Hucksters or Scam Artists

Yes, Jon and Kate are hucksters, because they prey on people who have only the best of intentions.

It's just so offensive, especially when you consider the truly needy in this world. Hell, we have soldiers coming back from Iraq and finding themselves homeless. We still have survivors of Katrina displaced and living in squalid FEMA trailers. We have our World Trade Center survivors and heroes suffering from dastardly lung ailments and cancers from the burning debris and toxic fumes they inhaled during the disaster. We have junkies who desperately want to get straight and get their families and friends back. We have children who go to bed hungry every night. We have genocide in Darfur. We have that nice old lady up the street who is going through a miserably hot summer without running her air conditioner because she can't afford to be cool.

I'll even be a little selfish here...we have people like me, who seem to be sick all of the time but cannot seem to find a cause or reason. Too sick to work. Sometimes too sick to even leave the house. And I am one of the lucky ones...my husband works 80 hour workweeks to support us and get us good health insurance. We have many Americans who are too sick to work and yet are without health insurance or any answers.

And these two able-bodied people have the GALL, the unmitigated AUDACITY, to beg for a living and make their story out to be something worthy of attention and financial compensation. They are scam artists who prey upon the well-intentioned but not too terribly bright, sell their story to them, and reap the rewards. And reap and reap and reap. Mostly in cash and freebies, which are much harder for the Tax Man to track.

And when you consider that they manage to couch it all in The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ, well, let's just say that there is a special place in hell for them, if you believe in that kind of thing. It takes a particular kind of mindset to use others. To use them while utilizing religion puts you in a league with Jim Jones and the People's Temple in Guyana.

I want to know how much money is being put away for the kids.

Reprinted with permission from Laura Linger.

15 comments:

FIONA said...

Without a doubt

SCAM ARTISTS! Shameless, SCAM ARTISTS!

Roger said...

Holy cow...seriously? You seriously think that Jon and Kate are preying on people who have "the best of intentions?" Who would these hapless victims be? And how do Jon and Kate get the appellation "hucksters" when pretty much everyone else who has or is on a reality tv show escapes such a definition? In other words, what singles them out for such a designation?

Serena said...

Holy cow...seriously? You seriously think that Jon and Kate are preying on people who have "the best of intentions?" Who would these hapless victims be? And how do Jon and Kate get the appellation "hucksters" when pretty much everyone else who has or is on a reality tv show escapes such a definition? In other words, what singles them out for such a designation?

Jon and Kate travel regularly, on average two out of four weekends per month, to appear as speakers. The usual venue is a church, where they sit up on stage and talk about their tales of woe from four years ago. Stories about how they were broke and unemployed and had no money -- characterizing themselves in ways that no longer apply to them and haven't for quite some time now.

What they fail to mention is their considerable earnings from doing the show. They don't talk about the freebies and donations that have been steadily showered on them in the past few years. They don't bring up the trip to Disney World, or to a ski resort in Utah where they lived in a rental home charging $1,790 per night. They don't mention the free cosmetic surgeries, the free clothing, the free groceries, the free spa visits, etc., to these people in the audience.

Rather, they go on and on about things like how they had to scrounge around in the couch cushions to meet the mortgage payment. The speak as if this is their current reality, when in fact they most likely make more in one month than many of the people sitting there listenting to them make in a year.

Why do they do all this? For the grand finale -- at the end of their little talk, the basket gets passed around and the people are expected to drop in their "love offerings" to help this poor, strapped family survive day to day.

Classic textbook hucksters.

Anonymous said...

And to add further....All the while they are at their speaking engagements going on and on about how times were so hard and how hard their life is/was, a 'staff' of people are back home taking care of their children, cleaning their house, folding their laundry, ironing their clothes, did I mention, taking care of THEIR children. Wonder how it feels to 'sell your soul to the devil' at the expense of your own children?

Anonymous said...

Don't act like you are all concerned about World Trade Center survivors, Katrina Victims, and people in Darfur either. If you were, you would be calling out our government or stars who act like they care about those causes but still ask for $20 million dollars for 60 or 90 days of work every two years on a film. Why don't you start a blog calling them out focus your energy on bringing them down.

Serena said...

Don't act like you are all concerned about World Trade Center survivors, Katrina Victims, and people in Darfur either. If you were, you would be calling out our government or stars who act like they care about those causes but still ask for $20 million dollars for 60 or 90 days of work every two years on a film. Why don't you start a blog calling them out focus your energy on bringing them down.

People can be involved in more than one cause at a time. The answer to your question can be found in our FAQ section on the home page of this blog -- in particular the first Q&A listed.

Claire said...

Serena, someone in my husband's family heard Jon & Kate speak, & I inquired about their speech - according to this family member, they did not give some bs tale of woe, but rather talked about their blessings in life. Maybe it's time for you to get another hobby?

Stan Coleman said...

As recently as last month (Mother's Day in fact), Kate's speech included a lot of talk about being really pinched financially, having no health insurance, not being sure how they were going to be able to pay the next month's bills, things like that. She did not make it clear if that was current or in the past, but I know from the talk I heard among others in the audience afterwards, a lot of them were clucking over how scary it must be to live like that. There is the definite impression being given that their financial struggles are ongoing instead of behind them.

Claire said...

Stan did you hear the speech yourself? I haven't heard them speak, & I don't even watch their show that often. I'm just surprised to read so many negative sentiments toward these people. I think it's a bit much.

Anonymous said...

I think they did struggle at the beginning, as any young couple would with children (be it one or multiples). I think they have been blessed with with good fortune to have the opportunity to do this show, especially if it enables them to put funds away for college tuition for eight children. I think your comments are mean-spirited and I hope this ways on your conscience.

Serena said...

I think your comments are mean-spirited and I hope this ways on your conscience.

The only thing mean-spirited is Jon and Kate Gosselin deceiving people in order to collect donations from them. My conscience is fine; I wonder how Jon and Kate sleep at night.

FIONA said...

Anonymous,

I have not personally read a single mean-spirited comment on here. I don't think you get the point of this blog....we are just asking that the Gosselin's be truthful and protect their children. I would not call what they are currently doing by deceiving rural church goers that their life is impoverished. Jon and Kate don't give back, they take...and take. And there are 8 other reasons I write on here:
Mady, Cara, Colin, Joel, Aaden, Alexis, Hannah and Leah. If their parent's aren't going to look out for them, I am going to try and help.

Stan Coleman said...

Yes Claire, I did hear it myself, with my own two ears.

Claire said...

Do the people who write these blogs know J&K outside of their show? I'm just wondering how all of this came to be.

Friar Fan said...

I think so many people criticize this show because so many Americans are hurting. They may be losing their homes due to the mortgage situation or losing their jobs because of the economy.

Everyone would like a leg up - why not, it makes it easier.

But to just take advantage of the situation - that is what people are so upset about. I can't imagine using my children to help benefit my life in a financial way. But people have been doing this forever - look at all the child actors and child performers. Very few turn out like Jodie Foster (sane, productive). More turn out like the Coreys and others - trying desperately to get on in life because they do not have the skills to move forward.

I am a Catholic and I really don't understand all the "blessings" that people in other faiths say they receive. I mean - does God only grant "blessings" to Americans. There is a lot of suffering in our world. If I lived in a different country and saw this show, my take away would be that Americans are either lazy or greedy or both.

I hope the children, who are so adorable, find a good path in life. I feel bad anytime I see other people being used.

This is a great blog - you've done a wonderful job with it.