Are you sitting down?
On Sunday, “fans of Kate Plus Eight” here at Imperfect Women were cordially invited to participate in a book being written about the Gosselins by none other than Polly Kahl, the “blogging neighbor” and mental health counselor who owns and moderates “Small Town Gosselins.”
The text of the email follows:
Hello Fans of Kate Plus Eight,
I’m writing to invite you to participate in a book I am writing about the Gosselins phenomenon. I’m interviewing various entertainment and mental health professionals, former fans who no longer support the Gosselin children being on TV, and others who have a unique view of the Gosselins reality TV shows. The book is about reality TV, how real or unreal it is, and its impact on the Gosselin family. I’d like to include the perspective of fans who continue to support Kate and her shows and I hope you’ll be a part of it.
If you’re interested in participating, I’ll send you an interview sheet and it can be filled out and emailed back to me. After you’ve submitted the filled-out interview sheet, I’ll edit it for typos, punctuation and other problems, then I’ll email it back to you for a final OK. My goal is to include all views and although our blogs have differing perspectives, your views are important.
I’d also like to invite the owners of the GWOP Without Pity and Ziggyflo blogs to participate but cannot find their email addresses on their blogs. If you are in contact with them, would you please extend this invitation?
“Werny Gal” at Small Town Gosselins
We have not yet sent our reply. We decided to post it here instead; not at all confident that Ms. Kahl will figure out how to read it. If you are in contact with her, would please extend an invitation to her to read here with a direct link?
Dear Ms Kahl,
Are you nuts?
Fans of Kate Plus Eight
With that, Polly Kahl becomes our Hypocrite Extraordinaire II. She plans to sell a book about the Gosselin children after taking the position that their parents, Jon and Kate, and TLC are wrong to profit from any ventures involving their children. Ok, then.
I doubt that Ms. Kahl minds or even disputes that she is hypocritical; she seems to be very comfortable with that part of her nature. Let’s look at a few things Ms Kahl has written on her blog:
May 2, 2010 “Dear Anonymous,” Ms. Kahl writes,
“Less than a handful of other times I’ve taken a total of less than a dozen pictures out of my car window, usually of the papparazzi and most not published. One time when there was no danger to traffic I parked on the side of the road and spoke to a photographer at the fence for approximately two minutes and took four or five pictures of the same thing he was taking pictures of while Jon and the kids were posing. I do not regularly pass the Gosselin house and when I do pass it it’s because my travels take me past it. I have never hung out at the Gosselin house. I have never hidden anything I’ve done and my family and friends know about this blog. I do regret taking pictures of the kids and after I did it I decided not do it again because it was unnecessary and yes, hypocritical. Despite that decision, what I did that one time may be distasteful to you or against your personal ethics, but it was not illegal.”
Yes, Polly, it was unnecessary and hypocritical. Thank you for admitting that. Now, can you explain why, despite your own misgivings, you posted the very same pictures a second time on July 25, 2010, in the post, The Lost Entry ~ Easter at the Gosselins ~ 4/4/10? While you’re answering that, could you also explain how “I decided not to do it again” resulted in your post of October 30, 2010, where you posted more pictures of the Gosselin family, this time at a corn maze?
Here are a few more questions for Polly Kahl: what do you plan to do with any money you may earn from a book about the Gosselin children? Potential readers have a right to this information. Here’s another: in the event that your book is a success, are you comfortable with the fact that you will be responsible for continuing to keep the Gosselin media hype alive? One more, will you be interviewing that pothead/absentee dad Eric Roberts again for your book? These are just a few questions. I’m pretty sure IW readers will have some of their own to offer.