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"The decision to move forward with filming the Gosselin’s separation process is undeniably an exploitation of a family’s deterioration for financial gain. Many will chalk this scenario up to the whims of a free market. While Jon and Kate’s exhibitionist tendencies may give them the resolve to endure this type of exposure, their motivation to keep their children at the center of the public malaise is highly suspect. These are children who will be experiencing one of the most emotionally vulnerable periods of their lives in front of a camera simply to continue satisfying their parent’s personal and material desires. Doesn’t it seem odd that any parent would justify this form of invasiveness as a character building exercise or positive life learning experience for their young ones? That the show is the Gosselin’s primary source of income is also a feeble excuse for these actions. Just like many other devoted parents do, there are multiple ways to support a family without resorting to such crass forms of exhibitionism."


Entire article.

159 comments:

konspiracytheory said...

Excellent - especially the photo that accompanies the article - not a single child looks even remotely happy.

Jon minus Kate- finally! said...

The biggest gift I gave my children is the gift of privacy- as they got older I reminded myself and my husband that we cannot discuss private details of their lives with others. Why the Gosselins think this will not affect their children is just plain crazy- those kids will pay in many ways.

The Jet said...

Awesome article. Fantastic. Really summed up a lot of my thoughts on the matter.

I'm afraid things will get worse though. The one silver lining in the black cloud of divorce here would be that getting the courts involved means getting a third party involved in what is best for the children. For once, I wouldn't mind a meddlesome, activist family court judge choosing to insert himself/herself into every detail of this family's life, including deciding when/if filming of this travesty continues in addition to who gets custody.

Regardless, I do not see any way that this does not get very, very ugly from here on out. Why, oh why can't they go to counseling and just GET IT?!?!

Snerk said...

Perhaps because counseling requires that dreaded four letter word - WORK and also taking an objective look at oneself and oh another dreaded word - change.

goawayJandK said...

I have not watched the show in a very long time, couldn't take it anymore.

What I discovered about myself this week :

How much contempt I could have for someone like K8, yet I have never met her, don't know her personally.

How much sadness and admiration I could have for someone like MJ, yet I have never met him , don't know him personally.

cheetah2000 said...

Phenomenal article! The best I have read. Intelligent, thoughtful and it hits on so many of the important issues in the Jon & Kate debate. A definitely great read.

showbiz said...

Please email Kate's publisher and ask her not to publish Kate's cookbook. If Kate's book is canceled, the trash stage mom can't tour the country with her romantic linked silver hair bodyguard and leave her children behind.

Maureen Girkins is the rep for Kate's book
http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/ContactUs.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

sickened said...

Out of curiosity due to recent events, I went to the Gosselin webpage. The fact that they haven't taken this page down is disgusting to me.

But, here's what really did it for me.

To quote Kate, "All in all, we are so glad we are on this journey. It has been so positive overall and has helped so many people. It's what God wants for us....and we are glad you have decided to join us!

1) It's helped so many people? Who? Honestly Kate, who? The kind people in churches across the nation that gave you love offerings? They sure could have used that money for better things. Kate, the only person it has helped is you. Not your children, not your husband/marriage, not even your in-laws. In fact, it has harmed those people. You have been the only person of "benefit" in this horror story. Oh, except for TLC.

2. This is what God wants for your family? Really? He must have thought to himself, "I really want those Gosselins to have lots of material things, a big house, nannies, play houses, trips, cars, and organic treats. Also, I want them to have a heart-wrenching divorce and public affairs. I want them to be estranged from their family and to take money from churchgoers. Oh and I want those adorable kids to be miserable and exploited." Think again Kate. And if you mention God's plan ever again, unless it involves ending the show for the sake of your children, SHAME ON YOU.

ICExploitation said...

Poor Mr. Semino, despite his credentials he will still receive e-mails from the Sheeple branding him a jellus hater.

jonandkatewho? said...

Loved that article. Thanks for posting it.

The parents just don't get it. They are blinded by the cash and can't see two feet in front of them.

Becky Q in PA said...

Snerk said: Perhaps because counseling requires that dreaded four letter word - WORK and also taking an objective look at oneself and oh another dreaded word - change.
***
People with personality disorders don't think there's anything wrong with them and are not troubled by either their behavior or the consequences of it, so counseling wouldn't help if um, theoretically, someone in that couple has such a disorder.

SadieMoon said...

It is ridiculous when they claim that they must do the show to financially support the children. They are already worth 10 million. If they think they need more, they should generate it in a much less invasive way. The Goselin crazed public would pay well for a once per year book of phot spreads. Call it the Family Scrapbook. Don't invade the children's lives every week, but, if you must, take some photos of them for the income to maintain the lifestyle.

abbie said...

Oh yeah we have the cookbook tour coming up....Hope someone asks her to her face about her statement she made during one episode that
"real cooks- or good cooks-don't need a recipe book, they just make up ingredients and approximate amounts.'
So, I for one won't be buying a cookbook by ANYONE who has the above mindset towards cooking. Did she go to culinary school too? No? Guess she's the expert on that too
I feel sorry for any kid who has to eat 100% organic. That's not only extremely epensive, most of it tastes terrible JMO.

BE said...

Today's paper had a small article about the Gosselin's going private with their family situation. It's about time!!!

jojow said...

What an extraordinary article. Incredibly intelligent, well-written and to the point. The only small part I take issue with is "while Jon and Kate love and discipline their children in much the same way as other good parents do and should be commended for those qualities". I suppose many parents do treat their children as Jon and Kate do (and worse, of course), but I don't approve of that either and hardly think it's commendable.

Other than that, the article is incredible. He touches on Jon and Kate's immense greed, the children's innocense and lack of voice, and even questions whether the money they have earned will be there for the kids. He also seems to take TLC to task for perpetuating the nightmare.

I hope this article gets picked up by more mainstream media (NY Times, etc.) The time has come.

Ms.Peach said...

This is the most comprehensive and compelling article I have ever read regarding the Gosselin phenomena in our society. This article alone should at least bring pause to those who continue to watch and enable the show to continue with high ratings. It is my hope that more articles like this are released and make their way to the more popular news sources other than tabloids to reach a wide audience.

Unfortunately, many viewers(voyeurs) are fascinated with being a part of this family and are eagerly awaiting the divorce segments. If two adults want to go public with their divorce and people want to watch, then that's one thing, but to "force" children to participate in this life changing event on TV is a new low for our society.

TexasHere said...

"The “Jon & Kate Plus 8” franchise is now complete with merchandise, best selling books, overflowing book signings at malls, public speaking engagements and repeated tours of the national talk show circuit. The public can’t seem to get enough."

The only thing I find wrong about this statement is the last line. Its not that the public can't get enough, its just they/Kate is always out in public with the appearances, speaking engagements and booksignings. Apparently, some people misinterpret her public appearances as the public really wants to see her. In other words, the public can't get away from her! We are trying to avoid her but she keeps popping up! Right?

WomanMother said...

WOW. I didn't even read the entire article yet but just that first paragraph HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD PERFECTLY!!!!!!! Seriously, that first paragraph made me want to don a cheerleading outfit and do somersaults.

Off to read the entire article....

overwithKON~~~ said...

GREAT article,thanks for sharing!

One question. And I know that everyone of us here has had this thought.

But really, with alllllll of this coming out now and all the skeletons that are so obvious in k8 and janes lives, how can they continue to 1. lie, 2. stay in the public eye(I dont care what kind of statment they made, they will be in th public eye) and 3. not feel some sort of remorse for all the lies, and just plain bad things they have done????? (to their children if no one else)

If anyone said anything remotely close to what is said on this site(and it was true), about me. I could not live with myself. I would be so ashamed, I would crawl in a hole and die.

I am so glad that almost everyone is seeing the forest throught the trees tho now! It is amazing to me how long they did get away with this innocent charade.

done deal said...

As far a the Crookbook is concerned.
Yesterday Zondervan is announcing the books cancellation.

Mother of Six said...

The following is an e-mail I sent to the publishers of Kate's cookbook. I hope that more individuals will be moved to speak out against those who would profit from child exploitation. In my opinion putting out a cookbook is one more reason for Kate to leave her children behind with a nanny.
Here is the e-mail:

I was wondering if the cookbook would be coming out? I am actually offended that anyone who claims not to use recipes would be putting out a book. Will the cookbook include no measurements? I for one will not be buying a book that will force a mother to leave her children for book tours especially in light of the damage these children must be enduring on a daily basis with their parents marital demise. I feel strongly as a mother of 6 that there is no financial gain for the sake of my children that warrants me being away from them for extended periods of time. Yes, there are other moms with lots of kids who do not make tons of money from book deals. How can we manage...we make due with what we have. They are called hand me downs and pinching it and I am proud of it, so in our economy if you can print a book about that; I would buy it! Don't try to sell me a book written by a Rich Woman who had a ton of kids and now wants to pawn off her Grandiose cooking ideas on the masses. WE ARE NOT BUYING IT!!!!!
No wonder she would never post her silly concoctions on the website all those episodes ago. She had it all planned out. Sickening REALLY!
Don't worry I made up my own mixture of goodies for my kids and it did not require the use of her, no doubt lie filled, cookbook !
This is just the opinion of one of the consumers who will not be buying books profiting from child exploitation!

I hope you actually heed the public sentiment and cancel the book
altogether!

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in this matter.
Maureen Girkins is the rep for Kate's book
http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/ContactUs.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

Yolanda said...

"real cooks- or good cooks-don't need a recipe book, they just make up ingredients and approximate amounts."

Kate has been credited with making that statement and it's being used as a reason NOT to buy her "cookbook".

However, isn't that a reason why someone would want to buy a cookbook? My husband is a cook (by profession) and he never follows a recipe (unless he's baking, which almost always requires exact amounts). But he throws together a better pot of soup WITHOUT a recipe than I ever could WITH a recipe.

And amongst people that know us, they would buy my husband's cookbook before they would buy mine (if he ever decides to sit down and write out his recipes, that is).

