I Wish I'd Never Heard of Kate Gosselin

This morning as I was wishing Kate Gosselin was already in the long forgotten dregs of reality TV past, it hit me that I wished I'd never tuned in to the first special.  I wished I could be one of the people in the world who could go Kate who? Gosselin?  Never heard of her. 

Has anyone else begun to resent that Kate came into your life through TV, appearances, or tabloid fodder?

26 comments:

O-Hi-O said...

I'll go a step further: I wish I'd never heard of reality tv. ANY of it. IMO, reality tv is symptomatic of the absolute dumbing down of America. Just how far down this food chain are we going to continue to travel?

Some project that our youngest generation not only will likely have a lower standard of living than their parents enjoyed, but they will also suffer from lower educational excellence. Nowhere is this lowering of standards more obvious than current tv reality programming. What I really want to know is: WHERE is the outrage about this glorification of barely educated, of questionable emotional healh, and mean spirited narcissistic reality 'stars'?

How sad that reality tv takes the least talented, most obnoxious types (Kate Gosselin is the Queen, but she is in good company with the Kardashians and Housewives of, etc.) and then begins a full-on marketing affront to manufacture 'fame' for these losers.

What happened to intelligence, sophistication, graciousness and class? Have they all gone away taking with them cleverly written dialogue and plots, not to mention talented and trained actors who make no pretense that they are NOT actors playing out their script?

Why has everything been boiled (dumbed) down to mere caricature and the scripted OVERLY dramatic scenes that tv moguls continue to try to convince is is 'reality'?

Currently, all of us are in a very sad place of the pendulum swing. Personally, I will celebrate the pendulum swinging in another direction, away from the crap, the pap, now being sold to us as 'entertainment' and 'reality'.

There simply is NO REASON for the likes of Kate Gosselin or any of the Kardashians or Housewives to get so much as a passing glance, muchless their lucrative stints starring in their pretend reality.

WhoDidWhatFirst said...

I quote some of O-HI-O's articulate answer:

"I'll go a step further: I wish I'd never heard of reality tv. ANY of it. IMO, reality tv is symptomatic of the absolute dumbing down of America. Just how far down this food chain are we going to continue to travel?

How sad that reality tv takes the least talented, most obnoxious types (Kate Gosselin is the Queen, but she is in good company with the Kardashians and Housewives of, etc.) and then begins a full-on marketing affront to manufacture 'fame' for these losers.

What happened to intelligence, sophistication, graciousness and class? Have they all gone away taking with them cleverly written dialogue and plots, not to mention talented and trained actors who make no pretense that they are NOT actors playing out their script?"
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O-Hi-O, you took my thoughts and put them into words. I was thinking the other night while the Housewives of Orange County was on that something is very wrong with this entire reality scene. Everyone of those women have the same color blonde hair, the biggest fake boobs and are shown always with some type of booze. Is this really representative of how American women live? Not in my neighborhood! They are also so cruel to one another and on everyone of the "wives" shows they fight with one another and then turn around and do those stupid air kisses on both cheeks.

I think O-Hi-O has hit the nail on the head when she labels it pretend reality.

O-Hi-O said...

@ "WhoDid....": I'm glad I'm not alone in my disdain for the current state of tv programming.

And, I SO agree that not only are these stupid shows ridiculously predictable, using the same basic formula across so many different shows/characters, but you are so right: the women all have that same certain look - cosmetically over-made and over coiffed, surgically and dentally enhanced to the point of looking less human and more mannequin-like, and the requisite hooker attire to showcase those big, honkin' silicone hooters, topped off, of course, with those 'shoulder duster' earrings as big as saucers. WTH???? The blondes tend to try to resemble Barbie dolls (Heidi WhatsHerName is certifiably insane), while the brunettes seem to have shoe polish blackened tresses, blimp-sized silicone breasts, and some of them sport enormous behinds (Kim Kardashian, I'm talking about YOU!).

Is there no nuance, no subtlety, no sophistication, no intellectual provacativeness, no clever satire left in the world? Are all of us really so intellectually stunted that we are, forevermore, stuck with clowns, slapstick, and cartoonish plots and characters?

