SISTER Wives star Kody Brown has been criticized for his behavior toward his daughter Aurora during an outing. Kody’s actions came into question during Monday night’s episode of the TLC show.
In the scene, Kody, 54, revealed that he had a change of heart about allowing his family to have their pierced ears. He first explained that he had a “family agreement” with his first three wives and now exes – Meri, 52, Christine, 51, and Janelle, 54 – that no one would have their pierced ears, a rule their church enforced.
The reality star even admitted that he forced Janelle and Christine to remove their earrings before joining the family, but he relaxed his stance when he married his fourth wife, Robyn, 44.
“I want to do my family right, you know? We’re going to play by the rules type of thing,” Kody said in a confessional interview.
“But then Robyn comes in the family, and Robyn’s got piercings, and her dad took her to get them,” he added.
Robyn later revealed that the Brown patriarch got over his distaste of ear piercings, and his wives returned to their old ways, but Kody still enforced the rule for his younger children.
In fact, Kody got so comfortable with the idea that he ended up taking his and Robyn’s 21-year-old daughter, Aurora, to get her ears pierced.
“This will be the first time I’ve ever gone with one of my daughters to get their ears pierced,” Kody told the camera while driving with Aurora to the appointment.
Aurora – Robyn’s daughter from a previous marriage and who was adopted by Kody in 2015 – explained that she had a long conversation with her father about getting her ears pierced before making a decision.
“She was completely bought into what I was saying,” Kody gushed over his daughter in an interview. “And she thought about it a lot and discussed it with me and her mom and said, ‘I want to do it.'”
He later boasted about his relationship with Aurora, saying he “appreciates the respect” she’s given him in waiting for his approval. The scene continued with Kody filming Aurora in the salon chair, and cameras captured Robyn’s excited reaction to seeing her daughter wearing earrings.
It concluded with Kody confessing to the camera in front of a shocked Aurora that he got his ear pierced in high school, though he no longer has the piercing.
Fans took to a popular Sister Wives forum to express their thoughts about the TV dad’s behavior toward his adult daughter.
“His gleefulness was so frickin creepy,” one person wrote in the thread.
“This was THE. DUMBEST. scene that has EVER been on this show. So freaking cringy watching a 20-something getting her ears pierced like it was some new interesting concept,” another harshly stated.
“IMO, it was less about Aurora, and more about Kody and Robyn devising a way to show he’s a good father,” someone else added.
“I agree….he looks like such an idiot being so giggly about Aurora getting her ears pierced,” chimed in a fourth.
“Kody has a very uncomfortable relationship with Aurora and this episode sealed the deal, in my mind. He’s completely obsessed with her purity and obedience,” a final noted.
Season 18 of Sister Wives premiered on August 20 and has documented Kody’s strained relationship with his former wives and children.
Christine ended her marriage to Kody in November 2021, and the episodes so far have shown Janelle contemplating making the same move. Fans are already aware that Janelle left Kody in December 2022, and Meri followed suit weeks later.
Robyn is now Kody’s only wife, although The U.S. Sun exclusively reported that he is seeking another wife to join their family. As far as their long-time reality series goes, a source exclusively told The U.S. Sun that this season may be the last.