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Is Janelle Brown wrong in prioritizing kids' safety? 'Sister Wives' star Kody slammed for being 'selfish'

Fans slammed Kody for involving all the wives in a private matter between Janelle and him.
UPDATED MAR 15, 2021
Janelle Brown and Kody Brown on 'Sister Wives' (TLC)
Janelle Brown and Kody Brown on 'Sister Wives' (TLC)

With four wives and 18 children, Kody Brown is used to being at the center of attention of his huge family. So, when his second wife Janelle Brown made a decision that he couldn't visit her during the pandemic, saying that it hurt the Brown family patriarch's feelings would be a huge understatement. 

Just like the rest of the world, the Browns are still trying to wrap their heads around their new reality in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders by the government.  While the pandemic wasn't easy on anyone, it was especially hard on the Browns, as all four wives lived separately. Prior to the pandemic, Kody divided his time between the wives by staying with each of them. But with the stay-at-home orders and a deadly pandemic, the family began questioning the safety of their current arrangement. 


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Kody then began discussing it with each of his wives and urged them all to keep their exposure with the outside world to a bare minimum to ensure the family's safety. During their discussion Janelle informed Kody that he couldn't come to visit her during the pandemic, to ensure the safety of her children and herself. When Kody heard this he was very upset.

He called for a family meeting to discuss Janelle's new decision. Kody and the other wives felt both upset and sad with Janelle's decision and felt that she wasn't acting in the family's best interests by isolating herself and the kids from the rest of the family. But Janelle stuck to her stance and refused to expose her family to any potential risk. Fans were pleased to see Janelle prioritize her family and herself, but were also furious with Kody for not respecting her wishes.

(L-R) Janelle Brown, Meri Brown, Kody Brown and Christine Brown from "Sister Wives" attend a pre-show reception for the grand opening of "Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas" at the New Tropicana Las Vegas April 13, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

A fan tweeted, "This episode is making me so angry! Except for Janelle, this family is so ignorant and selfish. The virus doesn’t care about your family dynamics. #SisterWives." "Janelle makes sense. It literally does not affect anyone other than Janelle, her household, and Kody. The other wives really have not say so. #SisterWives," wrote another fan. "So Kody is really mad because Janelle is prioritizing herself and her kids over him. He's not #1 and he hates it #SisterWives," pointed a fan.




Many fans also slammed Kody for involving all the other wives in a matter between Janelle and him. A fan shared, "Kody can kiss my a** saying the all the wives have a say in what Janelle should do #SisterWives." Another fan echoed similar thoughts with, "Kody didn't need to involve the whole family in this. Janelle already feels bad about having to distance herself & her kids from Kody & everyone. She's just trying to keep herself/kids safe. Kody is doing way too much! He's not hearing with Janelle is saying. Smh #SisterWives." "Kody is staying away from Meri’s house because Mariah and Audrey are a risk, but is arguing with Janelle about staying away from her house despite Janelle’s sons being a risk? Make it make sense. #SisterWives," wondered a fan.




'Sister Wives' Season 15 airs every Sunday at 10/9c only on TLC.