Submitted for publication by JJ.
I have been following this blog for a few weeks now. A friend told me about it and after looking at the GWOP site I found it a welcome change. I have watched the show and feel that it is pretty much like any other Reality Show: a little slot of time where I get to peek into the lives of someone else and get a glimpse (not the real picture) of what their lives are about. Jon and Kate Plus 8 is enjoyable because the kids are so cute. I admire anyone who can handle eight kids and not want to jump off a building at the end of the day! I don’t feel that it is up to me to worry about the relationship between Jon and Kate because I know, “it’s a Reality Show” and there are camera crews in the house! Who knows, except their closest friends and family what they are really like! Just like Flipping Out or The Lohans, or Tori and Dean, if there wasn’t drama, no one would watch!
What I don’t get is why the viewers are so passionate about Jon and Kate Plus 8! On this blog I have read posts where the writers are almost coming to blows with those who feel the opposite opinion about the show. Name calling, insults, putdowns, accusations all about a Reality Show! This makes no sense to me! The passion these readers feel is unbelievable to me. I know most of the viewers are women and from the posts that I have read, educated ,concerned, caring women. I wish I could harness that passion and concern for causes that would unite us.
I live in Southern California. Do you know that in November California will be the highest taxed state in the Country? I am passionate about the fact that I may not be able to retire here because I can’t afford it! I am passionate about the fact that my 22 year old son will not be able to buy a house here. I am passionate about the fact that I am in the Insurance business and talk to people every day, middle income people, who do not have Health Insurance for their children. I am passionate about the fact that our kids do not know how to use the library or an encyclopedia or write an original term paper or spell correctly because they are on the computer or texting on their phone all day. I am passionate about the fact that our children have no “real heroes” anymore because they are impressed by athletes and rappers because they drive cars whose monthly note is more than most people’s mortgage.
What I wish is that I could harness all the passion from readers on both sides of the GWOP blogs and get them involved in something that truly affects the lives of their own families, not a Reality Tv family. The Gosselins are set. They will have all the money they need to take care of their family in a style they would never have dreamed of. They no longer have the worries and concerns that we do and that’s the “reality”.