By the way - if you want an awesome quick recipe for salsa, just ask. I finally sat down and wrote his recipe as he was making a quick version of his very very good chunky salsa.

Anyway - just wanted to throw in my two cents about this.

And with that all said, please know I would NEVER buy Kate Gosselin's cookbook ever, because she plagarizes recipes, not creates them.

But I do think it's true - real cooks don't use recipes when creating dishes - they're creating them.

BarbMae said...

What an excellent article. But alas nothing will change for these children. Kate is hell bent on forging a career for herself that she will never let anyone come in her way. She has already threw Jon away and well, as the past two years have shown she cares very little for how her children feel or want to do. She thinks buying them the house is their gift for all their hard work in filming. NOT!! Kate the big mansion is a house and still is not a home. I'm sure J&K have set aside college funds for the kids but I am sure that as greedy as they are nothing else has been set aside. Kate will still pop up in pictures everyday running errands or sitting on her white throne in the front of the house. Yes Kate's cookbook is on the back burner but Kate's PR people are working feverishly to revamp and revise it and I am sure that the book will still come out in the fall because Kate will want it to come out. All the points in this article regarding Kate are truthful, but fame, money and greed has turned Kate into a monster that will stop at nothing to attain what she wants.

Bonnie said...

How I wish this man could represent the kids in the court.

So well written, so compassionate, so spot on!

Sis said...

Mods, thank you so much for putting that on your front page.

PA Midstate Mommy said...

My favorite quote in the article: "Kate's delusional sense of self-importance." Wow, this guy really hit the nail on the head! I only hope that current and potential advertisers, and anyone with any influence reads this article.

Sue in PA said...

TexasHere said...
The only thing I find wrong about this statement is the last line. Its not that the public can't get enough, its just they/Kate is always out in public with the appearances, speaking engagements and booksignings. Apparently, some people misinterpret her public appearances as the public really wants to see her.

********************

Unfortunately, there are still a mass amount of people that want to see Kate. Just go to one of many other sites that discuss the show. It is rare to see a negative comment. And look at the number of people that show up for the book signings. They wrap around the building. She is still extremely popular, as are the kids. The only one who may be hurting in popularity is Jon since he is seen as evil for seeing other women.

it'sNotCheatingWhenYoureSeparated said...

Best, most concise, well written article on the Gosselins. I particularly like "delusional sense of self-importance" when referring to Kate.

chesterctymom said...

Wow.

This article is right on and will hopefully have someone step in to protect the children's earnings.

Niya said...

I wrote Zondervan the following

********************
Dear Ms. Girkins,

I am a Christian woman, mother of 4 and I used to watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 when it first began. In the beginning it seemed to be about a young Christian family and their genuine struggles with multiples.

That has all since changed. I now wonder if there was ever any reality to it all or was the public being lied to and fleeced from the very beginning. I guess on that point we will never know.

What we can know though is that what the Gosselins are today is a disgusting display of greed, narcissism and lies.

Kate Gosselin has become the poster woman for what American women strive NOT to be.

No one wants to be known as the most narcissistic, abusive, fake woman in America, yet those are the very words to describe Kate Gosselin.

She is more than willing to pimp her own 8 children to the highest bidder. She is willing to lie, cheat and steal and throw her husband under the bus; all so she can enlarge her bank account.

As a supposed Christian publishing company, I implore Zondervan to not publish her book of lies to further line her pockets on the backs of her 8 innocent children.

I will boycott all things Zondervan if that book ever sees the printing presses and will encourage my huge network of friends to do the same.

Thank you,

Niya

makeawish said...

Today's paper had a small article about the Gosselin's going private with their family situation. It's about time!!!

J & K Gosselin have been claiming for weeks on end that 'they are handling the situation privately'. But yet there have been three People magazine exclusives first Kate, then Jon, then Kate again, devoted to the 'situation'. Not to mention the daily photo releases on JustJared. J & K lawyers probably wish that J & K would make an effort to 'go private' with their family 'situation' but it appears to me, especially with regards to Kate Gosselin, proving herself worthy in the 'court of public opinion' is the #1 priority.

We can see what it is said...

You are SO correct about Kate's arrogance. She will spurt out an answer for everything..even if she has to make it up. Funny how she can always explain something away.
Plus, she is NEVER wrong. It is very sick how she is blameless in this whole fiasco. She loves saying its Jon's fault, the pap's, the gossip magazines, or even the 'family',
but never Kate. Serious delusions of granduer.

so irritated said...

Fantastic article, so well written and spot on. Here's my favorite passage:

"On the other hand, Kate, with burning ambition and drive in her eyes and a somewhat delusional sense of self-importance, is using the show as a platform to become a bona fide television personality."


My hope is that Katie Irene and her obsessive control, her refusal to treat Jon like a husband and partner (ultimately resulting in their eventual divorce) has killed her "brand." What sweet irony that would be if she brings about her own downfall. I know there are die-hard sheeple out there, but I think Kate has really shot herself in the foot with this one. As the divorce announcement played out, the sheeple went into super defense mode because that's what they do. Defend J&K first (mostly K) and think later. As this has time to sink in, hopefully many will come to realize and be offended by the many lies of the Gosselins. The claims of devout faith in Christianity, which seem to have disappeared and the renewing of their vows in front of their children and God, when they knew they most likely wouldn't be together in the next few weeks are some real ethical whoppers.

I hope this "hiatus" will help many to realize this show stopped being entertainment a long time ago and out of respect for the children, they turn the channel.

moi said...

PA Midstate Mommy said...
My favorite quote in the article: "Kate's delusional sense of self-importance." Wow, this guy really hit the nail on the head!


Precisely! I couldn't have said it better myself.

Darlin', with your bodyguard and your free clothes and your plastic surgery, your "Don't you know who I am??" ... you aren't fooling anyone. Next!

WhoDidWhatFirst said...

Niya said...
I wrote Zondervan the following

...................................

Niya, I too wrote to Zondervan - almost the same words that you used and I have written more than once. Unfortunately, I got only a "form" letter response. Hopefully they are getting so much mail they don't have time to write individual replies. I hope they listen to the christian people to whom they owe their success. I know if they proceed with this crookbook I will never allow anything published by them in my home.

bedonenow said...

Fabulous essay and too bad that it will have little impact. Perhaps someone who can eventually be granted some legal standing to protect the interests of the children can use this fine writing as a "Friend of the Court" brief.

The writer brings up another good point - the set-aside of financial assests for the 8 minors. On this good site and others, bloggers say "they have made enough money to provide for many years". I suggest that we stop assuming that. Just because you and I would set up college trust funds, pay off a home, bank and invest money in the names of our children, help out relatives, doesnt mean that's what these parents have done.

For all we know they are going through the money faster than we can even imagine. It is likely that when all is revealed in court, we find there are virtually no real assests for the children. At the very least everything that is in anyway touchable is in Katie's name alone - "mine, all mine!". Jon and the children are likey quite penniless, at the mercy of Kate's good graces for any need or want. That includes medical care and health needs. And it wont be long before she resents writing out those checks for private schools and resenting the kids for the 'waste' of her hard earned money. This expense alone will justify the continued exploitation in her mind - BECAUSE THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SET ASIDE TO ALLOW THE CHILDREN TO CONTINUE THEIR CURRENT EDUCATION, LET ALONE COLLEGE AND BEYOND!

GAmom said...

It is refreshing and a great sign that this thread only has 35 comments a day after it was posted- could that be a sign that the death march is on for the show??

lawgirl1982 said...

This is truly an excellent article. I wish it could be posted on Kate's fake blog!

Rebecca F. said...

Wow. I never have to read a discussion about Jon and Kate again. This article summarized everything beautifully.

SundayRose said...

Niya said...
I wrote Zondervan the following

********************
Dear Ms. Girkins,

I am a Christian woman, mother of 4 and I used to watch Jon & Kate Plus 8 when it first began. In the beginning it seemed to be about a young Christian family and their genuine struggles with multiples.

That has all since changed. I now wonder if there was ever any reality to it all or was the public being lied to and fleeced from the very beginning. I guess on that point we will never know.

What we can know though is that what the Gosselins are today is a disgusting display of greed, narcissism and lies.

Kate Gosselin has become the poster woman for what American women strive NOT to be.

No one wants to be known as the most narcissistic, abusive, fake woman in America, yet those are the very words to describe Kate Gosselin.

She is more than willing to pimp her own 8 children to the highest bidder. She is willing to lie, cheat and steal and throw her husband under the bus; all so she can enlarge her bank account.

As a supposed Christian publishing company, I implore Zondervan to not publish her book of lies to further line her pockets on the backs of her 8 innocent children.

I will boycott all things Zondervan if that book ever sees the printing presses and will encourage my huge network of friends to do the same.

Thank you,

Niya
_________________________
Niya, your letter to Zondervan is outstandingly done! It is an eye-opener and you just may have opened theirs into cancelling Kate's cookbook for good. I emailed them as well.

Amanda said...

Just thought you all would like to know that it's being "reported" that Kate's cookbook has been shelved.

http://thesuperficial.com/2009/07/kate_gosselins_cookbook_shelve.php

momto5 said...

I also agree, the BEST article ever written on the Gosselin family. A brilliant recap of this very dysfunctional family. I truly believe the end is near for all things Gosselin. From what I read the ratings were horrible for Monday's show. I think people are over the Gosselins. I predict in a few years their empire will crumble, if they do not make smart financial decisions now. Very soon, nobody will be interested in them, the show or their merchandise and their financial gravy train will end. But from the looks of their newly rich aqquired taste, they are spending it as fast as it comes in. If you keep spending $250.00 on shoes, etc. you will go broke fast. And Ed Hardy is really expensive from what I have seen. I also wonder what sheeple seem to think they have in common with Kate?? She could care less about them. As soon as she had the chance she upgraded her life and status, to the point that is not relatable to the average person anymore. I am glad Zondervan is cancelling the book, it is a farce like the Gosselins.
I have limited computer experience, for those of you who know how to link, please forward this article to sponsors, Zondervan, anyone or company the Gosselins use. This article is powerful and could change the minds of many who have an interest in dealing with Jon and Kate. This could help the kids get real privacy, not the fake privacy Jon and Kate say they want. Thanks.

