Has fame ruined the authenticity of Jon and Kate Plus 8?

 

Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children/TLC

Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children/TLC

 

I’m a huge fan of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8. I dig Kate’s bossy demeanor and can’t get enough of her cute-as-a-button kids. 

But I’m also familiar with the Gosselin haters out there, the ones that believe she treats her children like commodities to make more money and think her bossy behavior emasculates her husband Jon.

I’ve finally read a great article on this very topic in Philadelphia Magazine which poses the question of: has the fame and the money made Jon and Kate less relatable and led to a backlash? It brings up the disappearance of Aunt Jodi and her friend Beth, and the noticeably more put-together Kate.

I still defend the show and Jon and Kate, but this article made me wonder what their exit strategy is. How long can this go on? Will they be so cute when they’re studying for their SATs or learning to drive a car? Will they stop before the backlash becomes so bad they can no longer profit from their fame with books and speaking engagements? 

What do you think, readers? Are Jon and Kate simply taking advantage of a good situation, trying to create the best life for their children with a nice house and robust college savings funds? Or have they gone too far?

7 Responses

  1. The backlash regarding the new wealth of this family only exists in the tiny land of hate bloggers that troll the internet like “Mean Girls” in High School. Its easy to forget that the only account for a small percentage of fans and watchers of the show. You realize it more once you go off those sites and actually meet the thousands of fans at events across the US.

    Jessica wrote a biased piece based solely on trying to dig up as much as possible through negative sites and other outlets that wouldn’t give her the time of day. She was unethical”, and thankfully most had the common sense to ignore her requests to be interviewed.

    I think that its wonderful that they are using this time to take advantage of the momentum and do books and speaking engagements. There is nothing wrong with striking while the iron is hot. I’m sure they hope that they can take this experience and put it towards a new path once the show ends. Again, in any other family they would be applauded, but poor Kate, well shes has too much therefor shes not allowed to have anymore…….Says who exactly? Why does everyone seem to have an opinion about how what they fee is best for this family? Why cant we just enjoy the show for what is is and not run to blogs just to pick apart Kate’s hair to make themselves feel better because they don’t have what they now do?

    The show will run its course in due time and jealous haters of the show will have to find a new way to let out their anger and bitterness. I only hope that it will be when The Gosselins say they have had enough, and not those who are just out to see the show end for their own hurtful satisfaction. I feel that they are just as relate able, as long as you stop begrudging them whatever perks they receive because they are on the show. Still a fan, always a fan!

    • Hey Baby Mama,

      Thanks for the feedback, I’m definitely a Gosselin fan, too, but I think it’s valid to discuss some of the issues brought up by the haters and whether they are valid or not. I tend to think the speaking engagements, money from the show are for put to good use, for their children’s education and for a house they can have room to play in.

      Looking forward to Monday’s episode!

      Reality Update

  2. i i hope yjat jon is feeling better ‘and will find a

    so;ution to thr identity problem.

    we will miss seeing both jon and kate and the great

    family. god bless all of you.
    watched the finale season tonight.

  3. QUIT WATCHING THESE SHOWS
    Whether you are a fan or not doesn’t matter, they are putting the children’s safety and privacy in jeopardy. Why have we become so voyaristic in our television watching.
    The money they make is not for the children’s benefit. No child wants their whole life on television–they want mommy and daddy. Daddy or mommy should be working a normal job not capitilizing on the fact they have eight children—so what!
    While most people find a large family fascinating, I have never quite understood the reasoning. We do not do anything different than most of the world, we go to work, we mow the lawn, we do laundry, we cook, etc. It may be a little different and the sizes may be different but basically the same.
    By supporting shows like this we are doing the family an untold harm that may not be measured until these kids are quite older. Even now we see the seams starting to unravel-and has nothing to do with fame-it has to do with the kids knowing in their hearts of hearts this is not normal.

  4. I love to watch yalls show. It amazes me how well behaved yalls children are. Yes I see Cara and Mady smart off now and then, but they are kids. Thats gana happen no matter what. Yall seem to handle things really well. As for all the crazy things tabloids are saying, I pray for yall and hope the 2 of u can find it in your hearts to be happy again and raise all your angels together. It breaks my heart to think yall wont make it. God Bless U Both…. We all make mistakes..

  5. I think there is a very big problem between Kate and Jon. I feel they have “lost” one another. Time must be found to be just man and wife, rather than always “Jon and Kate plus 8.” The result is exactly what we are seeing on the series — her sniping at Jon constantly regarding everything he thinks or does; correcting his statements, belittleing and emasculating him whenever she gets a chance. If, in fact, there is infidelity on his part, maybe he was looking for someone who cares for him just as he is.

    On his part, he is more easy going and enjoys the times when the kids can be just that, kids! It is hard for him to live up to perfectionism. There appears to be little time to enjoy his wife because she is always focused on everything being absolutley in it’s place.

    I hope they will find one another and remember what they loved in one another when they met.

  6. BEEN DIVORCED WITH ONLY 2 CHILDREN CAN’T IMAGINE GOING IT ALONE WITH 8! HAS THINGS GOTTEN SO BAD THAT IT CAN’T BE FIXED.I REALLY LOVE THE SHOW BUT IT WON’T BE THE SAME. HAVE YOU HAD ANY CONSUELING? I THINK TIME APART WILL MAKE YOU BOTH FEEL WHAT YOU REALLY MEAN TO EACH OTHER..NOT JUST ABOUT THE CHILDREN BUT THE LOVE IYOU MUST STILL FEEL FOR EACH OTHER. MY BEST WISHES TO YOU.

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