Jon and Kate? Meet Fate!

I click on my yahoo page today and I see yet another headline about Jon and Kate. Enough already! Their 15 minutes of fame should have died episodes ago.

When the show first aired my mother and her sister (twins) loved the show. My younger sisters (twins) thought it was intriguing. (Yes, my mother,a twin, had twins. No, that’s an old wives tale that it skips generations.) It was on a few times before I finally gave it a try.

Now, I was an infertile woman who had been through all the non-invasive tests and tricks to get pregnant. Once things got invasive; I drew the line. As far as I was concerned, there were plenty of children already born who needed homes. If my body couldn’t have one I’d help a woman who couldn’t take care of her child.

So, here I sat. Watching a woman berate her husband for all the world to see and then, tears in her eyes, cry to America how stressful and expensive it was to raise 8 kids. Hmmmmm  Did multiples run in her family? (Evidently, it can when fraternal twins are involved – as with my family.) Nope. Fertility drugs.

You’ve got to be freaking kidding me. Seriously? You’re going to cry on national television about the stresses of raising such a large family and you ASKED for this?

Don’t get me wrong. This is America. You have the freedom to deal with your infertility in a myriad of ways. And I’m so glad that we all have these options because adoption isn’t for everyone. But be prepared for the consequences. Know that with fertility drugs you run the “risk” of a multiple birth. And how about before you take said fertility drugs you make sure you’re prepared to feed, clothe, love and care for any amount of children you may conceive and give birth to. Just a suggestion.

Please! Once I heard (because she cried about that too, how hard it was for them to have kids) having this many children was a conscious decision, THEIR choice, I turned it off. And predicted that America would turn them off, as well.

Boy, was I wrong. To date they’ve aired more than 100 episodes. How can this happen? The show I saw, Kate was so mean to her husband. She treated him like a child. I predicted that marriage to end in divorce back when the show first began. Is anyone else surprised? Did you not see that coming? Why are we still following this nightmare?  

Because it’s THEIR nightmare. Not ours. Someone else’s life is worse. But we, with our voyeurism fascination, have created a nightmare for the children. Don’t get me wrong. Ultimately, I blame Jon and Kate for putting their children in a fishbowl. But who is out there watching the fish?

Ok. I’ll step down off my soapbox now. Darn. I knew I couldn’t really make it a Wordless Wednesday!

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14 responses to “Jon and Kate? Meet Fate!

  1. I 100% agree…I mean it’s one thing when the show originally started, it was marginally watchable…but the way their turning the Divorce into a PR machine is just wrong IMO.

    My guess is that TLC is loving all the free Publicity this brings.

  2. There were no twins my family yet my third pregnancy was twins! I was 22…yikes!

    I was one of ten and it hit me that I’d have 10 by the time I was going if I continued.

    So we ended any possibility of more. Today they are 37, 35, and 33, all girls, I’m still married to their father…37+ years.

    I’ve only watched a couple of shows of John and Kate plus 8 and it was in the last year. In fact I’d never heard of the show until it started falling apart.

    I have one thing to say: “It’s never only one persons fault. They make Jon look like a loser and America forgets we can’t see the whole picture!

    The family has turned into a circus and who’s protecting the children?? Anyone out there?

  3. babyblizz

    I use to watch the show. Hated how Kate treated her husband. The train wreck occurred. Now I don’t watch it anymore. Sad for the kids though.

  4. Earlier this afternoon, I clicked on a news link about Jon giving an exclusive interview on “How Kate abused Me” to be aired at some later date this week.
    They are both living in a fish bowl. They have grown accustomed to living out their daily lives in front of the camera. Someone needs to pull them out of the spotlight and get a reality check. Now, we will have to watch their divorce unfold too-as they each want to give exclusive interviews to talk about what should be their private lives.
    No doubt I am one of those people who could not resist and clicked on the link to read the update. No doubt, I will do it again.

  5. Would you believe that I’ve never seen the show? Seriously!

  6. I just find the whole thing sad. There’s obviously something wrong with Jon and Kate. They defienantly need counceling. Now so do their kids. I hope someone talks some sense into them.

  7. I don’t even watch those stuff anymore. It kinda irks me. Well said, though.

  8. Yeah, amen! It started out being cutsie and then turned into watching them go on field trip after field trip. No thanks. Yawwwwwn. Jon does seem lazy and that’s even from watching him talk about his end of things and that would grate on my nerves, but so would someone hounding me all the time about what I’m doing wrong, etc. Adios…NEXT! Good post ~

  9. Good for you burp and imperfect (sorry, I just had to put your names together – it was so….perfect!)

    It’s good to hear there’s at least 10 of us out there not watching!

  10. I never understood the fascination with Jon and Kate. Unless people wanted to just put things into perspective, sort of “man, we may not be perfect but at least we are not THAT bad off” 😉

  11. I am ashamed to admit I read all the Jon & Kate stuff on line, and I’m not particularly interested in celebrities. I don’t know what it is, I haven’t watched the show in this new season, it seems so wrong with these poor kids digesting the fact that their parents are divorcing, but still having to go to dude ranches and play games for the cameras to make for interesting episodes. Yes, Kate treated him like such a child, she totally castrated him on national TV. And how he’s reacting by trying to show the world how big his you-know-what is, so I guess it is all working out as we could have foreseen. Why do I watch? I suppose because I wonder what goes on in so many marriages. Even good friends are so often (rightly, usually) hesitant to be really honest about married life. I guess this way we see the real dirt behind the smiles. I guess that’s why we all like blogs too really!

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