For those of us in the Gosselin blogging world the E! True Story made absolutely no difference on how we view Kate Gosselin. Fans, non fans, and everyone in between who participates in reading and commenting on the blogs have heard not only the rumors, innuendos and misinformation that was presented on this show, but much more. Some of us can even tell you the source (blog or tabloid) who started some of these rumors right down to the month and year it was initiated.
I am wondering, though, how it impacted the general public who knew enough about Kate Gosselin to want to watch the show but had never ventured on the internet to really google and try to research information they had seen in the tabloids. I subscribe to both Jon and Kate Gosselin’s names in Google Alerts and although I don’t usually read everything that comes through, I happened to read one that caught my attention.
This Google Alert appears to be a discussion board on a “moms” website and one of the subscribers is posting her thoughts on the E! True Story on Kate and asking what others thought. Here is what the person posting the topic stated:
Today I had the E channel on and saw the Kate Gosselin true hollywood story. Fist off I didn’t realize that she was a big enough celebrity to have a true hollywodd story. Secondly, WOW is all I have to say about her. I didn’t really care much for her to begin with but after watching that she was been a witch for most of her life. According to this she would only accept certain kinds of donations, and a locla grocery store gave her a parking spot for when she went grocery shopping. If she went to the store and someone was in her spot she would go into the store, and demand that shopper move their car! Seriously! I knew she was controlling but honeslty! I feel so sorry for those kids; it is sad what she is putting them through because she craves fame.
Although most of the non fan sites felt that E! True Story was a fluff piece and did not bring “Katie Irene” to her knees, I tend to disagree. Although I don’t think there is anything so damaging in this television piece that would bring Kate to her knees, I think there is plenty of other misinformation in it that could give people a reason to turn the channel when she is co-hosting “The View” or working the red carpet at “The Emmy Awards.” In essence, hurting her career or her potential for a career in the entertainment field. A career that would enable her to financially support her family and possibly end the filming of her children.
Forget that E! True Story had the wrong pictures of Kate’s parents or that they stated she grew up in a trailer park, which she did not. I think the hearsay that was spread by Polly Kahl and quoted by the women above regarding the parking spot was far more damaging. This is rumor and gossip (if it is true, why didn’t E! THS go directly to the grocery store and get a statement?) and it resulted in the women that posted on the above quoted website calling Kate a “witch.” I wonder how many other discussions are going on between people that viewed this show regarding other rumors that were reported by Polly Kahl and Al Walentis?
In the end, I guess Kate is a pretty strong woman and will probably continue to do just fine in her life in spite of Polly Kahl and Al Walentis reporting and spreading gossip and rumors. What do you think? Will this E! True Story, that will continue to be repeated for months and possibly years down the road, impact Kate Gosselin’s image and in turn her career? If so, will it be impacted in a negative or positive way?