TLC Making ‘Real Polygamists of Utah’

08.09.10 8 years ago 21 Comments

From the beginning of “Big Love’s” run on HBO, I’ve warned that it’s a bad thing to make sympathetic polygamist characters, because it fails to accurately show that fundamentalist Mormon polygamy enables sex slavery and statutory rape. But no, nobody listens to Matt, and now there’s going to be a reality docu-series on TLC called “Sister Wives” about a polygamist family.

“They are very much a modern family. They are open-minded. They are generally adorable,” said Bill Hayes, president of North Carolina-based Figure 8 Films and co-executive producer of the show.

“Their children were so well behaved and polite and healthy and happy,” he added. “Pardon the cliche, but the proof was in the pudding. I thought, ‘What a bunch of great young people, and there was nothing strange about them.’ They have an unusual lifestyle, but for them, it was their lifestyle.”

“Wow, isn’t it amazing the way these people in a cult are bright-eyed and agreeable?”

The suburban Brown family consists of the patriarch [Kody], who works in advertising; his first wife Meri, 39, and their 14-year-old daughter; second wife Janelle, 40, and their six children, ages 5 to 15; and third wife Christine, 37, and their five children, ages 6 to 14, with one on the way. The show follows Kody Brown’s pursuit of a fourth wife, Robyn, who has three children, ages 5 to 10, from a previous marriage. [SL Trib]

Great. Thanks for this one, TLC. Although frankly, I always figured “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” would appear on Bravo.

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