Cathryn said...

abbie said...

"I feel sorry for any kid who has to eat 100% organic. That's not only extremely epensive, most of it tastes terrible JMO."

Huh? "Organic" simply means produced without pesticides or hormones. If one can afford it, great. You might be confusing the term with stereotypical "health foods" and packaged foods made with all natural ingredients. Seems like a petty thing to complain about.

I'm glad the article brings up Jon's desire to profit from his children while avoiding being a parent. Many people seem to be taking his side and ignoring the fact that he's just as sleezy as Kate.

nj2az07 said...

WOW! Fantastic article!!
More people need to read these types of articles.
Hello People, us weekly!! Stop printing pro-kate crap!

Aunty Anne said...

Niya, your letter writing is excellent!

Connie said...

I DO SO hope the TLC President lady, whatever her name is, sees this and reads it carefully.

I don't see how she can deny she is pushing the Gosselins every step of the way.

I just feel Jon could not read this and continue on with his part of the show.

Cut them slack said...

Jon. On the next visitation weekend, take ALL eight kids to McDonalds and get the young ones a Happy Meal and the twins whatever they want. You once said on air that the kids have NEVER eaten fast food..EVER. You said it proudly. I think that was Kate, not you, so let them ONCE get a taste of what many kids occasionally look forward too as a treat.

Sidney said...

By some of the things Kate has said about her own childhood, I feel her parents were very controlling.

Kate, consciously or unconsciously, decided she would never be controlled again.

Perhaps that is why she feels she always needs to have the last word and things must always be done her way.

If she ever wants to change her personna, she will need lots of help, and I wonder if she would lower herself to that.

Sick of J&K said...

Naj described Kate's supporters as
"Basically, they're low IQ, vapid and very very shallow."

And I add they are JUST LIKE KATE!

Connie said...

I got this from Matt Semino in return for an email I sent him, thanking him for being a hero for the Gosselin kids.

How very refreshing not to have received some canned reply!



Hi Connie - Thank you very much for your kind email and for taking the time to read my piece. I greatly appreciate your sentiments. My motivation for writing this article was to bring to light the problematic issues I see with this family, the show, advertisers and the entire establishment that supports what is essentially a business built off of the backs of innocent children. It really needs to stop now and be made an example of for the future. It can be done if enough people stop following and supporting the entities that profit from shows like "Jon & Kate". If there is no money to be made, there will be no shows like this to make in the first place. By spreading this message, we can all collectively make a change. Please feel free to forward this article to anyone who cares about this issue or you think should! Thanks for your help in spreading the word. I look forward to staying in touch.

Best Regards,

Matt Semino

Stacy said...

As of last Monday's big "announcement" I have banned myself from all J&K+8 media. Then a friend mentioned to me that they plan on continuing taping, adding in Jons GF. That disgusting me beyond belief. I am not not only banning all things J&K (save this blog at times), but now TLC is blocked on my TV. I simply cannot contribute to the horrible future that is being hurled at those beautiful children.

Judy said...

This is probably the best article written about the Gosselins to date. I hope Aunt Jodi sees it and adds it to her blog. I would hope that Jon and Kate see it, but I truly believe they have convinced themselves that the show is doing absolutely nothing negative to their children, nor will they ever experience negative consequences from it, so no amount of rational thought will help them make a better choice.

NoUser4Kate said...

Fantastic article. Thanks for posting it and I have passed it along.

vixen said...

Over the last couple of weeks, along with all of you, I have been thinking a lot about this whole Jon & Kate situation. Why did I ever watch this show? What was it about this show that I enjoyed?

When I thought long and hard about the show, I realized that I watched this show to feel better about myself. Was this selfish on my part? I guess it really was. When all heck was breaking loose in my life, I could come home from my stressful job, put the kids to bed, ignore the husband for a bit and watch Jon & Kate. No matter how rough my day was, I could watch this show and feel better. I could think "Wow, I could have eight kids to deal with instead of my two. How would I ever deal with that?" It made my life seem a whole lot easier and made me feel a lot better.

vixen said...

Part II...

I could watch Kate and see how organized she was and how patient both she and Jon were. I could also see the bright smiling kids and enjoy how this large family handled everyday tasks. It was not anything fancy or unusual, just a very large family doing everyday things. I could watch the same episodes more than once and still really enjoy them.

At some point, Jon and Kate started doing some things on their own. Aunt Jody would watch the kids and I was amazed that an aunt would agree to watch all of those children. She had such a special touch and did really fun things with the kids. I really enjoyed watching her. Then, it seemed that a friend became involved and Jon and Kate left their kids with her while they went off and did something. At this point, I thought, OK, that is really nice, but not many people have friends or relatives that will watch their kids for a weekend. I was amazed that the Gosselins did.

At some point after this, Kate got a tummy tuck. I thought, OK, that makes sense because she had probably put her body through the wringer. Then, maybe I started getting a bit jealous. Yes, I didn't have that many kids, but a tummy tuck would be nice. Ok, this is just one of those perks that they get for doing the show. Not long after that, I started realizing that Jon & Kate were really pushing the "organic" bit. I thought, "OK, that is their right. But how on earth can they afford this? Most people cannot."

I think I started watching the show with a new perspective. No longer was this about the "everyday" family dealing with issues, it started to become something else. I watched the family go to Park City (one of my favorite places on earth) and stay in The Canyons resort. I had worked at the Salt Lake City Olympics and had the opportunity to attend a party at The Canyons. I knew it was a very exotic place and not something most people could afford. (That is where "The Today Show" filmed from the Olympics.) Gosh, I wish I could spend a week at The Canyons with my two kids...

At some point after this, I saw the teasers for the teeth whitening and the hair plugs. This was the final turning point for me. This show was no longer what it had started out to be. I didn't want to watch a family do all kinds of things that a normal family could not afford to do. I didn't want to watch "Life Styles Of The Rich & Famous." That's not what I liked about this show. It was over for me.

I would like to think that I would have handled fame differently, but maybe I wouldn't have. Would I have taken the freebies, probably? Would I have continued to portray a life that didn't really exist--I hope not. Would I ever consider getting out of the situation and doing my own thing? No. Would I have asked the state for help? No. This was a decision that I made. Although no one mentions this in regards to Jon & Kate (vs. Octomom), how did they end up with seven fetuses (I believe they lost one)? Where were the medical ethics experts then? What doctor implanted all of those embryos? They chose this life and now they have to deal with it. Was Jon too young to have these kids? Probably, but they went ahead and had fertility right away to have twins. Then, they had it again. They should have expected at least twins. It is irresponsible that they ended up with six. But they chose that life. They need to stick with it. The price of freebies and fame is the paparazzi and the world talking about your life. You cannot have part of it without the other. I just wish they would realize that they need to suck it up and be parents now. Get real jobs and support their family in a way that does not involve the public eye.

Just my two cents...

Save The Children said...

The only way the Jon & Kate madness is going to stop is if people boycott the show and its advertisers. No money..no honey. Tell everyone to do this..if they need convincing, send them this article or any others that prove your point. If everyone works together, they can work to stop the needless exploitation of children in the entertainment business.

Michelle said...

ok, I finally did it. I wrote to Zondervan. I can't believe that I have done so but feel that there is too much at risk if I don't. And before the ney sayers call me a housewife...I am a single (divorced) mom of 2 who has been divorced for 10 years and I know what can happen to kids who aren't in the spotlight and fear greatly for the 8 who don't have a choice in the matter.

Here's my letter:

Good evening,

I am writing to you to ask that you reconsider the cookbook planned for Kate Gosselin. In a time of divorce, there is so much pain and healing that needs to take place for all involved that it would be such a shame to throw her into a new book tour when her young children are just learning to cope with a new situation that will affect them for the rest of their lives. I am divorced and know first hand how many things changed and I didn't have a camera following me around. It's the little things in life that really matter and I can't understand how the promotion of a cookbook will help this situation. If you decide to go ahead with it, that's your decision. You are a Christian publisher and I have to ask if her divorce follows the belief system you have in place and if this is truly what's in the best interests of her children. By promoting the book, you will create more publicity which in turn will bring on the paparazzi that may or may not be tipped off by Kate herself. By having them follow her, they are following her children too. It's not fair to them. They are not old enough to speak for themselves in this type of a situation and won't understand until they are older how all of this has and will impact their lives.

Thank you for reading this. Please reconsider this book.

thank you,

(yes I signed it and used my real name)

Bored Teen said...

Way to go Michelle!
Great letter. I hope that they pay attention.

Jon minus Kate- finally! said...

Vixen- I heard that Kate was hospitalized because her ovaries were over-stimulated- so the doctor was not going to do the insemination- so she went home and they did it the old-fashioned way-
Voila- 6 babies!

Save The Children said...

Excellent letter Michelle - those are the types that need to be send en masse to TLC, the advertisers and the book publishers to prevent this from continuing. It is the start of a movement!!!

realitybites said...

The only way the Jon & Kate madness is going to stop is if people boycott the show and its advertisers. No money..no honey. Tell everyone to do this..if they need convincing, send them this article or any others that prove your point. If everyone works together, they can work to stop the needless exploitation of children in the entertainment business.

I agree. I am not totally convinced that the recent 'set back' by the crockbook publisher and Healthtex is soley due to allowing Kate time to 'deal' with her personal situation. In light of recent events and Kate Gosselin being outed as the fraud and narcassist that she is has resulted in much consumer and public criticism that has not gone un noticed and has/will ultimately be a considering factor with respect to the Kate Gosselin the 'brand' and marketability.

lifeoriley said...

