This email was sent to us by pinkcupcake13, the person who posted the Birmingham Q&A video on youtube. She sent the same email to GWoP.
I'm pinkcupcake13 & I am the one who videoed & posted the Gosselin Q&A in Birmingham on youtube. My only purpose for the video was for a family member that couldn't attend. I only got a few minutes here & there, not the entire, almost hour long session. I have been asked questions on youtube so here are the answers....
The set up was a stage in the corner of a convention center. The event was a Women's show were vendors & stores have booths set up with things for sale. It is an annual event & each day there is some kind of celebrity or entertainment. The following day Marlee Matlin & Fabian Sanchez were there. It costs $8 to get in, but you are paying to walk & shop, not to see the celeb of the day, they are just a bonus. So people weren't paying to see J & K., it was for the entire day.
There were zero rules. J & K were introduced by 2 local radio DJ's. They walked out, to loud cheers & were actually shocked by the overwhleming Alabama welcome. They were gracious, never once acted like they were superior. They chatted about the weather & sweet tea. Then Jon said, "Ask us questions." It was a complete open forum. Anyone could ask anything. We were no prepped before the show. Everyone was taking pictures & videoing, just like I was. I sat maybe 10 feet from them. Someone even asked what it was like to have cameras follow them & Jon said, "Well, we are being taped now!" & motioned to the crowd as he laughed. Some of the questions that were asked were kinda odd, like the Mom of 16, wanting advice for her 15 year old. Kate really didn't know what to say. I mean think about it, who wants to talk about being a Mom to a 15 yr old? I think she handled that the best way she could. And then the potty training question. When that Mom said one of her babies had passed away, everyone in the audiance had the same response as K. It was a bit awkward to even say in that kind of setting. Sorta Negative Nelly, ya know? I mean really what was Kate supposed to do, jump off the stage & go give the lady a hug? There wasn't a way for her too, if she wanted too, since the crowd was so large & the lady was at the back.
Jodi & Beth were not mentioned, but Jon did mention Bob in an answer to working from home. And he didn't do it with malice or his face didn't twitch & Kate didn't have a scowled look in her face, at the mention of his name.
They also said that they do not know when the show will end. They take it season to season. K has kept her nursing license to possibly go back when all the kids are in school full time. The tups are now in 3 day a week preschool. They are moving. J & K were really nice & easy going. They complimented other peoples children. And answered everything that was asked. They joked & bantered with each other & the crowd. After it was over they came to the sides of the stage & chatted with others & took pictures. Then they went to sign autographs. The line was super long or I would have stayed. There was no mention of college funds or $20 pictures. No poor us statements. It was just asking 2 people questions, that's all. If they thought so highly of themselves I would think there would more restrictions & things wouldn't be so free. They were pleasant & warm, believe me us Southerner's know when someone is full of themselves. :)
I have been aware of this blog & others, so I was a bit afraid of even posting this on youtube. I didn't want anything I played a part in, being taken & used for those who apparently find joy in bashing & tearing apart others character. I wasn't completely shocked that my videos were posted on your blog, I was just surprise at how quickly, it was less then 12 hrs after I uploaded them. There must be someone who spends alot of time trying to find anything & everything out about this family.
I am a fan of Jon & Kate, but I do not believe they are perfect peopleby any means, because no one is perfect. They are normal people, who God chose to give 8 healthy beautiful children too & now they find themselves in an extraordinary situation. We will all find fault with each other, but I do not believe in being so brutal & absolutely mean. It is one thing to say you don't agree with things, but you cross the line with the personal attacks. I'm not nessesarily directing it to you that run this blog, but to those that run like pironas to the bait. I know some say that they are doing this out of care & concern for the kids, but really when you step back & look at all that is being said, is it really in the best interest of these kids? And does Kate's reported behavior give others the excuse to act with such vicious intent? I think everyone needs to stop & remember we are ALL human. And if each of us lived under a microscope, what things would be found that some would not agree with? As I know because I have been guilty of it in situtations, when you go into looking at things with an already formed opinion & think negatively about it, then all you are going to see is negativity. And you will then pick every tiny thing apart. Making even something as simple as a look or sigh, into the what you believe it meant.
I truly believe in what goes around comes around. Do to others, what you would have them do to you. And if Kate & Jon are these horrible people that according to some that they are, then it will come back around. It's no ones place to be their judge & conscious. You reap what you sow & that also goes for the words that are typed in comments & blogs. Words can never be taken back. So, I would be careful with how freely you let those words fly, because one day you may be reminded of something you said. And then it will be too ate.
Know that I am not coming from a place of anger, but out of not understanding how people think they are justified in all this bitterness. I have deleted the videos from youtube, since 2000 got to see them.
Have a blessed weekend.