Submitted by guest writer - JJ
Living in Los Angeles I have seen many people go from being an “unknown average person” to “celebrity status “ in a very short time. My son went to high school with an American Idol finalist who went from being a performer in her high school theatre productions to an International celebrity, in a very short time. Her life is changed forever.
We know a few kids who played high school sports ,then college, and are now professional athletes commanding multi-million dollar contracts, they too are “celebrities” and can never be the same people they were just a few short years ago. They are now a “commodity” promoted by “handlers, managers, and marketers” all looking for a piece of the profit.
I don’t think the Gosselins sought “celebrity status”! I think they got caught up in the idea of sharing their family with others and it just grew at a ridiculous pace. Once you are on television and your show becomes a “hit”, it is no longer your show. Now it is a way for the network to promote you and ,market you, and create a “brand “ from you. I think any one of us that was in a position to make $65,000 an episode would take it! Be honest with yourselves before you judge. Who wouldn’t want the peace of mind knowing that your family is financially set, especially when you have 8 children! I think they (especially Kate) got caught up in the attention and the “perks”. The hairdressers and costumers, the caterers, the attention from people everywhere. Good or bad that is what “celebrity” brings.