Kate Gosselin, Kim (and her obnoxiously pushy mother), and Snookie are all about on the same level as The Three Stooges - too stupid for human viewing.

kate can't do sh** said...

I completely agree. My 75 old mother is addicted to shows like Housewives. She's glued to her TV set pretty much all day long. I'm angry that talentless nobodies get rich for doing NOTHING. When I read comments on the internet about Kate, there is a general feeling of unfairness that she gets such an easy ride in life when others don't. If she had been humble from the beginning, things might have been different from the public's perception but she was incapable of gratitude. Ergo, the intense dislike of this woman. When she is asked why people don't like her, she never answers the most important reason: that she is riding on the coat-tails of her children. She is well aware that people want her to answer that question but she will not go there. Ever. For her to tweet people that she 'works' at her desk doing paperwork and busies herself with interviews is an insult to those people who grind it out every day for a paycheque that barely covers the expenses. That is one of the issues I have with her. The whole Kate Gosselin thing is an anomaly. Her situation has never been replicated before in terms of the births and filming of their lives. I believe this is one of the reasons she is followed. It's an unusual situation. People want to see her fall and get what is coming to her because they know she has not deserved any of it. So yes. I wish I'd never heard of Kate Gosselin and her 8 kids. And Jon too for that matter. Thanks TLC, for creating such a divisive, sick, money-making scheme called Kate Gosselin.

eileen said...

Absolutely dead on, O-Hi-O. I'm guilty of watching the Housewives franchise and I find that I watch it to see what *stupid* thing they say and do...and get away with saying/doing. It is very high school like...mean girls, etc. The divorce rate on these shows are also sky high and these bimbos wonder why?!

Can't See Sheep said...

O-Hi-O, such an incredible response & agreed with it all. Reality TV fills our screens with people we would not want our children to emulate or idolize in the slightest, people who can grate on the nerves of even the most patient. I only need catch a glimpse of the cast of Jersey Shore to become nauseous. Famous for being able to con & grift, to stretch their 15 minutes long past the mark, not for any real talent. Childish drama queen antics. These people are jokes & yet put out there & idolized by so many because they managed to get a bite of the apparent "good life" without having to put effort into it like many real celebs who have honed their talent over years.

And now the whole parading Casey Anthony as a celebrity, what exactly are we celebrating her for??? not to mention she's commented in letters about being a celebrity, wow, she should really take a good hard look at what she's famous for before deciding to gloat. She is after all in a cell, not free to come & go as she pleases, her little girl is dead & gone. It's disgusting, is seems it doesn't matter anymore how you achieve fame, only that you ARE famous & that is so sickening & depraved. Everything seems boiled down to it's most base elements. The TV is becoming an idiot box.

I still firmly beleive that the first televised execution is not all that many years away, it's about the only place they haven't gone yet & I'm pretty sure that TLC will be the channel to air it while having someone from Say Yes to the Dress or What not to Wear host it.

I truly wish I had never watched the J&k + 8 show & been introduced to the monster k8 or into the vile world of child exploitation where so many adults cash in on children who are not able to protect themselves, helpless victims to their whims who tend to end up with shattered lives as adults. The world of reality TV is a sad & sorry world.

barbee said...

THAT would be my thought! It is beyond annoying to watch someone so disgusting constantly be given everything (and then some) for NOTHING! I check in on blogs and watch reruns and youtube hoping to see her FINALLY get kicked in the teeth and fall flat on her saggy butt. She has NO personality, talent, communication skills, so WHY the heck is she on TV? And don't say its because of the kids, because they are just 'mini-she's'. They are no longer cute or fun or interesting to watch. The twins are sullen and fake (wonder where they got that?) and the tups are immature and fake (ditto the wonder). Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted. And to watch Mady morphing more and more into a 'kate klone' is enough to make you vomit (hey, I should film that and send it to kate to add to her 'volumes of filmed vomit' and laugh because she can't make me sleep on the laundry floor!

marce said...

