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Sister Wives, Because Polygamy Is A-Okay!
It seems as if television is starting to run out of creativity (i.e. the multiple vampire shows and reality television movement), and are now relying on the exploitation of those defying morals. I assume they are moving to this genre because of the simplicity of the production and anything controversial guarantees viewers (aka money).
Sister Wives (TLC): This show is centered on Kody Brown, and his four wives (Janelle, Christine, Meri, and Robyn). I won’t get into all the religious aspects of how this is wrong, but polygamy is banned in theUnited States. I know to each his own, but we all know polygamy is a big no no in theUnited States. But to get around the law, he’s married only to Meri and has spiritual unions to the other three. If they were to move to a country that accepted this practice then there would be no argument, and I would have no right to roll my eyes whenever I see the show’s advertisement. ApparentlyUtahfeels the same way, and has launched an investigation regarding their ‘cohabitation’.
16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom (MTV): Leave it to MTV to bring fornication to a whole new low by exploiting it with these shows. Pregnant teens reaching popularity because of their lack of respect for their bodies and especially their health (can’t have a baby when protection is involved). Do they realize that they’re glorifying unprotected sex like it’s the new ‘in’ and these teens have exposed themselves to all types of diseases by doing so?
Toddlers & Tiaras (TLC): Greed and pride are glorified through the documentary of the moms of the young beauty pageant contestants. I have nothing against beauty pageants for toddlers – if the parents and pageants keep it within a toddler appropriate realm. Spray tanning the toddler’s skin, putting false teeth in their mouth, and showing off their little bodies in clothing fit for a 21 year old heading out for a night at the club is taking the pageant outside of the toddler realm. Mixed, if not, negative signals are being sent to these toddlers – their smile would look better if their teeth were perfectly shaped or showing skin will get attention from others.
All these shows are sickening because they’re so easily accepted by viewers (and why are a majority of these lead by TLC? What exactly are we learning from these ‘The Learning Channel’ programs?). These shows have seasons to their name, strong followings, and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. What will they think of next?