“Sister Wives” is a wrap tonight…and fans are ready and waiting for the big explanation that has been hyped by TLC, as well as by the cast themselves via their Twitter pages. The collaborative efforts towards saving face, uses phrases such as, ‘real explanation,’ ‘behind the scenes truth,’ and ‘real story.’ It’s important to note that the hard sell didn’t begin until AFTER the D-Bomb news had leaked in the very early days of February, and not until AFTER TLC had spun into damage control, working overtime to throw together a pair of dueling wifey specials.
The special episodes were meant to prep us for the dramatic, and (fingers crossed) credible reasons behind why Kody Brown chose to dump his first legal wife, and pick up the fourth. Oh wait, I think we are supposed to believe it was all Meri’s idea…whoops! “Sister Wives” claims to be an honest and open documentation of a polygamist ‘family.’ However, the honest and self-proclaimed transparent premise of the show has come under fire this season, with the first stumble being a divorce announcement that didn’t occur until after the shocking news had already been blasted all over the internet. In an exclusive clip of the “Sister Wives Tell All” special airing tonight, Meri, opens up about her “mixed emotions” following the decision.
The second revealing blow was a two episode, pro-polygamy, and obnoxiously condescending intellectual farce, which occurred during a supposed anthropology study conducted by two
snotty UNLV grad students. The whole story line was uncovered as a completely bogus display, with the students themselves publicly admitting that there was no research project of any kind. So what gives with The Learning Channel, as well as the Brown Bunch, and their continuous claim of open vulnerability?
Lots of fans are asking the same question, and social media sites are littered with comments expressing disgust with TLC, the Browns, and the show itself. The hit show has already been renewed, but could this season’s bumbling viewer manipulation prove to be the beginning of the end? While the show’s blindly accepting super fans still exist, the public tide appears to be turning, in the wake of many disgusted viewers losing patience with the shady new direction of Sister Wives.
“After reading this article, I am absolutely furious with TLC for allowing and promoting this as valid anthropology research! How dare you treat your viewers with such disregard? You insult our intelligence, TLC is quickly becoming like the tabloid magazines at the supermarket checkouts, nobody believes anything they print, it’s a big joke”
“They just keep getting caught In lie, after lie, after lie. Lying about rearranging the marriage, lying about when the divorce episodes were filmed/ putting on a FAKE re enactment of the divorce/ drama around it. Lying about the anthropologists. I’m shocked that they’ve been renewed for another season. They are frauds!”
“They never had the intentions of telling the fans about the divorce. They scrambled once the information was inadvertently discovered. The clapboard used on last week’s show has the date at 2/2/2015. 2 days after the news broke. They did a reenactment of the entire fiasco. They are liars and frauds.”
“If they’re going to keep trying to deceive the fans that are supporting them with their hard earned money, the least they can do is take some acting lessons to make it a tad more believable.”
“I am honestly finished with the show, including the upcoming episode on Sunday.TLC has lost me as a viewer because they no longer have my trust. The lies they promote on Sister Wives and on 19KAC are no longer acceptable.They have insulted my intelligence for the last time and it’s never going to happen again.”
Harsh comments can certainly be found on any show’s opinion pages…but “Sister Wives” attracts a lot of social media attention, and comments expressing opinions such as these are currently choking out the fans who are working to stay positive, and loyal to their favorite harem. Mrs. Kody Brown, formerly known as #4, aka Robyn, tweeted this message to viewers yesterday.
TLC and the Browns have been coverup cohorts this season…and have pushed the boundaries of what could be considered even the barely believable on this alleged ‘reality’ show. No matter what the ‘real story’ turns out to be….how do we ‘have faith’ in a network and a ‘family’ who have both been anything but real, all season long?
The “Sister Wives” finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the Tell All special at 9 p.m. ET on TLC.
Becca is a Senior Editor for All About The Tea. She’s a coastal girl who loves the outdoors, and writing about the sneaky and silly side of reality TV. Her bio is short, but her snark is endless. She loves writing for the sharpest posters in the world.