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March 29, 2013

"Wife Swap" Features Tea Party Christian Swapping Families with... Polyamorous MFF Trio

soothsayer called my attention to this train-wreck last night.

Clarification: I should have made this clear: This is an ABC show called "Wife Swap," not an actual sexual wife swap. The premise of the show is that the wives swap families, first to observe (first half of show), then to impose a set of rules on the surrogate family (second half). It's intended as culture-clash social-horror programming. But it's not actual "wife swapping," except in the New Mom, New Rules sort of way.

The show definitely cut the polyamorous trio -- one dude living with his wife, his kids, and his girlfriend -- to be the "normal" ones. And the sympathetic ones.

That said, Nixon said something about giving a dagger to your enemies.

Below are a couple of long videos of the show. Neither is the full show, but taken together I think they're most of it. It was a real horror show.

What every reality show requests -- and which most contestants happily agree to -- is that "stars for a week" surrender their dignity at the door. I don't know why someone would do this. I don't even think they pay all that much (but I could be wrong).


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