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Why Hate Kate?

Jon&kate The Internet is heating up with bloggers who have strong opinions on Kate Gosselin.

One of the best blog posts I have read is on MomsMiami.com. Blogger Mama Sass asks, "Why Hate Kate?" In her post, she points out that Kate is shrew-like. She snaps at her husband on national television. She’s bossy. She may have even fooled around with her bodyguard. But why is Kate, the better half of TLC’s Monday night reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, getting such a raw deal from the media? While that lame-o, college-dropout husband of hers wins over public opinion despite his alleged infidelity, tabloid magazine covers are crucifying his strong-willed wife as Mommie Dearest.

(Yeah, why is that?)

   Mama Sass points out that Kate merely is trying to balance work and family. She writes:  Kate’s only mistake is trying to milk as many freebies and dollars as she can for her kids out of her 15 fleeting minutes of fame. Any self-respecting mom of multiple multiples would scramble to do the same. How else do you feed, clothe and send eight kids to college? (Octomom, who’s looking more and more functional every day, just inked a deal with a British production company to start filming her own reality TV show.)

    Mama Sass goes on to write, "While Kate Gosselin is rushing around, writing books, appearing at speaking engagements, and wiping little butts, her "poor" husband wallows in the uncertainty of what he wants to do with the rest of his life. He certainly now has the means to go back to college and finish his degree, but he shows no signs of pursuing that. Or doing much work of any kind. This is the classic case of an overworked and exasperated mom shouldering more than her share of work while hubby lays on the couch, dreaming about surfing and forgetting to take out the trash. What woman wouldn’t snap at that?"

    So, what do you think? Are Kate's expectations of Jon too high? Are his expectations too high? Do you see any similarities to yourself or your partner at all in the Gosselins?


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Kate is exploiting her children for her own fame and fortune. They have no say in participating in this show, yet will surely feel its harmful effects as their family unravels. In this instance, it goes beyond balancing work and family. The Gosselins have made enough money and royalties to live comfortably at this point without doing the show anymore. When a 5-year-old knows what "paparazzi" is, that's a problem. So I applaud Jon for wanting to shut off the cameras, and think the MomsMiami blogger needs to realize that the Gosselins are not your typical family.

Joan Leavitt

I never saw Kate until this past year. If she was always the same personality, then that's just her. If not, I would think she could use some personal therapy to cope with her life with out being a shrew to everyone in her family.

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