Sister Wives star Kody Brown didn’t just show up on the TV screen one day as a despised man with three, then four wives. No, it seems it took time for people to discover the patriarch’s behavior for the criticism to emerge.
Sure, some viewers first tuned in with negative perceptions on polygamy. But, others came to the show open-minded. Viewers of Sister Wives soon formed their own ideas on what makes Kody Brown tick.
Sister Wives: Looks Like Kody Brown Earned the Friction?
At the start of the series, some people who tuned in didn’t care who Kody Brown was. Their preconceived notions of the man with multiple wives led them to believe he’s not likable. But for other folks, it took watching the show before their opinions formed.
Today, the lambasting continues for Kody Brown, the patriarch of the Sister Wives tribe. After 13 seasons of the TLC show, it seems most of the negative comments aimed at Kody Brown surface over how he treats his four wives.
But at the beginning of the Sister Wives series, fans wondered how this man supported his wives and all those kids. Some info emerged on how Kody Brown put food on the table. Some media outlets reported Kody Brown allegedly milked the system before his hit show.
Reportedly, Kody Brown’s spouses were on food stamps. Reports have them using this government benefit all the way through the first season of the show. Back then headlines suggested that Kody Brown knows how to work the system.
Also, before the hit show, Kody Brown’s work history is very vague. But he claims he supported his family with his career in online sales.
Bankruptcy and Food Stamps Leave a Bad Taste for Viewers
A man who continued to father kids while supporting them with some government benefits stirred anger for the Sister Wives fans. They couldn’t believe that even though he couldn’t afford to feed the kids already here, he continued to have more.
While Kody Brown is married to four women, legally he has just one wife. Back at the beginning of Sister Wives, that was Meri Brown.
Today, that legal title is held by Robyn Brown, his fourth wife. Kody Brown, Meri Brown, and Robyn Brown shifted the marriage legalities for the sake of Kody adopting Robyn’s kids a while back.
So, for the last decade, three of Kody Brown’s wives were legally considered single mothers with a slew of kids to feed. Fans saw this as Kody knowing how to use the system to his benefit.
Then, when viewers discovered Kody filed bankruptcy, the flood gates opened again. This happened long before the Sister Wives show came to the drawing board.
One bankruptcy dates back to 2005, which he filed with Meri Brown. He only had three wives back then. This is also long before Robyn Brown entered the plural marriage. But Janelle Brown filed bankruptcy in 1997 and Christine did the same in 2010.
Some fans were furious to learn he planned to add more kids to the family. Especially after he dismissed debts amassed by the plural marriage via bankruptcy.
Sister Wives: Is Kody a Master Mind or Victim of Poor Planning?
Many Sister Wives viewers won’t judge Kody, Meri, Janelle, Christine, and Robyn for their polygamy lifestyle. Whatever makes them happy is their business echoes in comments across social media.
But even the most non judgemental viewers were irked to learn Kody Brown looked to state assistance to pick up the financial slack. Many stand firm, and don’t think Kody should look to taxpayers to support them.
Christine Brown once proudly declared how the family went from food stamps to a hit TLC show. Over the years, Kody negotiated with TLC to keep the Sister Wives show from cancellation.
He even took a cut-rate family salary to keep the show going. So, some fans see Kody as quite the wheeler and dealer. This left a very bad taste in the mouth of some Sister Wives enthusiasts and still lingers today.
Sister Wives Season 14 premiere rolls out on TLC on Sunday, January 5, 2020.
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