Alright, I admit it. I have been lurking around the Internet googling and reading everything I could get my hands on about the TV show "Jon and Kate plus 8" ever since I started watching it in March. I loved this show. The more I watched the new shows as well as the reruns that I would Tivo, the more I wanted to know. A woman obsessed. On a mission to find out every detail.
Now, sadly, I regret that I did that. Way too much information out there. Admittedly it is my fault. I should have just watched the show like I do any other that I watch and take it for what it is worth. But no, I had to read every blog and every message board and let me tell you - it is not pretty. It is like a war zone out there and the Gosselins appear to be the enemy.
Bloggers are saying that they are bad parents and that the children are being exploited and have lost any sense of normalcy or privacy in their lives. Jon and Kate have been diagnosed with a multiple of psychiatric illnesses by different bloggers and a variety of medications have been suggested ( some of these people have a little bit too much familiarity with all of this). Bloggers have even threatened to call the Department of Family and Children Services on them.
Should they surrender and wave the white flag? Stop production of their show and go back to their busy probably somewhat difficult lives that they had before the show? I think not. Give them a break. They are just doing what many other people would do in similar circumstances and I for one can not see that the children are being harmed.
The posts that I am reading on different blogs are hurtful, disrespectful and destructive. I know that they have put themselves into this position and should expect some of this, but no one deserves this. A better question is, how did we get to this? Jealousy? Boredom? A whole lot of time on our hands?