Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) who last month introduced legislation to address perceived deficiencies in Pennsylvania’s laws regarding the participation of minors in television and motion picture productions is continuing his efforts by calling into question the special permits issued to the Gosselin sextuplets to appear in “Kate Plus 8.”
Murt issued a press release today announcing that he has asked Attorney General Tom Corbett to investigate whether the permits were properly issued.
“As I read the law, permits for children under age 7 are available for performing in a movie, but permits are not available for children under age 7 to participate in a television show,” Murt said. “I have asked the attorney general to examine the law and clarify whether the permit process provides for such performances.”
I guess I am not sure what to think about all this. It is strange how this little loophole wasn’t discovered before, but of course, the permits were just issued for the first time, to my knowledge, for the re-tooled “Kate Plus 8.”
Wouldn’t Murt be better served to focus his energy on gaining passage of his child labor legislation? I’m not sure what this recent move does other than demonstrate that “Kate Plus 8” is indeed his foremost focus and not all productions in PA involving children. If so, why would he be doing this? Publicity certainly comes to mind. Anyone who associates with Gloria Allred is not looking to stay out of the limelight.
Do you think this is a serious blow to the show? I haven’t seen a response from TLC yet, but I am willing to bet they will have a different interpretation of the law to share.
It appears Murt is doing what he can to make the state of PA an unfriendly place for “Kate Plus 8” to film, but there are, of course, 49 other states out there and I don’t think TLC or Kate plan to cave.
What do you think?