By now we’ve had a chance to take a look around Kate Gosselin’s new website. One intriguing tab at the top promises Kate’s take on “Kate + Rumors.” As a fan of her show Kate + 8 and a follower of the Gosselin blogs, I am especially interested to see what Kate will have to say about the rumors that have swirled around her in the tabloids or on the Internet.
I was not always a fan. My first exposure to Kate Gosselin was on a marathon weekend in 2008 when TLC showed back-to-back episodes from the first two seasons. I was stuck indoors watching TV, and was immediately drawn in by the dynamics of young twins and younger sextuplets in a local family. I liked seeing places I’d been to here in eastern PA. I thought the children were unbelievably cute. I enjoyed watching the chaos that would follow any family with so many babies. But I was particularly interested in the germaphobe, bossy mom, her easy-going, passive husband, and the
overly-sweet aunt/babysitter. After a day of watching the Gosselins bicker, struggle, and triumph through the chaos, I had enough of Kate’s complaints, Aunt Jodi’s “doormat” quality, and Jon’s tendency to sit back and shrug everything off. I didn’t watch again for more than three months.
It was a rumor that drew me back into the show. My niece met and talked with one of the young helpers for the family. She shared about it at a family picnic and soon we were discussing the Gosselin and our reactions to what we’d seen on the show. “Aunt Jodi was kicked off the show,” one of my sisters said. “Google it.”
I did. Before long I’d researched the whole sordid-and-imaginary background on Jon and Kate Gosselin. She grew up in a trailer park (Nope.) Her parents are poor and her mother has no teeth! (Wrong again.) Kate disowned her whole family over used cribs; she and Jon pretended to be Christian to get money from churches; Kate had an organic chef doing her cooking for her. (No, no, and no.) One particularly horrible story involved Jon refusing to help out two friends of the twins whose mother was dying of cancer. The author of that particular invention was none other than the Internet faker “Pennmommy.” The most disturbing rumor to me was that TLC filmed the toddlers in the nude and that disturbing videos of these children were posted on pedophile sites.
Unfortunately, I believed everything I read on the Internet when I first started following the Gosselins. Luckily, I also followed Gosselins Do Not Need Our Pity (GDNNOP), the forerunner to Imperfect Women, and I watched as Pam, Nancy, Erin, Jennie, and Anya exposed the Pennmommy fraud, putting to rest the rumor that Kate Gosselin eats other people’s “youghurt” when they aren’t looking. It took me months of following the discussions or asking questions before I realized most of the rumors about Kate Gosselin are inventions or exaggerations.
I plan on watching Kate’s site to see which rumors she plans on addressing and putting to rest. In the meantime, maybe readers here can share the rumors about Kate (or Jon!) that they have found ridiculous, funny, or more often, infuriating.