If Kate Gosselin ever needed proof that keeping her kids on TV and allowing her family’s private trials to be played out in public was a bad idea, she has it now.
In Touch Weekly is now reporting as fact a rumor that’s been widely circulating the internet for a couple of weeks now – that two of the Gosselin sextuplets have been expelled from their private school for “rage issues”. This of course should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who has seen more than a minute of Jon And Kate Plus 8 or the hastily thrown together Kate Plus 8 (after they kicked Jon off the show). While we know most family dynamics contain dysfunction, the Gosselins elevated their issues to an art form!
I’ll never forget sitting on a JetBlue flight, somewhere over the middle of the country, when I stumbled across Plus 8 for the first time. I was MORTIFIED by how badly Kate Gosselin treated her husband. She yelled, belittled and snickered at him in a way that made me feel dirty even after I’d frantically changed the channel. Yes, it was that bad. She was that bad.
To be honest, I was shocked by the show’s popularity. What did people see in the series, and the Gosselin family, that made the show one of the most popular in TLC’s history? I have my theories:
1. The kids were cute: Most everyone loves babies and how much fun was it to watch these eight kids getting into stuff simultaneously. To listen to them tell on each other with those baby voices was hilarious and it made anyone who was dealing with just one kid in the terrible twos, breathe a sigh of relief, knowing no matter how bad it got for them, they were never going to have to do it for six (or eight) kids at the same time!
2. It made us feel better about our own dysfunction: We’ve all yelled at our own husbands and partners and yet watching Kate and Jon squabble made us feel a bit better about our own relationships. The problem is, what started out as playful banter, soon developed a sharp edge that was really, really hard to watch.
3. THE KATE FACTOR: This is truly the most mystifying aspect of the Gosselin’s success story, Kate Gosselin herself, an average looking woman sporting, until recently, a horrifyingly bad haircut. And yet Kate became something of a hero in some quarters while also attracting an army of haters. Needless to say the resulting internet chatter kept Kate in the headlines far past her 15 minutes (we’ve even noticed a spike in traffic ourselves every time we talk about Kate!)
Of course the wheels of the Gosselin PR machine have now largely come to a standstill as Kate Gosselin figures out her next move – and deals with this latest revelation. One unnamed source “close to the situation” (translation: her PR people) said Kate’s “number one concern is protecting her children”. They’re kidding, right?
Kate’s kids should have been Kate’s number one priority long ago. It was clear, however, to anyone with two eyes and a brain that this woman had stars in her eyes from the word go. Between her insistence on a bodyguard (for what?), her non stop TV appearances and the way Kate dragged her kids all over the place to film Kate’s priority has always been to keep herself in the headlines. And NOW she wants privacy? Am I the only one scratching my head?
I know that since her divorce Kate has to provide for those eight kids. But I don’t buy that her only option is reality television; in fact, if those kids being filmed every second of their lives is responsible (along with a clearly angry parent) for these “rage issues” I would say the price is way, way too high.
But what do you think? Should Kate Gosselin take her kids off TV and go away to solve her problems? Is TV to blame for their problems in the first place? And are we as viewers – and voyeurs – also responsible? Fire away!