggars kids, who live in a traditional home.

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Brown Envy

Posted at 12:10 AM on March 14, 2011  

I’m so glad these guys are coming out! … Let’s take a good look. What’s that… is that a skeleton? Concerning “The Faith” that Kody Brown mentions, Answer the following question… True or False. You can be forgiven for Molesting a Child and eventually be able to get another wife, but you will NOT be forgiven for Being Born Black? Forget about the “Vail of Forgetfulness” when we are born…because of your color of skin, you are judged for what you supposedly did in the life before this one called “The Pre-existence” How about this one, Now that Y’all have been introduced to the “Principle of Plural Marriage”… Now it is Your Duty to Live IT!! Or else you’ll have to go to the “Bad Place” A.K.A. Hell.. God will say to you. “I will Destroy you if you don’t do it” … I’m really diggin this Kody Dudes Faith for sure!

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Jules

Posted at 12:09 AM on March 14, 2011  

I totally agree with Kody with what he is doing. At least he cares about his kids more than I Can say about some parents out there. What I want to know is why would they ever tell anyone. All ppl do is criticize others instead of minding their own business. Everyone should leave them alone and worry about their own families. Lets give these ppl a hand they are raising their kids proper and the kids and parents look happy.

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Jennifer

Posted at 11:50 PM on March 13, 2011  

What they have done is wonderful and I think that by them coming out they are looking out for the best intrests of their children and their grandchildren. I could understand if they were marrying their girls of when they were young or if they were abuse, but none of that is true. All the wives are allowed to leave at anytime if they choose and their children are free to choose the lifestyle that they want to live when they are grown. Are they hurting you or society? No, they are not on public assistance or have kids running around getting into trouble. No wonder the wives want to stay, they only have to deal with their husband every fourth day, that has the potential to be bliss!

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jh

Posted at 11:47 PM on March 13, 2011  

Lynn…grow up.

Over population?
Coochie?

Really? You need help.

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Lynn

Posted at 11:16 PM on March 13, 2011  

The Brown family did something brave???
What is brave about shoving your dick in COOCHIE??? TELL ME THAT. Overpopulating the damn earth? BRAVE?

These ridiculous excuses for parents are anything but brave. Do you realize how many children they could have adopted and aided IF they wanted to do good. They are scum..Call a spade a damn spade!!!!!!

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jh

Posted at 11:46 PM on March 13, 2011  

wow i guess the author of this post just watched the preview & not the actual show.
If you had watched the show, shut your mouth for 5 min, stopped judging you would have heard their very legitimate reason doing the show.
Wow people need to shut their mouths & open their minds to something that is different!

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jh

Posted at 11:46 PM on March 13, 2011  

Lynn…grow up

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Sam

Posted at 11:53 PM on March 13, 2011  

Small minded people always have difficulty thinking outside their narrow, rigid perspective and are threatened by anything different from themselves. If you watched the show you would know that some of the kids read the kind of garbage you wrote. Don’t tell me you care about the kids. And please, the fact that you could watch these honest, courageous, loving, humble people and not see anything but sex says a lot about how shallow you are. I truly feel sorry for you. I hope you’ll find a way to live with less fear and more depth.

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Amanda

Posted at 11:06 PM on March 13, 2011  

I totally agree with your point of view, but can’t you spell the guy’s name consistently?

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