Saturday, August 7, 2010
Well, the gauntlet has been thrown down. You may have noticed the press coverage over the last two days regarding Kody Brown and his family. Kody and his three (soon-to-be four) wives have a TLC channel reality TV series premiering in late September. They seem like a nice, well-balanced family, so some of the negative comments to news articles seem particularly mean-spirited. There appears to be a contingent of nay-saying parade-rainers who are so desperate to disparage polygamists, that they have been able to compile an immense list of complaints and criticisms about the show months before it even airs. Negative energy or not, these whiners will have to face the likelihood that this show, "SISTER WIVES" -- see 'BIG LOVE' FOR REAL IN LEHI will be an immediate ratings success, and will likely draw an audience hungry for successive seasons.
Face it - negative reactions to and media coverage of the show will inevitably add to, rather than subtract from, the show's popularity and success.
If there is one BIG FAT IRONY in this matter, it is the fact that, were Kody and his family to go to West Texas, they would, presumably, end up in Barbarous Wartthug's circus/court facing a possible 10-year Bigamy sentence (for purporting to marry, or living under "the appearance of being married") just like Wendell Nielsen will next month. BUT NO - - - - - - -
No, I can see Shurtleff on TV, reasserting the AG's policy of pursuing only crimes against children and the LDS Church, but not CONSENTING ADULTS. He craftily left it to Texas to charge people with fantasy crimes - crimes like pretending to marry and performing pretend weddings in one's living room.
Am I the only one who sees the exquisite absurdity in this farce? While Schwarzenegger calls out for the resumption of legal gay marriages, Texas is busy prosecuting a guy for having ladies in his life who are not his legal wife, and a Utah man will invite cameras into his home to film his many wives/bed-partners, while millions of drooling voyeurs look on. The Mormon Church must be writhing in its fast-approaching grave. Might anti-polygamy sentiment soon be going the way of anti-gay passions?
Oh, Mark, what will you do?
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