Great article. He makes some very clear points about how he believes the Gosselin children are being affected by this circus sideshow that their parents and TLC have created.
He is not being "hateful"--he is stating his opinion. Those with differing opinions have the right to disagree--but if they want credibility, they should address and refute those points with which they have issue.
A professional in the television industry (the name escapes me) has been quoted as saying "reality television is the sweatshop of the entertainment industry." I would ask the Gosselin parents, "Do you really want your children working in what is considered the 'sweatshop' of the industry?"

jonandkatewho? said...

I loved this article. I just wanted to remind everybody who is talking about boycotting the show and so on that you also need to not "replace" Jon and Kate plus 8 with any of these other "large family" shows such as the Duggars' show and the Hayes' show. It's all exploitation of kids, and if you don't agree with it then it isn't ok if these other shows do it either.

I know it sounds like I'm trying to tell you what to watch, but I'm really not. I'm only making a point. If it's wrong, it's wrong for all the families, not just one.

goawayfools said...

I have been trying to figure out why Jon and especially Kate drive me to distraction, why they madden me so. Seriously, I don't know them or their cute kids but I REALLY want to see them struck with a lightning bolt of karma. Why is it so hard for me to ignore them when I find them so very distasteful? Mr Semino's articulate, incisive article put into words what I could not. Yes, it is the disregard for their children's well-being, the greed and arrogance, the exhibitionism and vanity. But we see this with real celebs and just roll our eyes. I think what sets J and K apart is that they actually think they have something to teach us, that we actually admire them somehow. They lack self-awareness and humility and CANNOT be convinced that they may need to reassess their ways. Their kids and Christian faith are mere props necessary in their quest for fame, riches, even sexual conquests. No good parent or religiously enlightened person would behave as these two do. Kate is the more maddening of the two, but Jon allowed her to run all over him AND their kids. He allowed her to treat their children cruelly with impunity and even now fails to protect the kids from this beast of a woman.

Against Exploitation said...

I also wrote to Matt Semino the author of this article to thank him for speaking out and ask him for suggestions:

Mr. Semino,

What an excellent piece you wrote on June 26! It details a lot of the sentiments of many parents out there in regards to the Gosselin children being used in the "Jon and Kate plus 8" show. Do you have any suggestions as to who to contact and put pressure on to either stop the show or legaly enforce that the children be removed from show? I have e-mailed Discovery and TLC as well as Figure 8 production company. I have posted on NY Times Media Decoder and the Wrap.com. I understand that influencial people would read these sites more than TMZ or Radar on-line! But realy, I wish (I hope) there is a judge out there in PA that would come out and order an advocate to be put in place for the children (like Paul Peterson from A Minor Consideration for example) and order that the children no longer be used for taping. Do you know who we could contact to make our voices heard?

Thank you again for the excellent article you worte.

Leila S. XXXXXXX, Ph.D.

I thought I would share his response to me:

Hi Leila - Thank you very much for your kind response to my piece. Like you, I feel very strongly about the exploitation of the Gosselin children. In terms of who to contact, I would first start with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor as they have been investigating claims of the violation of child labor laws and they would have the power to enforce positive changes upon the show. In addition, I would also contact the Gosselins' book publisher Zondervan to encourage them to stop the publishing the Gosselins' books. Another thought is to contact the Congressional representative for the Gosselins' district to put political pressure on his office to react to this situation. A final idea, is that when a judge is appointed to preside over the Gosselins' divorce case, to write to that judge directly concerning the division of assets earned by the Gosselin children. Together we can work to influence change. Please feel free to share my article with others who may find it of interest. I look forward to remaining in touch.

Best Regards,

Matt Semino, Esq.

We know the truth said...

I remember back a few months ago when Kate was on the book signing frenzy, that many of the Sheeple and others, mentioned time and time again....that Kate was in a BAD MOOD. The whole time that's all you heard...."she wasn't very happy today...she took a lot of breaks...she told us we couldn' ask any questions, she didn't even look up or acknowledge me, I had to have the book OPEN to the front page BEFORE I approached her",and on and on.
Does this sound like a woman who is grateful for her success or thankful that all these people took the time out of their lives to stand on line for hours? No, it is the image of a hate filled, ungrateful, angry, self inflated,
shrew, who was laughing at everyone and made fun of them. She herself admitted, that she was not the kindest person to her fans, but now she appreciates them. Right.
Shes a liar and a THIEF.

Connie said...

Matt Semino is not just a flash in the pan. He is in for the whole ordeal. How very refreshing. Thank you, Mr Semino!

Kitty The Dog's Blog said...

As a child (4 years old) of divorce then molestation by my step-father who my mother married within 1 year of my dad leaving
(I still haven't told my mom and I'm 44 and they are still married) our lives (my sister, and brother) have been filled with therapy, medication and always looking for a father figure. My brother became an alcoholic and my sister divorced, had a child out of wedlock and then remarried.. Fortunately in our early 40's we are just now getting our lives together. It was Hell. My mother to this day would deny the divorce had anything to do with it and the fact that she would slam our real Dad pretty much all the time in front of us and others. She also would never let us see him and made us call our Step father "dad". She and him both used us as pawns in their divorce. My Dad wanted freedom and moved out of state leaving all three little children. I still feel like a "lost child" deep inside although I am older.

I think this could be replayed easily in the Gosselin children, that's why I feel so strongly about the children being properly protected.
___________________________________

My heart and prayers go out to you. You are the victim of Parental Alienation Syndrome. If you look it up you will see you have so many of the other "symptoms" kids who have gone through have. My stepson was used as a pawn when my husband was trying to get custody of him and 4 years later, no matter what we do or tell him how much we love him, he still believes the lie that his mother told him - that my husband does not love him at all. That witch went so far as to withhold food to make my stepson feel like she had ALL the power and now he hoards food and hides food under his mattress, etc. I feel for you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I hope that you will find peace and happiness and selfishly I hope my stepson does not have to go through what you have gone through. I have posted about this under other topics, but I sincerely hope that Kate does not employ PAS tactics to further damage the children. I have heard her already setting the stage for some tactics, not accepting any blame, etc.

I am not in charge of this blog, but as someone else said, please don't "hold it in" - let it out. I hope we are helpful, if only just listeners and keepers of good thoughts for you.

On a completely different note - does anyone know where I can write to Ann Taylor LOFT? I love that store and I am SO SICK of seeing MY clothes on Kate. I don't want to be ANYTHING like her and I want them to stop outfitting her.

Geri said...

Cut them slack said...

Jon. On the next visitation weekend, take ALL eight kids to McDonalds and get the young ones a Happy Meal and the twins whatever they want. You once said on air that the kids have NEVER eaten fast food..EVER. You said it proudly. I think that was Kate, not you, so let them ONCE get a taste of what many kids occasionally look forward too as a treat.
*****
This sounds like a great idea but I would add to beware of tummy problems. A person who has never eaten junk food before may have quite an adverse reaction to the grease and salt.

Geri said...

Stacy said...
As of last Monday's big "announcement" I have banned myself from all J&K+8 media. Then a friend mentioned to me that they plan on continuing taping, adding in Jons GF. That disgusting me beyond belief. I am not not only banning all things J&K (save this blog at times), but now TLC is blocked on my TV. I simply cannot contribute to the horrible future that is being hurled at those beautiful children.
****

TLC has said this is a rumor that is untrue, they have no plans to film Deanna.

Laura said...

Excellent Zondervan letter, Michelle! I wrote one myself today and I would encourage everyone to do so, as well! It doesn't take long and I do believe it is going to make a difference!

http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/ContactUs.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

yeaisaidthat said...

We know the truth said...
I remember back a few months ago when Kate was on the book signing frenzy, that many of the Sheeple and others, mentioned time and time again....that Kate was in a BAD MOOD. The whole time that's all you heard...."she wasn't very happy today...she took a lot of breaks...she told us we couldn' ask any questions, she didn't even look up or acknowledge me, I had to have the book OPEN to the front page BEFORE I approached her",and on and on.
Does this sound like a woman who is grateful for her success or thankful that all these people took the time out of their lives to stand on line for hours? No, it is the image of a hate filled, ungrateful, angry, self inflated,
shrew, who was laughing at everyone and made fun of them. She herself admitted, that she was not the kindest person to her fans, but now she appreciates them. Right.
Shes a liar and a THIEF.

7/01/2009 6:28 PM

Kate is appreciating her fans NOW for the same reason she claims to be 're-connecting' with her children. Damage Control.

Wilma said...

Dear Kevin & Jodi, I think the thing that would end the program is if you went into detail on how staged the whole production is. Evidently you didn't sign confidentiality agreements or you couldn't be speaking on radaronline. So talk about the retakes, what the producer (Jen & camera man) said behind J&K back, how everything was paid for, how much extra staff there was etc. The more we know about how fake it is the more TLC will have to scramble to make it seem "real" and the sooner it will be over. Now that Lauren Conrad is outing the Hills as fake (producers sending texts) is making MTV move to other reality shows. Start telling stories and it will end.

JFaye said...

With all due respect, counseling will only work when both people involved come into it with an open mind and are working toward a common goal. From what I've seen of Jon and Kate, that is very unlikely to happen. Kate has yet to take any responsibility for the breakdown of her marriage. That would be the first step towards successful counseling, accepting responsibility.

Court ordered counseling and court ordered mediation will not work without cooperation from the parties involved -- open minds are critical. It's like the old parable about 'leading a horse to water but can't make him drink.'

ann sommers said...

New Upcoming 2009 & 2010 Kate Gosselin Appearances
Southern Women's Show

Friday, September 11th- Cleveland, OH
Thursday, September 17th (STC)- Charlotte, NC
Thursday, September 24th- Birmingham, AL

ann sommers said...

New Upcoming 2009 & 2010 Kate Gosselin Appearances
Southern Women's Show
Friday, September 11th- Cleveland, OH
Thursday, September 17th (STC)- Charlotte, NC
Thursday, September 24th- Birmingham, AL

..........................

....Please write asking them to reconsider having Kate appear....Thank you very much...Ann

Yolanda said...

