Q. What is the mission of this blog?
A. There isn’t one. The word “mission” suggests a higher calling or a goal we wish to achieve. The intention of this blog is to allow balanced discussion of the show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” and to discuss issues surrounding the show. Whether you are pro-Gosselin or anti-Gosselin, or somewhere in between, we want to give you a chance to be heard.
Q. The posts here don’t seem to be “balanced” - there seem to be more pro-Gosselin and anti-GWoP posters here. Why is that?
A. The content on this blog is largely driven by the people who submit blog entries and the people who post comments in response to blog entries. The vast majority of comments that are submitted are published. Therefore, the “slant” of this blog is simply a result of the people who choose to visit and post here. If the posters who object to the supposed bias would submit opposing viewpoints instead of complaining about the lack of opposing viewpoints, there would likely be more balance.
Q. Why do you spend so much time talking about GWoP? Doesn’t that make you filled with hate against them in the same way you claim that GWoP is filled with hate against the Gosselins?
A. We talk about GWoP because they are one of the biggest driving forces around the J & K controversy. It is next to impossible to have a discussion about the controversy without talking about the ones pointing the finger at the family.
Additionally, many of us disagree strongly with the apparent contradiction between advocating for children and running a gossip blog.
Again, the content here is driven by the posters who participate. Visitors are encouraged to submit blog entries discussing other aspects of the show that interest them.
Q. Is GDNNOP a pro-Gosselin site?
A. Every point of view on the Gosselins and their show is welcome here. If there is a dominant point of view regarding Jon and Kate, it is probably that they are both flawed and not always likeable, but are far from being the monsters they are portrayed as being by the anti-Gosselin contingent. The majority of regular posters here could probably not be characterized as either Gosselin cheerleaders or Gosselin haters, but fall somewhere in between these two extremes.
Q. Isn’t your blog just a rip-off of GWoP?
A. GWoP borrowed its name, and to some degree, its policy on posting and moderating comments from TWoP (Television without Pity). There is nothing new under the sun, and obviously, some aspects of this blog were inspired by GWoP. It is not intended, however, as a “rip-off”, but rather a counterpoint.
Q. Do you worship or idolize the Gosselins?
A. While there have been a few (very few) enthusiastic pro-Gosselin posts on this blog since its inception, most regular contributors, again, fall in the middle of the spectrum, neither adoring nor abhorring Jon and Kate Gosselin. While passionate pro-Gosselin posts (as well as passionate anti-Gosselin posts) will certainly be published assuming they don’t violate any posting rules, they do not represent the view of the blog owner nor do they necessarily reflect the view of the typical poster.
Q. Don’t you agree that what the Gosselins are doing to their children exploitative?
A. There is no one opinion here on that issue. It’s definitely one that is worthy of discussion and debate.
Q. Since you don’t agree with what is written at GWoP, does that mean that you are not in favor of advocating for the Gosselin children?
A. On the contrary, we are in favor of the Gosselin children being afforded the safeguards that all children should be afforded (whether they are in the industry or not). What we are “against” is the name-calling, diagnosing, and general putting down of said children from people who are not professionals. We are against people invading the privacy of these children and their family. We strongly believe that one’s status as a celebrity does not give the general public the right to stalk and harass.
A. There’s really no difference between GWoP and GDNNOP.
Q. First of all, that’s not a question. But actually, there is a difference. For one, this blog is dedicated to publishing all comments, regardless of point of view, as long as they do not violate posting policies. The same cannot be said of GWoP; the experience of many posters is that most comments that did not conform to the conventional wisdom at GWoP were not posted, no matter how politely they were written. Furthermore, this blog does not claim a mission or advocacy on behalf of anyone. The only purpose here is discussion, and while posters are of course free to pursue advocacy of whatever causes they wish to, no one is encouraged or expected to do so.