Submitted for publication by Baby Mama.
There has been so much discussion lately with those that seek truth from Jon & Kate. Mostly these people are the ones that oppose the show, but still continue watching in order to have more to talk about regarding the family. So I wonder why everyone is so interested in truth? Is it a person like Jodi, who is obviously now OK with her sister writing on a blog that slams this family? Does she represent to you the meaning of truth? Does a family that refuses to respond or retaliate to the blogging community considered truth? Truth with this family falls into several categories.
1: Family issues aren’t discussed. The more you give anyone the hint of intrigue, the more people pounce thinking they pulled a skeleton out of the closet. Satisfaction knowing they found out something that was supposed to remain hidden. This is what I call “Gray Truth”. What every speculates as fact but no one really knows for sure.
2. Prior “bad rap”. Kate already had issues with the locals not being to happy about her asking for an extended nurse stay for the babies. That’s primarily where the hate blogging started, where people protested their tax dollars going to pay for the needed nurse for at least another 6 months. Also people that helped along the way didn't feel “appreciated.”
3. Children on TV: This is such a hot topic and everyone will agree to disagree whether its ok to have the kids filmed like this for this period of time. There isn’t much TRUTH to be found here.
4. “Love Offerings.” In hindsight this was a great idea. Not accepting the “norm” flat fee for a speaking engagement and just accept what people give you. Problem was, once the family started making money on TV they didn't take into consideration people might not like giving to a family that is no longer struggling. The quick decision should have been to go back to the flat fee thing and not discuss to people “your opinion of struggling”. But it was too late. More “Gray Truth”.
5. Money: Helping the family out of love for them became more about why they weren’t being paid for it. Friends feel entitled to a piece of the action now that they were drained from constantly helping them due to the shows tight time schedule. This is another “GRAY TRUTH”. People can go back and forth till the end of time, but no ones going to ever know the real deal for sure.
6: The closing of small blogs to make one BIG HATE BLOG: When TV blogs like Television Without Pity and Fans of Reality TV had to shut down their blogs due to the outright nastiness a few people decided to start their own blog. Gosselins Without Pity became the snowball it is simply for being able to post whatever they wanted without repercussion. Posting comments only from people that truly have at least one issue with the show. Giving you negative personal information you think you cant get anywhere else. Giving you places to protest the show, and finally the GOLDEN EGG. Jodi’s sister Julie pulls in none other then scorned Jodi herself. This is the biggest “Gray Truth” of all. A relative “she said, she did not say” (Kate).
Bottom line, when people feel that children are treated unfairly for any reason, they will attack. And rightly so. But where do you draw the line? Where do you feel truth is not actually fact but perhaps a “GRAY TRUTH?”
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