Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Blatant Video Theft Corner: TLC's Sister Wives

I'm not the sort to judge another because of their religion. I firmly believe that each person should be free to practice whatever religion they want as long as they don't talk about it with me. I really don't need to hear about it.

Having said that, there are certain aspects of the Mormon faith that I could never wrap my head around. (For an interesting look at some of the more unsavory elements of the religion, read John Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven. It is very eye-opening.) Now it seems that TLC is going to shine the light on one of the nuttier tenets with its new series Sister Wives.

As you may have surmised, the new series follows a guy with three wives and 13 kids, who just can't seem to get enough lovin' from all that family and needs to bring in another wife. Now there are a lot of people out there who would argue that polygamy - at it's best -  is a pretty terrible practice that makes women second-class citizens in their own lives and looks to control them. And there are others who think polygamy is pretty awesome because their god tells them it's OK to bang a lot of chicks at the same time as long as you marry and dehumanize them first.

Can you guess which camp I fall in?

Anywho, I think this show examines life in a creepy five-way marriage from the perspective of the wives, which is probably a good thing since the husband seems like a super-douche. Nice goatee, guy. I think he maybe grew it so he could look cool for the show.

I will probably watch this show because I am really interested in seeing how these people live and I can trust TLC to show me some of the seedier stuff because they want some fucking ratings.

Here are some questions I hope are answered during the show.

1. What does this guy do for a living that he can support four wives and 13 kids?
2. Are these sister wives totally going to be bitchy towards one another? (I hope so!)
3. Are these kids fucked up big time because of this "sister from the same mister" and "brother from another mother" business?
4. When does this guy find the time to date with such a big family?

I probably won't get the answers I'm looking for, but I imagine I will get some top-of-the-line trash TV. I would expect nothing less from TLC. I'm sure they will find some way to work in multiple children, dwarves and cake at some point.


  1. I bet hipsters will appropriate polygamy now... that's the only way it'll ever die.

  2. Can you take multiple wives in an ironic way?

  3. I knew it. I wasn't sure how, but I knew they would find a way.

    Do you think ironic racism is on the horizon?

  4. Maybe. Especially if there are any ironic tea party hipsters out there...

  5. That sure derailed the comments. We were Lan Phammed indeed.