Here's the press release from the Cleveland Women's Show:

From the covers of magazines like People and Us to the stage of the Cleveland Women’s Show, Television Star Kate Gosselin will be appearing on Friday, September 11. The Gosselins' TV show on TLC, “Jon and Kate Plus 8” drew nearly 10 million viewers for this season’s premiere, more than double the audience for its season four finale. The busiest Mom on reality television, Kate Gosselin will share her wisdom and wit gained from raising a set of twins and sextuplets at the show.

Five years ago, Gosselin and her husband Jon, who have been together for nearly 12 years, were your typical, young parents, enjoying life with their twin daughters, Mady and Cara, when they found out they were expecting sextuplets. A surprise and challenge, the addition of the sextuplets have changed the Gosselin’s lives forever. Kate has turned this unexpected adventure into a triumph, successfully penning two books, “Multiple Blessings” and “Eight Little Faces.” An inspiration to moms everywhere, Kate will be at the show answering questions and signing autographs for all of her fans.


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Kate will share her WISDOM and WIT? Who believes this stuff anymore?

Mama don't lie said...

That press release from the Cleveland Expo is DISGUSTING!!!
They know Absolutely NOTHING about that money grubbing phoney, Kate.
Mods its time to go on an all out campaign against these uninformed nuts. Kate is NO HERO. Its all lies! Did the even BOTHER to read the magazines that they are bragging about, because if they did they'd follow Zondervan and Healthtex's lead. Time to start the email writing Mods, NOW.

a rose is a rose said...

Kate has to be stopped, and now its time to put the heat on "bigtime"
to the Cleveland Woman's Expo,
and Southern Woman's Expo.
They are NOT going to ignore us and the public outcry to stop paying Kate for child exploitation.
Stick to that first.
Send them the clips of the 'worst tv moments' of Kate ( I'll try but I'm not truly computer saavy yet.
Everyone help with this.

LovinMyRugrats said...

Tired of Having to Defend said:

I have been a stay-at-home with most of the above, as well as a work-outside-the-home with the usual 8 to 5 that could be as much as a 12-hour-day on the "boss person's" clock. It's just an exchange of one job for another, but you can't convince anybody of it, particularly the work-outside-the-home women, who will always think the stay-at-homes have abundant "free time," envying them to the point of getting vocal and judgmental over it.

Dear Tired,
I completely sympathize with your feelings - the comments about stay-at-home moms here and on other sites are very offensive.
But just FYI, as a working mom, I've had stay-at-home moms frequently judge me quite for choosing to work outside the home. One mom audaciously proclaimed to me at a birthday party that she feels so blessed she doesn't have to leave her children with strangers (after she learned my kids go to daycare).

I don't want to turn this into a "mommy war" debate (god, i hate that phrase). I only bring it up because I've read a lot of comments that, in my opinion, go way to far in judging Kate for WANTING to work. I can't stand her on so many levels, and she has created many reasons to despise her, namely how she ruthlessly exploits her children.

But judge her for wanting a career, I absolutely do not - and I don't think anyone should. Judge her for the fact that she is developing her chosen "career" off the backs of her children? Absolutely. THAT is what makes her scum.

Like you, I'm so tired of moms attacking each other for their choices - whether it's stay at home, work or some combination of the two. We all need to stop competing in this silly and ultimately detrimental game I like call "Who's the Best Mommy in the Universe? Not You Bitches!"

We all need to start respecting each other's choices. We all may want different things in life, but we also want many of the same things - and no doubt raising decent, productive human beings ranks at the top for many of us.

Thanks for letting me rant. Now back to our regularly scheduled Jon and Kate bashing (cuz they so deserve it).

Tuesday said...

Kates audience probably does think she is full of wisdom and wit. They are stupider than her, and thats pretty amazing.

JenTru said...

Great article. I agree with others-one of the first things I noticed was how unhappy all the kids look in that picture. And many other pictures I have seen. :-(

eileen said...

Thanks, Yolanda. I know I've done my part here in Cleveland. In fact I sent an email a couple of weeks ago already...never did receive a response. I'll contact them again, maybe a phone call would be better ;)! Anything to keep that woman far away from here! C'mon you fellow northeast Ohioans...

Cammie said...

Who cares what he thinks. He doesn't know them.

alaboiss13 said...

Jon. On the next visitation weekend, take ALL eight kids to McDonalds and get the young ones a Happy Meal and the twins whatever they want. You once said on air that the kids have NEVER eaten fast food..EVER. You said it proudly. I think that was Kate, not you, so let them ONCE get a taste of what many kids occasionally look forward too as a treat.
*****
I do not think that it is a bad thing that these kids have not had McDonalds or other fast food. It is not a bad thing that these children have been given organic food to grow up on and taught at an early age that junk food is just that - junk. I do think that they look forward to "treats" like other kids - they have pizza just like other families. Not filling your children up with pesticides, hormones and trans fats should be viewed as a good thing - not a negative.

UGH! said...

Geri and cut them slack said:

On the next visitation weekend, take ALL eight kids to McDonalds and get the young ones a Happy Meal and the twins whatever they want. You once said on air that the kids have NEVER eaten fast food..EVER. You said it proudly. I think that was Kate, not you, so let them ONCE get a taste of what many kids occasionally look forward too as a treat.
*****
This sounds like a great idea but I would add to beware of tummy problems. A person who has never eaten junk food before may have quite an adverse reaction to the grease and salt.

**********************************************************************

That "no fast/junk food" claim of theirs is more BS. They ate Happy Meals at the ski school in Utah, they ate at Red Robin on a couple epis, they ate fries, chicken fingers and hot dogs at the Phillies Game and also Sesame Place.

They are both pathological liars who can't keep their lies straight.

It's not fun anymore! said...

I really hope the Pennsylvania Department of Labor comes through for those poor kids.

I can't believe Jon and Kate can say that their children are thier top priority and then sell them out like that.... especially during the most difficult time of their young & impressionable ages.

I'm shocked that either of them have supporters. I don't get it?

Janleigh said...

I read the recent article, written by Matt Semino and was shocked at how clearly he described this whole situation. I emailed my response to him and he wrote back immediately. I really believe that he has these children's best interest at heart. Below is my email and his response.
I just finished reading your article on Jon & Kate and their 8 children. I feel that you completely captured the real motivation of this show, TLC, Jon & Kate themselves and even the
viewers. I hate to say this but your probably right about the whole
mess. I think viewers (even occasional one's like me) keep thinking, surely this couple will re-think this disaster and actually seek out a professional to help mediate this
mess. We can only hope. Great insightful article, sad topic.
His response:

Hi Janice - Thank you for your kind email and for taking the time to read my piece. My motivation for writing this article was to bring to light the issues I see with this family, the show, the public and the entire establishment that supports what is essentially a business built off of the backs of innocent children. It really needs to stop now and for the future in this reality TV age that we live in. It can be done if enough people stop following and supporting the entities that profit from shows like "Jon & Kate". If there is no money to be made, there are no shows like this to make. By spreading this message, we can collectively make a change. Please feel free to forward this article to anyone who cares about this is or should! Thanks for your help in spreading the word. Look forward to staying in touch.

WOW, there are other people out there who really are trying to help these children and expose the truth.

Vanessa said...

Talking about Jon taking them to Rotten Ronnie's (McDonald's) and letting them have some fast/junk food for the first time is total crap! They've had jelly beans (even though they're organic, they are all sugar, still junk) they've get to choose a treat after dinner (the day Jon told Hannie she couldn't have any because she didn't finish her dinner, more damage control after "cupcakegate")
The "traditional" cinnamon buns she makes EVERY Christmas morning
(well the day TLC tells her it's Christmas morning) is junk, I've made it for years and it has two packs of dry pudding, loads and loads of butter and brown sugar, again, junk (not that I don't love it, but it is not very healthy)
AND don't tell me when they've gone on all those trips and vacations that they haven't HAD to stop for fast food. I seem to recall they had a danish at some airport one time. MONKEY MUNCH anyone???

Save The Children said...

I can't believe there is still a market for Kate's public appearances. Her fans need to wake up and smell the coffee!

mommyo3 said...

I just e-mailed a letter to Zondervan asking them to remove all things Gosselin from their product lines, including discontinuing the publishing of her new cookbook.

Does anyone have the link(s) to e-mail the promoters of the women's shows? That press release is making me ill!

I can't seem to look away! said...

...seriously? Why would anyone want to promote such nonsense? Worse yet - who would want to go see her, stand in line, pay for a picture... etc., etc. still? She has such disdain and a sense of superiority over her fans. Who would want to line up for that? You know, how can anyone in their "right mind" still continue to be a fan of her or the show? How can people find her worthy of sponsorship? She is a walking contradiction and a disservice to all mothers who truly understand what it means to "do what is best for their children". ...and do it everyday with a joyful and grateful heart.

Andrea said...

"An inspiration to moms everywhere"

******************
Now that is down right hilarious. Kate is a lot of things but inspiring, NOT!

Pony said...

With regard to the "Mommy Wars" comments in this thread - I was there back in the beginning of the feminist movement. A woman's ability and freedom to *choose* what she did with her life was the main goal. Just because some women don't understand the choices other women make doesn't make them bad choices. I have seen both sides of it as a teacher - in the summer I was a SAHM; in the winter I worked. I have the utmost respect for full time SAHMs - IMO it's much harder work than going out to earn a living. At school I always get a free period; at home, no such luck.

So I can't fault Kate for choosing to earn a living outside the home. I actually encourage her to do so. The more she's gone, the better off the kids will be. What I find ludicrous is her belief that she is a real writer or inspirational speaker. And I honestly can't imagine anyone paying her for her drivel. Oh well. To each his/her own. As for exploiting her children - well, some day she will have to answer for that.

Rach Here said...

http://www.southernshows.com/calendar

This is the link mommyo
just click on any/all of the cities and you can find an e-mail form.
I sent one to each city

Vanessa said...