This is in the national enquire..
After the pair split two years ago following a report about Jon having an affair, Kate plunged into work – while Jon continued skirt-chasing

TLC is now really reaching to keep this women in the news.Poor kate again. If it wasnt for the fact she has 8 children, yes 8,this would be funny. Some people really beleive that jon was fooling around, and that ended tha marraige, but these are the same people that beleive that kate is really a hands on mother.
I'm sure Jon is just waiting to be an abused husband again. If Jon treated her the same way, people would be outraged, calling her names, hitting her, excuse me ,love taps, telling the children she is a idiot.
8 children who grew up like animals in a cage , every move being watched, and taped, and their protector profiting by it, the courts allowing it, strangers trying to proctect them.
Kate, from a 50 year old mother, children grow up very quickly, they are the only people that matter, in a few years when they are older and want to be with their father, you will be an middle age women all alone, bitter and broke. But you are a sick person, so i am sure you will try to write a book how Jon destroyed your life..

cali-girl said...

barbee said...
Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted. And to watch Mady morphing more and more into a 'kate klone' is enough to make you vomit
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I thought the exact same thing when I heard him say "Hi, peeps!" None of the kids have ever seemed to speak that way naturally. If fact, they seem to speak now only when they are sitting on the couch.

Remember when Mady used to be the only one to give Kate trouble--answering back or commenting on Kate's behavior? (at the time I thought she was being fresh! LOL) So this Kate Klone is definitely a change.

Worry about Cara--she seemed to love being with Jon so much, doing things like skiing and skateboarding. She wasn't featured much in the episode with the food/toilet paper--just making the cake. Actually I think it may have been just the tups outside in the driveway with Ashley (maybe even in the livingroom, too).

Anyway, just wanted to weigh in on concerns for the kids' behavior lately.

linda hoyt said...

No. I really enjoyed the first two specials. They made me happy. It wasn't reality. Their nice little family with a hard working, stretched to the limit Mom, was just fiction. But, I watch a lot of fiction television. It was a nice story. I am not sorry that I ever heard about the family, just how I contributed to their fall.

I am sorry I ever watched Jon and Kate plus 8. Because I feel like I contributed to the break up of a marriage. I believe that our constant interest in this family, led to the slippery slide of ego brought on by their fame and fortune that led to the neglect of their faith and abandonment of their values; really the total removal of Jesus Christ from the lives of a young couple and their children. The faith of the children is shipwrecked. I feel that I participated in the murder of faith and family, and I watched it for entertainment. I am very ashamed and saddened by my participation.

O-Hi-O said...

"Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted."

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I'm just wondering why K8G is ok with her 6-7 year old talking of or to 'peeps' when, in a previous episode, she made such a big deal about how obnoxious it would be for her kids to go to school mentioning 'the paparazzi'. She then verbally dragged viewers through some pretzel logic meandering whose final destination was her use of 'p people' rather than 'paparazzi'.

This show and (all connected to it) is such incredible B.S.

O hi o speaks the truth said...

O-Hi-O - you said it perfectly.

I definitely agree that there seems almost a purposeful dumbing down and distracting of the general public for decades. I know I can't fight the powers that be, but I can turn off the tv, and also make sure my own child doesn't fall into the same trap. (Believe me - Disney is not a friend to the family any more and I insist he turn shows off that I do not approve of).

When I think of the people who are rabid fans of these empty individuals, I'm torn between feeling extreme irritation and disgust, and feeling sad that this is their personal best. A girl like Snooki is someone they wish to emulate, or a woman like Kate or any of the housewives. Truly it's a sad state of affairs for the world today that any of these women are role models, instead of truly accomplished, talented women instead.

What has Kate really done with her life? She did get a nursing degree - I'll give her that. But she used it to bring her into contact with fertility doctors. She's never been a hands on mom. She's always had numerous volunteers and freebies. She makes her children work to support her in a lavish lifestyle. She mistreated her husband and still mistreats her own children. She's pretty ignorant and uneducated. She's vain, selfish, self-absorbed, snotty, lacking in manners or graciousness of any kind.

Kate, the Kardashians, the "unreal" housewives, the mothers on Toddlers & Tiaras, are the outward signs of decay in our society. The only way I know to fight back is to stop supporting the networks that put these shows on, and concentrate on making sure my own family knows how to live with graciousness, class, true values (not phony sell out values like a huge family that I won't mention by name), and intelligence.

WonderButton said...

I do wish I never heard of Kate.

