A few of us were talking recently about this week’s Gosselin developments and the nasty tabloid rumors swirling around the blogosphere. One of us suggested (jokingly, although I think the sentiment was based on real empathy for Kate’s predicament) designing and wearing a “Give Kate a Break” t-shirt. I liked the idea and suggested we could make this the title of our next Gosselin Chatter blog post.
For those of us who really do care about the Gosselin children (and I think there are people on both sides of the ‘Should the Show Continue?’ debate that fall into this category), this has been a sad week. I personally do not know what portion of the buzz is factual and what isn’t. I do believe that the children themselves are increasingly being brought into the media firestorm and that is deeply disturbing. I almost long for the days when we focused on why Aunt Jodi wasn’t on the show anymore, which party was responsible for the Gosselin divorce and did Kate enhance her bust? Hey, I’d settle for discussing Cupcake Gate again! The latest news leads us in a direction I’m not sure I want to go. I know many will say that Jon & Kate signed away the children’s privacy a long time ago and we can’t pick and choose what we discuss in regards to their lives. Obviously, I disagree.
It goes without saying that we can’t rely on the gossip and tabloid sites and magazines to demonstrate good judgment and/or consideration as to what they publish and what they don’t. Just this week, the National Enquirer is speculating on which twin Jolie-Pitt twin has Down Syndrome. As an aside, it is good to take a moment to remember that Kate isn’t the only celebrity to undergo this level of scrutiny from the tabloid press. That is to be expected – these ventures are in it for the money and the more hits and magazine sales the better. If people (children) are hurt in the process, that is the price of fame – or so some will say. The Gosselin blogging world is a whole other story and ruminations on these creatures should probably be saved for another day lest this piece turn into a screed.
We can only really control our own responses and what we choose to the put Out There. As much as we argue, decry, shout and stomp our feet, we are not going really going to change anyone’s mind on this subject. At a certain point, I wonder if it is time to hang it up. Doing so doesn’t mean we don’t have admiration for Kate’s strength or that we don’t care about the family anymore, but there is something to be said for not contributing to the frenzy. Personally, I’ll have to give that some more thought and see what unfolds over the coming weeks.
I started blogging about Jon and Kate and their eight beautiful, intelligent children nearly 2 ½ years ago. While I haven’t changed my mind on many/most issues surrounding the family and the filming (surprise!?), there have been some intelligent and respectful posters from the other side that have made me question and rethink thoughts and beliefs on issues related to the family.
That said, I have believed from the beginning and still believe that both Jon and Kate may be flawed (as we all are), but they also have positive characteristics that hopefully their children will emulate. They both love their children. They both want the best for their children. Despite setbacks and challenges, I see no reason to overstate the direness of situation. Unlike the doomsday predictors (who seem a little too invested in everything eventually going downhill for the family – especially Kate), I keep a hopeful attitude. While there may not be a Gosselin show in the future, I hope to hear in 5, 10, 15 years that the entire family is prospering.
Call me a Sheeple, but I don’t think that is out of the question.