Organic does not equal healthy or SAFT for that matter. I remember there was a recall on a certain brand of "organic pear juice" that was contaminated with either
e-coli or salmonella or if memory serves me right, possibly ARSENIC! Organic is just hype sometimes. I am sure we could find lots of producst labelled organic that contain trans-fats, fats, cholesterol etc...
I wonder if her new tatas are made with organic material? Botox anyone?

Mystical said...

This is my letter to the Cleveland Womens' Show. I opted to write to the shows manager.

http://www.southernshows.com/wcl/?show_contact=1

Many, many concerned people have contacted your events spokesperson with no response. So, I am giving you some of my time and opinions on Kate Gosselin's appearance at your upcoming show. In your featured article on this woman, you say the following. "Her new cookbook, Love is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories, is filled with favorite recipes and will be available in the fall. Find out about her large family, what goes on behind the scenes, and just what is actually true in all those tabloids you’ve been seeing at the grocery store. "

First.....Kate did not write Multiple Blessings. Beth Carson did. Secondly, Zondervan publishing has cancelled her cookbook. Yes it's true.

As I am writing this, I just learned that Walmart ended their Health-Tex line contract with Kate, as of today. They did this before the clothing line ever hit their stores.

The last two events she was scheduled for cancelled her appearances due to all of the negativity. Hope you make the right decision as well.

I do wonder why anyone would want to hear Kate Gosselin discuss the tabloids at such a professional event as you are holding? It seems to really take the professionalism out of your reputable organizations good name.

I appreciate your time.

Michelle in NYC said...

Yolanda said...
Here's the press release from the Cleveland Women's Show:

"From the covers of magazines like People and Us to the stage of the Cleveland Women’s Show, Television Star Kate Gosselin will be appearing on Friday, September 11... An inspiration to moms everywhere"

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As a woman, I am offended by the idea that anyone, let alone the organizers of a "women's show", would promote Kate as an "inspiration". The only thing she "inspires" me to is to ensure that I never become anything like her.

And, as a New Yorker and an American, I am mortified that they would showcase this woman on September 11th, of all days. To me she represents the very worst of America.

Cut them slack said...

Everybody CALM down about the McDonalds blog. I didn't write that to set off such a firestorm.
It was meant as a joke, since he says they've never eaten fast food and we all know they have.
I didn't realize people are so sensative about fast burgers.
Comeon.

Against Exploitation said...

I live in Cleveland and e-mailed the women's show telling them how embarassed I would be if my city would hold a conference that would invite such a woman to give advice! She has no credibility! Still no response from them. I think I'll just e-mail again. Same with PA dept of labor. Didn't hear back from them either...

eileen said...

Here's the "script" for K8's appearance in Cleveland:

"From the covers of People Magazine and US Weekly to the Cleveland Women’s Show

Meet Kate Gosselin, mother of 8, star of TLC’s reality hit Jon & Kate Plus 8 and author of best sellers Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuples and Eight Little Faces. Her new cookbook, Love is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories, is filled with favorite recipes and will be available in the fall. Find out about her large family, what goes on behind the scenes, and just what is actually true in all those tabloids you’ve been seeing at the grocery store. Kate will answer questions and sign autographs on Friday, September 11th."

Also, here are two emails and phone numbers of women in charge (included on the Cleveland Women's website) that could be used to *disinvite* K8:

Katie Murchison
kmurchison@southernshows.com
704.376.6594 ext 140

Stacy Abernethy
sabernethy@southernshows.com
800-849-0248 ext.129

Vanessa said...

I think the McDonald's blog hit a nerve because it goes to show yet again how hypocritical (spelling?)
Jon & Kate are. They SAY they only eat organic but the proof is in the many episodes that show them eating fast/junk food. If you really look back, they say soooo many things that just arent' true.
It's the fact that we've been duped and made to feel inferior to their "supposed" superior parenting that gets us! We've seen the light!!

a rose is a rose said...

We need to keep sending emails and letters to the Cleveland Woman's Show and do it now and often. Flood their in box,just as we did
Zondervan. The Woman's Expo obviously did NOT check out her background and inform themselves on what is going on for the past 6 months with her, or they'd never put themselves on the line like that. Keep emailing or phone them
directly. Eventually, someone there will have to address it.

eileen said...

Against Exploitation, Mystical, Yolanda, Michelle, all...

Guess we are all on the same *page* here...;) I just posted the info off the Cleveland's Women's page as well...included additional contact info w/phone numbers if ppl feel the urge to do so ;)

Great job, Ladies.

Save The Children said...

Fabulous letter Mystical!!! If everyone keeps writing, the Jon & Kate machine will come to a screeching halt. No organization wants to be associated with such bad PR!

Iggy said...

I found it interesting that Kate rewarded the tups with M&Ms when they were potty training. Non-organic food rewards in a family that supposedly believes non-organic food is harmful? I can understand having to eat non-organic food when organic isn't immediately available, but Kate's back wasn't against a wall when she chose the M&Ms. More hypocrisy.

Michelle said...

I just sent this letter to the Cleveland Women's Show, based upon my post above.

Dear Ms. Murchison:

After looking at the schedule of events for the Cleveland Women's Show, I felt compelled to write to you. As a woman and a mother, I am offended by the idea that anyone, let alone the organizers of a "women's show", would promote Kate Gosselin as an "inspiration to moms everywhere". The only thing she "inspires" me to is to ensure that I never become anything like her.

And, as a New Yorker and an American, I am mortified that you would showcase this woman on September 11th, of all days. To me she represents the very worst of America values, sacrificing her marriage and her children's privacy at the altar of the American dollar.

Oh, The Momma said...

Vanessa said...
"I wonder if her new tatas are made with organic material? Botox anyone?"

Organic? Going Green? Hrmmm that didn't look like a new Toyota Prius Kate bought a couple of weeks ago. They have a vehicle for when they need to take 'all the kids' -- why another gas hog?

Phony Baloney.

I have a new name -TLC=Too Late, Kate~!~

As in it's tooooo late to do anything except get off the airways and save your family!

Mystical said...

Thanks so much, Save the Children! Let's hope the Greedy Gosselin machine comes to a screeching halt.

Eileen, good work on posting the phone numbers for the Cleveland Women's Show too. I remember someone posted here that she called them, and the woman on the phone told her to not believe everything she reads in the tabloids! That was unprofessional. And most of what the tabloids have printed has been fact not fiction. I wondered if the woman on the phone was even passing along what she was hearing, because she also told the caller that she had met Kate, and found her to be a lovely woman. She must be a blinded sheeple follower, because lovely is not a word that comes to mind when describing Kate.

rosie said...

Good post Mystical.
So true and a good reason for us to go higher then the woman who answers the phone at the Woman's Expo.

mommyo3 said...

Rach Here said...
http://www.southernshows.com/calendar

This is the link mommyo
just click on any/all of the cities and you can find an e-mail form.
I sent one to each city
***********************************

Thanks, Rach Here! I'm off to do some more e-mailing. As a woman, wife, and mother, I take offense that I would consider Kate Gosselin a quality speaker who appeals to what I'm interested in. Ack!

Chris said...

From the descrption of the Clevland women's show, they are trying to hype up Kate like TLC to bring in people. What I got from the description mentioning the tabloids several times and to find out what is true, is that if you go to the show and see Kate is going to do some sort of tell all about the tabloids. NOT!

My guess is Kate takes a few minutes to tell about the stress of the p-people and the tabloids hurting her and then gives the same 45 minute old talk about the beginging years.

Vanessa said...

Wow, just caught a Dr. Phil "classic" episode today, maybe some of you have seen this family? Triplet girls who are ALL deaf and blind. They also have developmental issues. Jon and Kate should take a good hard look at themselves. This mother/father team should be applauded, they are truly "doing it all for their children" The dad isn't even their biological father! Truly inspirational!

Jonstheherohere said...

"As it was the cameras that mixed and then baked the ingredients of Kate’s newfound celebrity, it seems logical that she would refute claims that those same cameras had anything to do with her failed marriage.
'It’s the next chapter, not a chapter that’s been brought on by our show,” she said. “I believe that it’s a chapter that probably would have played out had the world been watching or not.'”

________


She's absolutely right; she's unwittingly revealing the truth about her marriage.

If what was shown on the show, i.e. her incredible, ongoing psychological (sometimes physical) abuse of her husband, is any indication of what went on when the cameras were off, this marriage was already on its way to divorce court with or without the show, and maybe with or without the children.

Ppl. take a chance when they marry, and can wind up with exactly the wrong person, as seems to be the case here. But most ppl. won't accept abuse, and extricate themselves from the situation by leaving. I say, good for Jon, more power to him! What else could he do? Remain for a lifetime of abuse at the hands of his mate?

Although this article had good points, I hope ppl. will refrain from painting Jon with the same broad brush as Kate. Doesn't seem that this marriage was a 50-50 deal, with both equally to blame; there was only one abuser.

I saw Jon as a gentleman; kind-hearted, funny, a loving dad (stylish, too, as in the Christmas show). If he snapped at her, there was a reason for it, and, imo, it wasn't other women. It was the abuse he suffered on a continuing basis. Women aren't the only ones who are abused in a marriage; it can happen to men, too.

That's why I stopped watching the show a long time ago; it makes my stomach cringe to see anyone or anything, man or beast, hurt or humiliated; it's not my idea of fun or entertainment.

KikiLee said...

Iggy said...
I found it interesting that Kate rewarded the tups with M&Ms when they were potty training. Non-organic food rewards in a family that supposedly believes non-organic food is harmful? I can understand having to eat non-organic food when organic isn't immediately available, but Kate's back wasn't against a wall when she chose the M&Ms. More hypocrisy.
***********
Thats so true... also, I vaguely remember an episode earlier on where Kate said that she didn't believe in rewarding her children with food or in forcing them to finish their dinner... um... sure Kate, sure.

Michelle said...

Points of contact of the 3 shows:

shallett@southernshows.com

kmurchison@southernshows.com

dbrinker@southernshows.com

One for each show....emails are all good. Katie Murchison is out of the office until July 6th. Got an email auto reply from hers.

