'Sister Wives' Recap: The Browns Face Off With Unfriendly Former Polygamists (VIDEO)

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christine and kodyOh, Kody Brown, you old so-and-so! Just when I'm about ready to write you off (again), you go ahead and do something that makes me kind of like and/or respect you. Take last week, for example: I was totally done with the dude after his seemingly abrupt change of heart re: another baby with Meri/Robyn's offer of surrogacy. (Not because I think he needs more kids, just cause I felt bad for Meri. I mean, way to jerk a gal around!!)

But last night's episode of Sister Wives, "Sister Wives on the Ropes," made me look at the guy in another light altogether. See, most of the show revolved around Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn's decision to represent the postive side of plural marriage on a panel about the polygamist experience. Problem was, pretty much everyone else on the panel was a former polygamist (or child of a polygamist family) with bad, bad memories to share. 

Uh-oh, right? Right. While the two sides managed to keep things civil during the initial presentation, once the audience started asking questions, that facade of friendlness faded -- and fast! The whole thing quickly turned into one big "Bash the Browns" party, and to be perfectly honest, it was painful to watch -- except that Kody actually did a pretty damn good job of defending his family's way of life while under attack, making sane, rational arguments such as:

I think it's patently unfair and unjust, in fact, to say polygamy is evil just because evil happened to you in polygamy. Monogamists have abuse. Other societies have abuse, other religions have abuse ... non-religions have abuse. You're paintiing us through your experience. I'm not recommending plural marriage for everybody, I'm asking permission from the world to allow me and those who choose to do it -- choose.

I mean, I'd sooner pluck my own eyeball out than enter into a plural marriage, but the dude has a point. At the end of the day, no matter what you believe about polygamy, you've got to respect a family's right to live the way they want to live, assuming nobody's getting hurt -- and while bruised feelings are commonplace around the Brown household(s), I truly believe all of them try wholeheartedly to be good parents and spouses. 

Did you tune in last night? Check out this clip and tell us: 

Do you think it's fair for former polygamists to hate on the Brown family?

 

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adamat34 adamat34

I dont understand these people. But hate is not something Id say. If they don't like, or cant handle the negativity, maybe they shouldn't be on tv.

Simpl... SimplyEnchanted

I don't see why the Browns are so hated but "The Girls Next Door" were so revered. What is the difference other than Kody is commited to his women and Hugh Hefner just uses them until he's tired of them (or they are tired of him)

BeccaLS BeccaLS

I honestly don't get polygamy. Like at all. I think it's sick that he has 4 wives. 


But they are consenting adults. No one was forced into it, they married as adults, by choice. I guess it works for them, and I guess it is a good thing that all of their kids have such a large support system.


So I like his response. It wasn't overly emotional, it was rational. And while I don't agree with polygamy, I do agree that people should have the choice.

nonmember avatar Lora

This episode was ridiculous. Christine was OVER THE TOP about her aunt, and I felt bad for the aunt, especially the silly bathroom scene. Then Robyn was going off on the aunt saying "don't twist my words sweetie" when the aunt didn't twist her words... she said exacly what Robyn had said. The little blonde girl is a complete brat though. At least Janelle and Meri seemed sane!!

nonmember avatar JC

Polygamy should absolutely be legal among informed, consenting adults. The only reason it was outlawed was the government taking a stab at the Mormon Church, which is flatly against the Constitution/Bill of Rights. Regardless of what I personally believe, adults should have the right to marry whom they choose!

nonmember avatar jamie

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Maria Mclean

Although I am not a polygamist, I think that we should have the freedom to choose. So many women are abandoned with children when husbands choose to leave for a new relationship. Abandonment is allowed, but a man taking responsibility for ALL his relationships and children should actually be commended.

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