The Gosselins make up to $75,000 per episode on their TLC hit, Jon & Kate Plus 8, for a 20-episode season — and that’s not even counting all their freebies! For the Gosselin clan, it’s not just their show — but their lifestyle — that hang in the balance. Kate, who grew up in a trailer park and didn’t go on her first airplane ride until her honeymoon to Disney World, now flies only first class for speaking engagements (mostly paid for by churches), sells signed photos of her kids for $20 a pop at appearances, and received a free tummy tuck after giving birth (Jon received a free hair transplant). Jon, now a stay-at-home dad, was fired from his job at Style Craft Corp in 2004 after “spending much more time” on a “quest” for freebies than working, the company’s owner, David Rothermel, tells Us.
What is with these women who CHOOSE to get pregnant, conduct expensive experiments with their fertility, have multiple births and beg for public attention and financial recompense? There is no “motherhood gene”!!! It’s all a choice and if you chose it don’t make a career complaining about it!! Nadya Suleman has only now just taken a small backseat while the original Octo-Mom, Kate Gosselin tries to keep her family’s gravy train from running out. In case you don’t watch tv or have cable or care, there’s a reality tv show called Jon & Kate Plus 8 about a couple with 2 sets of kids who were multi-births.
They claim to have no outside help and to be completely financially self-sufficient. Now their network signed another family with 12 kids. So between all the press shared by Suleman and these other people, their new season was in jeopardy of being DOA. So what do you do when you think you might become irrelevant? You create controversy! As if that’s something that should be rewarded.
An article from US magazine as featured on the OMG! site paints a slightly different picture:
Having children is expensive, time-consuming and difficult – which is why I don’t have any. Being a parent should be held in high regard and carefully considered. Often it is not. The Gosselins have been on a media blitz amid allegations they’re both having extra-marital relations and hawking Kate’s new book. This is being given the same amount and more coverage than the President’s negotiations for health care in certain media circles. This further proves corporate media is a joke.
I was deciding whether to give out an Award of Shame this week at all. It was going to go the Republicans for obfuscating the torture they allowed but that will be an ongoing saga. I think parents who exploit their race and class privileges for further financial reward and attention deserve to be smacked down.
I was going to add the husband to this, but I have a funny feeling this is being led at the discretion of the wife. He deserves some blame of course but again, I think she’s calling the shots. If your husband was cheating on you would you deny it while using it for media coverage? To me this is just more of the usual display and reinforcement of white woman privilege. There’s even discussion about whether feminists and moms can be one in the same. For if this had been about a woman who wasn’t young, thin, white and blond she would’ve been completely eviscerated or laughed at – not celebrated in gossip weeklies and given blanket legitimacy.