4thekids said...

Alright ladies (and gents), get ready for the letter of all letters I sent to the Cleveland Women's Show. Forget snarky, these are the kinds of letters that companies need to be getting to let them know we mean business. You have to hit them where it hurts, by telling them they're losing business. Now get out there and start writing your own! :-D

Ms. Murchison & Ms. Abernethy,

I am writing on behalf of a group of women to tell you how excited we were, planning to attend the Cleveland Women's Show this coming fall. As we had done last year, a large group consisting of myself, my daughters, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, and a handful of friends and their daughters all planned to meet and spend a wonderful "Girls' Day" at your expo. There were going to be 18 of us attending this year. However, we feel you must know that we cannot, in good conscience as women, wives, mothers, and human beings, allow ourselves to attend a show in which Kate Gosselin is the featured "star."

If you would step back for even a moment and look at the woman you are attempting to glorify during the show, we think you, too, would be embarrassed. We cannot bring our daughters and nieces to listen to a woman that has unabashedly berated, belittled, and smacked her husband, not only in front of her children, but in front of a tv audience of millions of viewers. This is also a woman who, while she was secretly signing mortgage papers and moving into a $1.3 million-dollar home, continued to speak in churches about how financially difficult it was to raise 8 children and asked for donations by passing around a bucket. This same woman who employs multiple bodyguards, nannies, and has admitted to having a caterer to prepare the vast majority of her meals while attempting to keep up the farce of her being an "everyday mother." A woman who, even in the midst of a crisis in her marriage, refused to stop her show, go home to her husband and children, and instead chose to criss-cross the country to promote a book for 23 out of 31 days in the month of April alone. This same woman who refused to end the show after her husband said he no longer wanted to film, even though she had said that "if anyone in our family didn't want to do the show, we'd stop immediately," because she does not want to give up the goodies, perks, and free vacations that come with the show. And perhaps worst of all: this is a woman who admitted that her marriage has been spiraling out of control for a year now, but agreed to a free vacation in Hawaii by staging a vow renewal -- promising her eight beautiful children that their parents would stay together forever, only to file for divorce ten months later.

Do you see what kind of message this sends to young girls and women, by choosing to glorify the things that Kate Gosselin has done? It is unfortunate that you would choose this woman to headline your show, as you have now lost a loyal group of attendees. Were someone to look past the dollar signs and replace Kate Gosselin with a much better representation of a woman and mother, then our group of 18 would without a doubt attend the expo. Until then, we will continue to pass word on to everyone that we know that this year they should not attend even one day of the Cleveland Women's Show.

Respectfully,

###


TA-DAAAAA!

Michelle said...

I still can't believe I am doing this...but I wrote a letter to all involved in the 3 shows. Please remember when you write that you will be more effective if you sound truly sincere about the family situation.

Here's my letter:

I am writing to you to ask that you reconsider the planned appearances of Kate Gosselin at all of your shows. In a time of divorce, there is so much pain and healing that needs to take place for all involved that it would be such a shame for her to leave her children, make appearances and spread cheer about what a great parent she is when so much of her life has been under scrutiny lately. There are many investigations happening that are probing into so many different facets of this family. How can you bring her in and have her speak about being a great parent when she has been absent so much until recently and has only stayed at home due to the current family circumstances? She has said she doesn't know how to stop all that is going on in the life of her family, yet she continues to throw it all out there for the world to see. I can't imagine that's in the best interest of anyone involved at this point.

Regardless of whether or not the shows she is speaking at are on weekends, it's just not right to bring her in to discuss being a great parent. I feel that she is the lesser parent of the two, although neither have been doing a great job of it lately. Do I doubt having 8 kids is alot of work? Not for a minute as there are 8 in my family. It's still alot of work but to live a life under the microscope does not help even the best of situations.

I realize that she may (or may not) be a big ticket seller for your events, however, is the price of ticket sales worth the cost of this family? By promoting this family, you are creating more publicity which in turn will bring on the paparazzi that may or may not be tipped off by Kate herself. By having them follow her, they are following her children too. Her children probably won't (at least I hope not) be present at any of the events, however....it will just be another media storm. It's not fair to her children. They are not old enough to speak for themselves in this type of a situation and won't understand until they are older how all of this has and will impact their lives.

Thank you for reading this. Please reconsider having Kate speak at any of your events.

Sincerely,

Michelle in Michigan said...

Seriously...only 1.587 million people watched on Monday! wahooo.....

chug a chug a choo choo....crash!

Disgusted in TX said...

Andrea said...
"An inspiration to moms everywhere"

******************
Now that is down right hilarious. Kate is a lot of things but inspiring, NOT!

*****************************
The only thing this woman inspires in me is DISGUST and ANGER that anyone would still think she deserves to be paid for her existence.

What in the world could she have to offer as advice on women's health? A paid professional would be more fitting for that topic--not a drop out nurse (who worked for a dialysis center) who pretends to be a mother. Her experience in the medical field seems pretty limited to me.

There is nothing she can teach us that we cannot read in a book ourselves. In fact--buying a book would be a better investment of money and time.

Disgusted in TX said...

I have read a lot on this blog and am wondering why one specific incident had not been discussed (at least not as of late). We all agree that Kate was abusive towards Jon in every way imaginable, and what they have done towards the kids is slowly being revealed.

Does anyone remember the episode in Season 1 or 2 when Jon and Kate were dressing the kids in the living room. She was being her annoying self and he asked her "when are you going to pull the stick out?" That was classic and she deserved it. But it is a perfect example of how Jon knew how to dish it back to her. The difference was that he had some self control and learned from watching himself on TV how to put the filter on. He talked about how he regretted it later in an 'embarrassing moments' episode/interview. Kate, on the other hand, did not learn anything about her behavior from watching herself on tv.

So...remembering that scene of their life, I just wonder what the rest of their fighting was like that was never aired. The person here who said that TLC would really hit records with the unseen footage of their fighting is right! Seriously, if what they showed on TV for these years was the nicest of her personality, that speaks volumes to how much of a miserable person she is to be around.

In fact, I DARE TLC to air the rest of Kate's true self out there!! She and Jon talked in an interview about how they are acting like any other normal young couple acts under their circumstances. So I say show America what the last 10 years were REALLY like for the REALEST reality show on tv! Anyone else care to join in that dare?

And yes, while I realize that it would be damaging for their kids to see that. I just don't think it can be any worse for those kids who have already lived it. I am thinking that TLC owns the rights to the footage and could do what they want with it. So teach the world how NOT to behave in a marriage. Add some counselors or therapists to discuss it. And you have a new educational show and a REAL study of an endless list of different psychological/socialogical issues.

ann sommers said...

Thank you all so very much for your emails and letters......It means a great deal...Sincerely, Ann

LovinMyRugrats said...

Michelle,

AWESOME letter.

Mystical said...

rosie said...
Good post Mystical.
So true and a good reason for us to go higher then the woman who answers the phone at the Woman's Expo."
___________________
Thanks Rosie. Through this common worthy cause, we can all make a difference by putting a stop to this madness that is Kate Gosselin. I am aghast this women's show claims Kate is an inspiration to moms everywhere. Quite the opposite is true. How very ill informed of them.

3angelsmom said...

Hands down the best article I've read on the subject. Should be mandatory reading for Sheeple. The most well-written quotes:

"These are children who will be experiencing one of the most emotionally vulnerable periods of their lives in front of a camera simply to continue satisfying their parent’s personal and material desires."

"While Jon and Kate love and discipline their children ..., it is their judgment concerning what constitutes positive opportunities for their family and how to attain them that is seriously misguided and damaging."

"While Jon clearly embraces the financial rewards of his involvement with the show, he is now seeking freedom from the daily constraints and responsibilities of the family and marriage that generated this success."

"Despite continuous statements by Jon and Kate that they only did the show for their children and that the children remain their number one priority, it was Jon and Kate...who invited the cameras and the subsequent mayhem into their home in exchange for fame and fortune. In fact, Jon and Kate have been the primary beneficiaries of the show’s financial success. The children have simply been the props used to lure viewers in and then keep the reality train moving forward."

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

I see that Border's has "Love Is In The Mix," listed on their website. They list both Jon and Kate as authors. It's a hardcover book for $29.99 and it's release date is October 13, 2009. I don't see it listed at Amazon or Barne's and Noble though.

Aunt Chris said...

Sidney said...
By some of the things Kate has said about her own childhood, I feel her parents were very controlling.

I don't trust anything Kate says and I'm sure she would spin whatever she says about her upbringing to suit her. She probably feels everything anyone has ever done since the day she was born was done just to keep her down and persecuted. THAT'S why she wants to control everyone now. Seems like if her life was SO difficult her siblings would be hopping on the band wagon with her (not that she would welcome them...). Look at the families you know, there's quite often one that just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest. People are just different and having the same DNA doesn't mean you all act the same, or like each other, or see things in the same way. She's just a nut job.

Yolanda said...

I wrote to Cleveland Women's show protesting the appearance Kate Gosselin.

Here is the reply I received:

Thanks for your email. You are not the first to suggest that we cancel Ms. Gosselin’s appearance. We’ve also had many notes and emails thanking us for giving her the opportunity to tell her story – in person - away from the cameras and tabloids. Our plan at this point is to continue to give her that opportunity.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

They have had MANY notes and emails? Probably ALL from the same person. Kate's one and only fan.

Enough Already! said...

Bruce Watson has a fine article at www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/07/02/kate-gosselin-a-popular-brand-self-destructs/
I find it very sad that the Women's Show is allowing Kate to have a platform "'to tell her story – in person - away from the cameras and tabloids'" -- I guess they don't realize that Kate now LIVES for the presence of cameras and tabloids.

GRY said...

With the news of Micheal Jackson's death and the mystery surrounding the circumstance of it the media will be a long time focused on this topic. I think the Gosselin media machine has finally derailed. The MJ thing will probably hang around quite a while because of his status and controversial lifestyle.
I only hope that TLC sees the writing on the wall for this show, they've run out of cheap publicity stunts to draw the suckers in. This hiatus will sound more like a death knell for the show, and for the best I would say.
The rubberneckers ad reality addicts will have moved on once the Jackson supernova finally dies out.

end of the line said...

