- Kody Brown’s daughter Gwendlyn reacted to his televised call for “patriarchy” on YouTube.
- “I don’t love what he was saying,” Gwendlyn admitted, noting that Kody “never was” patriarchal before.
- She also said that her family “didn’t fail” and is “loving.”
TLC’s “Sister Wives” star Gwendlyn Brown responded to her dad Kody Brown’s controversial call for three of his then-wives to “conform to patriarchy” in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday in which she filmed her reaction to “Sister Wives” season 17 episode four.
During the scene that featured Christine telling her then-sister wives that she was leaving the family and moving to Utah, Kody told Meri Brown, Janelle Brown, and Robyn Brown (who all considered themselves his wives at the time) that he was going to be the “head” of his household again.
“Robyn’s a girl boss, I don’t know if you’ll be able to be the head,” Gwendlyn, 21, said to her dad on the screen. She also laughed and had a shocked look on her face when her dad asked his wives to “conform to patriarchy” again.
Gwendlyn had said in a previous YouTube video that she doesn’t like Robyn, who is currently the only wife with whom Kody has a romantic relationship. But she said that watching Robyn’s reactions to her dad in episode four made her more “sympathetic” to the mother of five.
She also said that her dad was “sending a fucking message” with his words, but interpreted the faces Robyn was making at him to be her telling him to “be quiet” and that he was “embarrassing” her.
“I don’t love what he was saying,” Gwendlyn admitted. “He’s not in charge of those women.”
Later when reflecting on the full episode, Gwendlyn said she “did not love” her father’s attempt at inserting patriarchy into his family. She said “he never really was” patriarchal before.
“When you marry four headstrong women, you’re not going to be like the head of the family,” she said. “It’s an equal thing. Marriage is equal.” The college student noted that all of her siblings who are married are better at maintaining true equality in their relationships with their respective spouses.
“Poor guy, he was like, ‘I just wanted to be a patriarch and a leader’ and clearly that is not what’s happening,” Gwendlyn added. “I feel a little bit bad for him, too because now he’s like ‘well, this is all over’ and ‘we failed’ and stuff.”
In Gwendlyn’s opinion, her family “didn’t fail.”
“It was a fun marriage, it was a fun time. You experienced love. You had 18 kids,” she said, presumably speaking directly to her dad. She also said that she and her siblings have a “loving family” and “it’s not a complete failure.”
At the time Gwendlyn filmed the video in December 2022, her biological mom Christine was the only one of Kody’s wives to have announced they left him. The exes released a joint statement in November 2021 confirming their split.
Kody’s second wife Janelle said she and Kody were “separated” in late 2022 while filming the season 17 tell-all special. They still consider themselves married per their faith, but aren’t romantically involved.
In January 2023, Kody and his first wife Meri announced they were officially ending their “spiritual” marriage in a joint statement on Instagram. He’s currently only romantically involved with Robyn.
All episodes of “Sister Wives” are currently available to stream on Discovery+.