Written by Guin
Recently, regular poster Marci brought to our attention a discussion at GWoP about whether those who consider “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” to be exploitation should stop watching the show. This has certainly come up before, on GWoP, here, and no doubt on other blogs. But we thought we’d revisit the topic. One poster there (a regular who even contributes show recaps to the blog) expressed disappointment that so many people who felt that the show was exploitive continue to watch. A moderator argued that watching the show constituted “child advocacy”, and that if people didn’t watch, they would be unable to fulfill their roles as child advocates, contact sponsors, etc. Then of course, there is the argument from another GWoP moderator from a while back (which surprised a lot of Gosselin bloggers) that GWoP’s main purpose was not and had never been “advocacy”.
What do you think? Is it okay to watch the show for entertainment purposes if you believe it’s exploitive? Do you believe the argument that a large number of people watch simply to further their efforts to bring the show to an end. Would you watch a television show that you believed was exploiting children?