October 22nd, 2010, 02:02 PM
A couch…of felons!
Hey reality TV stars: you know how Dexter gets to murder people and the dudes on Breaking Bad get to brew meth right there on the TV and no one does anything about it? That’s because they are fictional characters on scripted TV shows. Just because you step in front of a camera crew does not mean you get to live by TV character laws. As much as I hate to acknowledge that there are people like most of you existing in this world, you are REAL people. So don’t be too surprised when recording your every action leads to REAL trouble!
The most obvious case in recent weeks is the cast of Sister Wives, a reality show following the lives of Kody Brown, his 3 wives, their seemingly endless stream of children, and his new girlfriend. After catching a couple episodes, I have to admit it is fairly compelling TV. And they do somehow seem to have a healthier home life than lots of other “reality” families (but then again, with Jon and Kate as the mascots of the genre it’s not hard to seem decent). But come on folks, this isn’t Big Love, where Bill Paxton gets to have all the crazy Mormon wives as he wold like. This is America, where polygamy is illegal, even in Utah. And we’re talking felony illegal here. The state usually ignores polygamists, focusing legal efforts on only those with histories of abuse, but when you display your illegal lifestyle on national TV it’s kind of tough to ignore. So Utah officials are investigating the family and considering bringing criminal charges against them. Although they could be idle threats, if not we are in for a great season 2!
Kody Brown and his brood are technically breaking the law, but they really aren’t hurting anyone and actually kind of seem like decent people. Amber from Teen Mom? Totally different story. If you watch the show, you know she is the permanently spray-tanned, trashy, slap-happy one who broke up with her baby-daddy Gary and quickly met a felon at the Wal-Mart to date. A lovely choice of male presence to bring into your daughter’s formative years! But now the show has opened her up to more than just our awe-struck criticism: she could be facing serious legal trouble as well. There have been several instances on the show where she hit Gary (in slap, punch and kick form), but he just kind of walked it off nonchalantly. I guess it’s par for the course with her. But guess what? It’s on tape, and it’s illegal! You know what’s more illegal? Hitting your spouse in front of a child under 14, which she also did on camera! Good job, Amber! Local police, as well as Child Protective Services, are investigating to see if charges will be pressed. Gary isn’t going to press any, but you don’t really need witness testimony when it aired on MTV.
The weirdest part? The MTV camera crew might also face criminal charges, as it’s illegal to witness domestic abuse/abuse in front of a minor and not report it to authorities. Well, so much for the impartial, all-seeing eye of the documentarian I guess!