90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? star Anfisa Arkhipchenko continues to be the completely honest gold digging Russian brat that everyone came to love and/or hate on the original series, but some fans think she is taking things too far this season after repeated incidents in which she is seen hitting her husband Jorge while cameras are rolling. Anfisa took to Instagram this week to defend herself against the backlash by pointing out that Jorge is also guilty of domestic violence because he insists on maintaining control of the couple’s finances.
“Did you guys know that neglecting your spouse and having total control of money (financial abuse) in a relationship is considered domestic violence?” Anfisa asks in a caption to a photo of her and Jorge in the lawyer’s office where both of the violent scenes occurred. “Why aren’t people talking about this?” she asks. “Do Americans have more rights than foreigners when it comes to DV? That’s a serious matter that is being completely ignored. Maybe I need to bring more awareness to this.” She concluded her speech with the hash tags #90DayFiance and #LetsBeReal.
As you might imagine, Anfisa’s comments sparked quite the debate, with more than a few rather irate counterpoints. Anfisa responded to those with a message that needed no translation because the eyeroll is universal:
(Anfisa’s argument may strike a chord with Teen Mom OG viewers because on the most recent season we witnessed Amber Portwood’s fiance Matt Baier taking control of their finances as a method of controlling Amber.)
For reference, here is one of the violent scenes in which Anfisa completely snaps and slaps Jorge right around the 1:43 mark:
Meanwhile, Anfisa’s violent on-screen actions have inspired an online petition asking TLC to at least stop casually airing the violent scenes. From the petition:
When Anfisa and Jorge first hit our screens in 2016 as the volatile couple on Season 4 of 90 Day Fiance people were shocked at Anfisa’s behavior towards her then fiance Jorge. She destroyed his property (car, phones, etc.) and was verbally abusive.
In season 5 of 90 Day Fiance Anfisa and Jorge tied the knot. But unfortunately their relationship has now become violent. In episodes 3 and 4, viewers of the show witnessed Anfisa physically attacking Jorge. Jorge admitted on film that he is scared of Anfisa. People who are familiar with domestic violence will recognize her actions as signs of an abusive and dangerous partner.
An estimated 10 million Americans are the victims of domestic violence each year. TLC needs to take a stand against domestic violence and stop normalizing it by airing it every Sunday on its popular tv show 90 Day Fiance.
The Anfisa domestic violence issue did not slip by her cast mate Paola Mayfield either, as the 90 Day Fiance OG used it to throw a bit of shade Anfisa’s way!
The Colombian born Paolo shared the photo above with husband Russ Mayfield on Instagram, and in the caption she apologized for a scene in which her friends from back home were very critical of Russ, and she didn’t do or say much to defend her husband.
“I’m sorry I didn’t back you up with @juan_a_palacio,” Pao wrote, “but you know I would never strike you 😒”
It sounds like we will have quite the dramatic reunion show!