When I first caught up with ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ on TLC I was more than a bit captivated being a voyeur into a world where a mom raises copes with 8 children, 6 of whom were under the age of 2 at the time. Jon and Kate seemed like a close, albeit polar-opposite couple, and the kids are just the cutest things since calico kittens. Kate did mountains and mountains of laundry … just like all of us moms. She budgeted to go to the grocery store … just like all of us moms. She made the kidlets fresh, organic meals … just like … well … okay.
On a random side note, in one episode Kate said her children have never had McDonalds or fast food of any kind. I should have known then something evil was lurking under the surface.
I enjoyed watching the kids grow up. Did I mention they’re too darn cute? And marveled at how a mom could keep it all together living in a self-induced daycare 24/7. I have two sons, 10 years apart in age. Period. God knew that’s what I could handle. Of course, God didn’t per se give her 8 children either. She and the medical community kinda helped Him along in the process.
I think for me the fissures in my TV love affair with Jon and Kate started to develop when the show became more of an advertising platform for all the freebie trips and goodies bestowed upon them from sponsors. Heck. That’s not coping with life in a large family. That’s nurturing a very valuable commodity that inevitably made their lives a bazillion times more rich and exciting than simply the twins they began with. Can y’all … with a straight face … tell me it’s terribly difficult to cope with that many sprouts when you’re being paid quite a chunk o’cabbage to show your story to the world? According to several websites and other sources of media, Jon & Kate make approximately $65K per episode.
And that does not include coin earned for speaking engagements, general appearances, photos, and book deal(s). I’d like to invite the TLC producers to my house. I’d only charge them a fraction of that $65K for them to video tape me doing my mountains of laundry and … errr … not cooking meals.
Then. How about all the manual help they receive? My oh my. I suppose they ‘cope’ quite well, thankyouverramuch. The breaking point for me, and when I actually stopped watching the show, was when they moved into their newly-built $1.3M mansion. Suddenly, the whole thing seemed … well … contrived.
I felt more than a little snookered.
We should have seen the train wreck coming. Really. My how a few years after the show’s debut, things could go so horribly wrong. I went to the grocery store this morning and nearly every magazine at the checkout stand had photos and blaring headlines about who’s doing who in the Jon and Kate saga. Firstly, who cares. But I couldn’t help but think, what about these 8 children and how it all impacts them?
Doing a little digging online today because in my opinion, for whatever that’s worth, there are two sides to every story. But I am absolutely gobsmacked at how family and so-called friends are getting in on the action. I have to wonder if this is any better than how badly the parents are allegedly behaving. The link below is for a blog written by ‘Aunt Jodi’s sister’.
Let me lay it out for you. Kevin is Kate’s brother. Jodi is Kate’s sister-in-law, married to Kevin. This blog is written by Jodi’s sister. Got it … or conversely, care?
Reading the blog is akin to witnessing a horrific accident. It’s awful. It makes me feel dirty and icky and sad. But I had to read it all. Then ultimately wonder … what kind of a person is ‘Jodi’s sister’ for even getting involved in the media frenzy, revealing personal and private details of their lives when she herself rakes them all over the coals for doing the same thing.
Mind yo’ own bizness, Jodi’s sister. Tsk tsk.
What’s really clear about all of this? I need to get back to my documentaries on PBS.