When I think of the hours I've spent pouring over this blog I could kick myself. I also think now, that the TLC minions have taken the feedback listed herein and used it to try to "remake" Kate. (More modest clothing, giving back, etc, as of late)

Started reading when I couldn't get pregnant, and I wanted to know why/how this woman was blessed with 8 healthy kids. I wanted to learn what was the secret I was missing for having a child?

Luckily, I now have my healthy, happy one year old girl.

Through reading here, I have learned ALOT about being a good mom and being part of a loving family - and about being appreciative and kind to people. Basically whatever Kate does, do the opposite!

Save the Gosselin Eight!

Protect8 said...

Sharla - I think you might be understimating the impact the GWOP site has had on the public. Way back, after thinking some of the early episodes of J&K+8 were kind of cute, I was suddenly shocked by the way Kate treated her children. To me, it was emotional abuse and Kate completely fit the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

I did a little internet research on Kate Gosselin, wondering if anyone else noticed "gumgate = emotional abuse" and found GWOP.

No doubt I represent a lot of people who followed the same path. The mass boycotting of products, writing complaints to TLC, to the state of PA, have made a difference.

Right now, the show has become about Kate pleasing her sheeple - "put Kate in a situation that makes her nervous and scared and watch her act like an ass."

So I'm glad i watched the show and through this site could express concern about the exploitation of the Gosselin children. Too bad the Dionne quintuplets did not have the same base of support to refer to when they got older.

So, I guess my answer is: Kate Gosselin is despicable but I'm glad that I had the chance to participate in actitivites that might have made a differenc in terms of how the children were treated.

That said; I completely forgot to watch her last couple of shows.

GWOP Pat on Back said...

I believe GWOP had no small part in the bill to protect children working in reality TV in PA - the Murt Child Labor Bill. I know Kate's personality and actions form a large basis of the complaints here, and I believe that is fair game as Kate ( and Jon, too) made an adult decision to reveal themselves on a TV show. I also believe a large number of posters here were and are very troubled to see the children lose privacy and normalcy, and become seen as TV characters. I believe GWOP brought that wrong into a glaring light. Way to go, GWOP.

barbee said...

I'll be the first to say I would like the kids to be OFF TV, but there are two (count 'em, 2) reasons why.

1. They don't belong 'working' to feed their mother's needs.

2. They are NOT interesting, funny, cute, WHATEVER, they are babyish, annoying, greedy, selfish, unsociable, and, this is NOT meant as a slap at them, it is at their babyish, annoying, greedy, selfish, unsociable mother-figure who has raised them with NO redeeming qualities or skills. She has not only not wanted them to become self-sufficient, she has NOT ALLOWED them to.

Kia Ora said...

Speaking for myself. I think we were all sucked in, not only by TLC. That particular "reality" show was new to the scene, to what it is now (all rubbish). As the seasons progressed we saw a women that was out of control. ON TV no less. I use to say to myself "this can't be for real, who carries on like that, spoiling everyone's piece of happiness"? Then it got worse & worse. Now we meant to sweep all that awful carrying on under the rug? I don't think so. There is no forgiveness for what we witnessed on TV. Let her sow her just rewards the future!

fidosmommy said...

O-Hi-O said...
"Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted."

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I'm just wondering why K8G is ok with her 6-7 year old talking of or to 'peeps' when, in a previous episode, she made such a big deal about how obnoxious it would be for her kids to go to school mentioning 'the paparazzi'. She then verbally dragged viewers through some pretzel logic meandering whose final destination was her use of 'p people' rather than 'paparazzi'.

This show and (all connected to it) is such incredible B.S.

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I know I'm tired, but I'm not making the connection between
"peeps" and "p people".

Peeps is simply a form of "people", and it's a term Jon used on the couch one time when he was trying to be funny. I'm sure Aaden picked it up from Jon.

Maybe you meant to bring up a point I completely missed.

Don't let the door hit you said...

Saw Jada Pinkett Smith on Piers Morgan last night talking about her kids being in the entertainment industry. She said they do it because they want to and are having fun.
She said it is sad to see other children on TV who are the major bread winners for their families. Children should never be the family bread winner and that the children were being forced by the parents to fund the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.
Could she have been talking about Katie-Irene? Is this what the real stars think of the stah from PA?

