Hitting the headlines today – a Pennsylvania state lawmaker is taking a closer look at TLC’s Kate Plus 8…
Representative Thomas Murt wants to know if work permits were properly obtained for Kate Gosselin’s sextuplets for her realty show. Rep. But is that fair? There are many shows with families with kids on them, why single out the Gosselins?
TORI AND DEAN, HOME SWEET HOLLYWOOD: Tori Spelling was of course raised in the lap of luxury by her father, prolific TV producer Aaron Spelling and her mother Candy. Tori, married Dean McDermott, moved out of Hollywood and opened a bed and breakfast. They have since left the B&B and moved back to Hollywood for four further seasons of the show renamed Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Their children play an integral role in the series.
LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD: This TLC offering follows the adventures of Matt and Amy Roloff who have dwarfism – as does one of their four children. While much of the focus of the show deals with the challenges of not being of average height, the children are also prominently featured.
19 AND COUNTING: Another TLC offering with children as the main focus. This one follows Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar as they raise their very large family following strict Christian principles in Tontitown, Arkansas. We see them home schooling the kids and watch as the children use the buddy system to help raise younger children.
And what of TLC’s horrid offering TODDLERS AND TIARAS? That’s ALL about the kids and their mothers so desperately trying to live their unrequited dreams through them. Is it that we’re so horrified by the onstage antics that no one mentions these kids spending hours preening for the cameras?
Don’t get me wrong; I am not here to defend Kate Gosselin. I think kids should be allowed to remain children for as long as possible. That includes not having to worry about wardrobe or shooting schedules or having to be “on” for the cameras. But at the end of the day, is it fair to use the Gosselins as an example without also shining the spotlight on these other families?
Now I have my own theory as to why politicians are targeting Kate Plus 8 in particular and it rests squarely on Mama Gosselin.
Like many of you, I’ve watched in horror at the way Kate talks to her kids, verbally emasculated her now ex-husband, Jon and in general acted entitled to the freebies that were bestowed upon them. She came across as brusque and ungrateful, completely counter to the woman who claims to be doing it all for the kids.
Then we had a front row seat to the implosion of their marriage. It splintered into a thousand pieces like a wooden chair under too much weight. That was followed by Kate’s numerous appearances on The Today Show telling the same sad tale. Soon after, Kate embarked on another book tour and a stint on Dancing with the Stars, where the world got to see a different side of her personality. Unfortunately for her, it was just as prickly as the side we’d already seen.
I think the reason Kate and her brood are singled out is that she is not the image of a mother that we have come to expect. She’s not a warm fuzzy type; when she cuddles with her kids it tends to look forced. That coupled with what appears to be her unbridled thirst for the spotlight (under the guise of doing it for the kids) I believe, is what fuels peoples’ ire toward her.
But what about these others? Why are they spared the same questions?
Should kids be allowed on docu-soaps at all – and if so – under what conditions?
I know this will be a hot one so fire away, what do you think?