Sunday, November 30, 2008
Is There Another Solution?
Submitted for post by Saint.
If I could rate my feelings toward the show Jon & Kate +8 on a scale of one to ten, with any number below five being "take it off the air," and any number above five being "keep it on," I'd be at a four. When I consider all the issues surrounding the show, I conclude it's a mistake. One issue that concerns me is Coogan's Law, Ca's Child Actor's Bill that addresses working conditions and schooling, and codifies how much of a child's earnings must be reserved in a trust for them until they reach 18 years of age. I understand that Pennsylvania has no such law.
Although some people believe that Jon and Kate are making good decisions about their children's earnings, working hours, and school anyway, I haven't seen anyone argue against laws for child realty-TV "actors" in any state. I think as a matter of justice, the Gosselin children should have money from the earnings of the show set aside for them. However, as a mother, I don't know if I would want a "Coogan's Law" for them. They would have access to a LOT of money at 18 years of age. It might become a temptation to them to misuse, or make them a target of unscrupulous people looking to get that money from them. Is an 18-year-old wise enough handle it? If I were in Jon & Kate's place, I'd think that I would be able to invest and use it more wisely than my child.
What is the solution? We've heard about the "Hollywood" parents who essentially stole their children's earnings before the law, and know about others just as immature as their disaster pop star children. Jon and Kate strike me as competent enough to handle that money for their kids, though, without blowing all of it on spa treatments and golf fees. For example, that home and surrounding property, if it's theirs, was a good deal and a wise investment for a large family. I'm just not so sure that PA needs to pass a law that gives the Gosselin children a ton of money at age 18. Maybe there's another solution? What do you think?
Posted by Nina Bell at 6:08 AM