Despite being in the middle of a criminal investigation, the polygamist family featured on TLC’s Sister Wives has officially agreed to do another season of their reality show.
The family – all 21 of them – caught the eye of Utah officials right after the show debuted earlier this year. Authorities are still in deliberation over whether to prosecute the family for bigamy.
Sister Wives features a 42-year-old man, Kody Brown, and his everexpanding pack of wives – he’s up to 4 now, with the finale of season 1 showcasing his wedding/reception to Robyn, the fourth wife.
The Brown family responded to being under investigation by saying, “We are disappointed in the announcement of an investigation, but when we decided to do this show, we knew there would be risks.”
The whole “investigation” just seems like a plot to get higher ratings for the show – the Utah attorney general’s office has admitted that although they have investigated the state’s secretive polygamous communities, they focus their efforts on cases involving allegations of abuse, sexual assault, and fraud – not simply having multiple wives. The attorney general’s spokeman, Scott Troxel, said in a September interview, “It has been our office’s position not to pursue cases of bigamy between consenting adults. We want to use our resources wisely.” Further, it's been reported that Brown is only legally married to his first wife -- the rest of the women share "spiritual unions" with him. So again, no case, but a serious ratings boost! Controversy sells!
No matter where you stand on the issue, it’s probably safe to say that it’s a bit odd for the law enforcement officials to legitimately admit that they don’t care about whether laws (on multiple marriages, in this case, but who knows what else gets swept under the rug) are enforced or not.
Season 2 of Sister Wives is set to premiere in March 2011.
Categories: On TV
Posted by Jena
10/29/2010 2:52 PM