June 16, 2009

Commentary: Jon & Kate plus 8 little victims?

Posted: 08:55 AM ET

by Wendy Murphy, contributor to the

Officials in Pennsylvania recently revealed that they are investigating whether the popular cable-television show Jon and Kate Plus 8 violates child labor laws. The identity of the person who filed the investigation is confidential, but plenty of people who believe the complaint raises a legitimate concern about the Gosselin kids' well-being are not completely convinced the whole thing isn’t just a publicity stunt. There's good reason to believe both things are true.

Most parents would never knowingly exploit their kids—but even the best parents will fail to see exploitation if they’re looking for it through a lens clouded by serious money. It’s hard to say whether Jon and Kate have crossed the line—but a few disturbing facts raise important questions.

The first episode this season was a banal bit about the sextuplets enjoying their fifth birthday. But past episodes have had some rather odd moments. Wait until the children get old enough to process the episode that showed them getting potty-trained. And how about when the kids we’ve seen picking their noses and having meltdowns become teenagers and have to deal with the cruelty of middle-school bullies with a lifetime of ammunition thanks to YouTube.

Mundane, sweet shows about large family life only last so long. The competitive series 18 Kids and Counting will surely get the ax unless one of the scary perfect Duggar cherubs pierces a body part, touches a body part, or at least mentions a body part real soon.


Filed under: Entertainment • Kate Gosselin

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Quietstorm   June 16th, 2009 5:53 pm ET

I guess I'm the only one commenting on this topic..What I don't understand is why did it take an affair for people to see that Jon and Kate exploit their kids..No one said this before...Maybe this drama between Jon and Kate heightened the situation...I feel for the kids

Dodie ~ California   June 16th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Again, this is another good example why people should NOT have more children than they can afford or take care of!

I also feel The Learning Channel has a huge responsibility by airing families with humongous number of children; thus, influencing those who are “followers” and want to be like “Jon & Kate” It would be scary to find out statics on how many “wannabe Kate+8” women actually have achieved or on the way of achieving the birthing of 8 children.

Now the Learning Channel is airing Octomom with 14 children. What on earth is The Learning Channel’s issue with outrageous sized families??? The children had NO choice and their privacy and rights are completely violated.

The Learning Channel needs to be charged with child abuse along with the parents. Both the Parents and The Learning Channel should be Sued in the name of the children and the monies placed in a trust fund in which the parents can NOT touch!!!.

If anyone cares at all for these children, there needs to be a push for these shows to be immediately pulled off the networks!!!

Vallary   June 16th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

WHY is everybody so concern about these kids, they look like they are doing better than most kids. now that we have drop out in schools, people losing their jobs, homes, etc. and a lot of kids that won't eat over the summer because they are out of school. give me a break about john and kate, he has fooled around and got caught and she as to. they will be fine they don't have to worry about their next meal, or a roof or education. So we as a people need to let it go and stop giving them air time

LANCE-huffman tx.   June 16th, 2009 11:26 pm ET

is that anything like dressing you four old up in a beauty pagaent
installing false treeth. hair do's acting classes, sexual over tones
pushing these kids to the limit of their maturityand beyond. these people are as normal as you and me in their relationship. jon was 22 when he was mamrried and kate i haven't researched he age. it is quite a job they are doing and the best they can to provide for the children. are you jealous.????? do you need someone to pick on to take out your frustations. you need to solve your own problems before you tell someone how to solve theirs. don't we have better things to worry about. if your life is perfect start a foundation to help others other than, clear your own house. i'd rather do good than bad.

als   June 17th, 2009 12:30 am ET

John and kate are laughing all the way to the bank. This fake affair might have been a set up for ratings and money. Who would want either of them they have 8 children. This show pays for education vacation homes etc. These people are not stupid period. When the show fade they will get back together.

LANCE-huffman tx.   June 17th, 2009 12:51 am ET


Avery   June 18th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

It's a tragedy how people so selfishly have children and then so selfishly screw them up! How disgusting that Kate is spanking her children on national televsion! As she would like to say, "Hello?" Spanking is linked to lower self-esteem and sexual deviance and promiscuity later in life. "Hello?" The buttocks is a private part and an errogenous zone. It is a competely barbaric and ineffective way to "disipline" your children. So start saving for therapy Gosslins!!

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