It might be time to go above the head of the persons running the Cleveland Expo. Who is actually sponsoring it, who is the head of booking speakers etc.
We are again getting canned responses just like Zondervan tried to do at the beginning.
Time to get tough with them also.

Sara said...

If you want to get the message to the Women's Shows that Kate is scheduled to "star" in, contact the advertisers and sponsors of the shows and write letters to the editor of the local paper.

I'm planning on writing one to my local paper and decrying the fact that anyone would even consider having Kate Gosselin come in and speak to other women.

You wouldn't glorify a slave trader, someone who makes a living off the back of another human being.

Don't glorify Kate Gosselin.

SCOTUS Addict said...

Kate and Michael Jackson. Both exploiters of children.

chesterctymom said...

Yolanda said...

I wrote to Cleveland Women's show protesting the appearance Kate Gosselin.

Here is the reply I received:

Thanks for your email. You are not the first to suggest that we cancel Ms. Gosselin’s appearance. We’ve also had many notes and emails thanking us for giving her the opportunity to tell her story – in person - away from the cameras and tabloids. Our plan at this point is to continue to give her that opportunity.


Shame on Kate for continuing to throw her kids under the bus for a buck.

Shame on the Cleveland Woman's show who are now members of the club that has also made money off of the Gosselin children. This really points to the integrity of Murchison and Abernethy who join Eileen O'Neill in exploitation for a buck. It saddens me that there are still parasites who put profit and success first. I guess it's ok as long as the train wreck doesn't include your own children.

PaMa said...

Here's a great quote from the article
"Jon and Kate Plus 8: Huge drop in ratings, Kate's new book and clothing line in jeopardy" at "examiner.com".

It's a question of, if we keep shooting, what's going to happen?" says Andy Cohen, senior VP original programming and development at Bravo, which in 2007 was forced to confront the sudden death of trainer Doug Blasdell, star of its hit series "Work Out." "It's not worth exploiting something for a quick number if you're going to really wind up destroying someone's life."

Too bad TLC doesn't seem to have the same sentiments as Bravo regarding the Gosselin children.

Naj said...

Excellent article! Thanks for sharing it.

I'm having to go into work today (for a few hours) because yes, another product of bad parenting needs care.

If women like Kate didn't exsist, the world would be a little better and hospitals a little less full.

I'm not feeling very benevolent today.

Tuckersmom said...

From Rosie O's blog:
Maya Writes:

so ever notice how Kate has your hair cut from 2001? The helen one?

yes
and a new face

eileen said...

Yolanda and all, regarding the Cleveland Women's Show...y'all are right, the sponsors of this event should now be contacted...K8's hypocrisy has seemingly no effect with these women... hopefully we can change things by September!

Debbi said...

I also got the same canned reply when I emailed Stacy Abernethy about the Cleveland Women's show. I am definitely not going to the show at all now.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Excellent article at the examiner.com. Please be sure to vote at the end of the article, to end the show.

Against Exploitation said...

http://www.cleveland.com/plaindealer/lettertoeditor.ssf

This is the lonk to our local newspaper. Let's all write there. I'll try to find out who are the sponsors of the Women's show so we can send mail there too.

ann sommers said...

David J. Zimmerman, President
Southern Shows, Inc.
704-376-6594, local
800-849-0248, distance
704-376-6345, fax
dzimmerman@southernshows.com
Joan H. Zimmerman, CEO

I also emailed the above hoping they would reconsider not having Kate appear. Thank you again.....Ann

Against Exploitation said...

I checked sponsors in Cleveland for the Women Show, the Cleveland Plain Dealer is one of them! That's the newspaper I was going to send a letter to. I guess that one letter will serve two purposes... Marc's (it's a type of drug store) and Women's journal are the tree sponsors.

Save The Children said...

Against Exploitation - Thanks for the link..Just sent my letter in protest!

AnneMarie said...

sponsors for the Cleveland's Woman's Show...

Show Sponsors
The Plain Dealer

http://www.plaindealer.com/contact/contact_exec.php

Marc's

http://www.marcs.com/contact-us.cfm


The Woman's Journal

http://womens-journal.com/cms/index.php?option=com_contact&Itemid=3

a rose is a rose said...

Excellent job mods! You got all the information on the sponsors of the Southern Womans Expo....now its time to go to work.
All of the emotions that went into the great letters you sent to that Stacy Abernathy woman must be re-directed to the sponsors,and also mention that you contacted her, with no satisfaction.

PaMa said...

Great ... another way for the Gosselins to make money off of their celebrity. They can sue the producers for "emotional distress."

Check out this article: "Jon & Kate Plus Liability: Split Puts Insurer, Producer at Risk" at bloomberg.com

AnneMarie said...

The Birmingham AL show at the end of sept 27-29th

sponsors

Piggly Wiggly

mrpig@cswg.com

White Lilly Flour Co

Phone
1-(800)-595-1380
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Standard Time
Monday through Friday

Postal Address
The White Lily Foods Company
4740 Burbank Road
Memphis, TN 38118

email
http://www.whitelily.com/ContactUs/Form.aspx?type=general

select media contacts for #2

ABC AL 33/40

http://cfc.abc3340.com/contact.cfm

AnneMarie said...

The Charlotte Show

Sponsors
The Charlotte Observer
Contact Information
The Charlotte Observer
600 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 358-5000




White Lilly (again) see above for contacts.

Lowes Foods
https://secure.lowesfoods.com/SelectSurveyNET/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=mlMI684

comments at the end

Carolina's Medical Center
currently site will not load for me.... but it is www.carolinasmedicalcenter.org

WBTV

Address: WBTV Television
1 Julian Price Place
Charlotte, NC 28208

Main phone: 704-374-3500, ext 1

Senior Management: Nick Simonette, General Manager, WBTV, 1 Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208.


Crowne Plaza Charlotte

Corp contact
Americas office
InterContinental Hotels Group
3 Ravinia Drive
Suite 100
Atlanta
Georgia 30346-2149
US

Local Charlotte contact
Crowne Plaza Hotel
CHARLOTTE
201 SOUTH MCDOWELL ST.
CHARLOTTE, NC 28204 UNITED STATES


Hotel Front Desk: 1-704-3727550 | Hotel Fax: 1-704-3336737

AnneMarie said...

And a thought about the SouthernWomen's show people allowing her to go on so she can tell her side without the P people and tabloids.....Isn't that what she SHOULD have been doing for all these seasons on TV???? She didn't USED to have a problem. NOW it's a problem. UM, no, SHE"S the problem.

She'll dribble on about how hard it was in the beginning (HA), and how hard it is to be noticed (HA HA), and how she can do it alone, but doesn't want to (HA HA HA).

Nope.

Sorry, but White Lilly....I'm watching. I go through 10 pounds or more of your flour a month, this is southern family values and biscuit country.

not so thrilled said...

what could she possibly have to say that isn't already public knowledge?

this woman adds no value to anything....the fact of the matter is they have an expo and she is their speaker. the question is "will anyone be attending to listen to her?" if no one here was planning to attend then the fact you disapprove of her is of no consequence.

Annette said...

Interesting to say the least...will Kate sue???


http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=email_en&sid=ahg6p3fBmpDQ

Kate's a real piece of work! said...

So she's still fleecing people at speaking engagements???

So much for the hiatus to work on their personal issues.

What the hell is wrong with these people.

But it's all for the kids.... what a freakin' martyr!

Barf!

Aunt Chris said...

Since Jon and Kate always said the 4th of July was a very big holiday for them, I'm wondering what the plans are for tomorrow. I'm sure the paps will let us know.

goawayfools said...

Do you think jon and kate's 4th of July activities will actually stay out of the tabloids? You're right, the paparazzi will be hanging out at their house (hopefully less of them these days). Can kate spare us the lumpy bikini body and stay off the driveway? Can jon ride his atv somewhere besides the front yard? Will the kids be allowed to be kids or will they be dressed alike and trotted around like sad little show dogs? The choice is the gosselins'. If they really want privacy and to concentrate on their family, then it's theirs to have.

Yolanda said...

Do you recall the "open letter" written to Kate Gosselin by Alyssa Martina, founder, president and publisher of Metro Parent Magazine?

She wrote this letter after Kate Gosselin spoke at their "Distinguished Speakers Series" in May of this year.

If you don't recall that letter, here is a link:

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090521/OPINION03/905210449/1005/rss32

I think it would be perfect to include this link in your letters to the organizers of the southern women's shows. I already wrote my letters, so it's too late for me.

But what better way to convince these organizers to cancel Kate's appearance at their show than to have them read this letter written by one of their peers?

MsPeabody said...

I agree with so many others about this photograph of the kids, they all look miserable and I’m sure this was the best photo that was taken that day because the editor of the mag. would want the best one put out, I cringe to think of how miserable the kids looked in the other photo’s that were shot that same day.
Anyway, this was a good article, dead on; he makes a lot of good points.
I’m glad to hear that Kate’s cookbook has for now been delayed, hopefully it won’t be published at all. The last thing those kids need is for their mother to go off traveling all over the place promoting another book, a poorly written and plagiarized book at that, IMO.
I’m also glad Wal-mart came to their senses and isn’t proceeding on with this clothing line Kate is behind.

The poster who wrote this was right on and I second this:
This is what God wants for your family? Really? He must have thought to himself, "I really want those Gosselins to have lots of material things, a big house, nannies, play houses, trips, cars, and organic treats. Also, I want them to have a heart-wrenching divorce and public affairs. I want them to be estranged from their family and to take money from churchgoers. Oh and I want those adorable kids to be miserable and exploited." Think again Kate. And if you mention God's plan ever again, unless it involves ending the show for the sake of your children, SHAME ON YOU.
Ditto to that!

Happy 4th of July to all!

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