Midnight Madness said...

Peeps is simply a form of "people", and it's a term Jon used on the couch one time when he was trying to be funny. I'm sure Aaden picked it up from Jon.

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I remember that. Peeps, in Jon language, meant people in general, and had nothing to do with paps, which the kids called p-people.

Maybe I'm missing something, too!

Anonymous said...

"Kate Gosselin, Kim (and her obnoxiously pushy mother), and Snookie are all about on the same level as The Three Stooges - too stupid for human viewing"

I love this! You are exactly right! I wish I had never heard of or watched anything with Kate in it. She is so full of herself and hateful. I wonder if she still goes to church, remember in the beginning she talked about her faith and going to church. Since I refuse to watch the show, I don't know if she every mentions her faith or not. Just curious.

O-Hi-O said...

Barbee actually noted: "Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted," and I was commenting on her observation.

I didn't mean to imply there was any definitional connection between "peeps" and "paparazzi/p people".

I was simply noting that it is odd to me that K8G seemed to think small children speaking of the paparazzi in their life was so obnoxiously pretentious, but her 7 year old mouthing a script that included a stah!-like greeting to his fans was supposed to be 'cute'.

Additionally, K8G seemed to feel that it is ok for her to whine incessantly about the p people and what a bane they are to HER existence, yet she did not want her children to vent about this aspect of their young lives. This, too, seems hypocrtical IMO.

I didn't see the episode, and was merely commenting on a previous comment/observation.

Hope this makes sense!

barbee said...

The comment about Aaden sitting on the couch came from ME..., so don't go blaming O HI O for it.

barbee said...
THAT would be my thought! It is beyond annoying to watch someone so disgusting constantly be given everything (and then some) for NOTHING! I check in on blogs and watch reruns and youtube hoping to see her FINALLY get kicked in the teeth and fall flat on her saggy butt. She has NO personality, talent, communication skills, so WHY the heck is she on TV? And don't say its because of the kids, because they are just 'mini-she's'. They are no longer cute or fun or interesting to watch. The twins are sullen and fake (wonder where they got that?) and the tups are immature and fake (ditto the wonder). Seeing Aaden sit in the chair and say 'hi, peeps' one of the nights was just a tad bit tooooo scripted. And to watch Mady morphing more and more into a 'kate klone' is enough to make you vomit (hey, I should film that and send it to kate to add to her 'volumes of filmed vomit' and laugh because she can't make me sleep on the laundry floor!

For those who are saying it has nothing to do with 'paps' or 'p-people', you're right, and MY point was that was NOT something Aaden would have said on his own and with the length of time that has passed since Jon was sitting on the couch commenting on anything and the age Aaden was at the time, it is NOT something he picked up from Jon! It is something he was coached to say (and 'to be honest', I don't believe for one minute that he is clever enough to have thought it up himself).

Kat - Ruthie-dos.blogspot.com said...

I really do wish I'd never heard of her... not that many people know this, but I was part of a group on babycenter that convinced Russ (whose last name I cannot say without taking his privacy) at Sunshine Kids to give them the Radian seats... that they clearly didn't really NEED as badly as they led people to believe... or appreciate, as they SOLD (not donated) them and bought other carseats as soon as they were able.

Not once has Kate ever seemed truly appreciative of anything done for her, nor does she seem to truly understand what it means to give back. I can watch the Duggars and totally see that they know these things... but Kate doesn't and she's not teaching her kids the lessons, either.

ncgirl said...

"I wonder if she still goes to church, remember in the beginning she talked about her faith and going to church"

On twitter, Kate says they go to church. However, as usual with Kate, it's confusing. She says they watch it livestream which may mean they watch it on TV or the computer at home. Or maybe they watch it in another room at church. But she also talked about a time she sat in the van at church with a sick child. It's hard to decipher Kate.

irish wonder said...

I agree with the OP. Growing up in the 70s I couldn't imagine this nonsense being on TV.

The closet thing to reality TV was the PBS show "The Loud Family".

Which was very groud breaking at the time looking at the life of Southern CA family.

It discussed divorce and there was a gay son.

But it had limited episodes.