About This Blog
When the Gosselins moved here I'd never seen J&K+8 and didn't get what the fuss was all about. I thought it would be fun to write this blog as a generic Wernersville citizen living in a small Pennsylvania town where a famous family on TV lived. As time went on I became more aware of how unreal many "reality" shows really are and I became concerned about the effects of fame on the Gosselin children.
In 2010 I was invited to contribute a chapter to the Al Walentis book The Secret World of Jon and Kate: The Stupidest Story in the History of the Universe and the People Who Covered It, available by clicking on the little green book to the right on my home page. My chapter addresses the psychology of participating in reality TV and my concerns about the impact of being on reality TV on the Gosselin family, in particular the children.
In 2011 I wrote Jon & Kate Plus Eight: “Reality” TV & the Selling of the Gosselins, a collection of interviews, discussions and essays from experts such as former child stars and others who've watched the Gosselin saga since the beginning, as well as authorities on the entertainment industry, television production, and reality TV. The book is 340 pages and contains several original photographs. It's now available on Amazon Kindle and will be available in paperback and all other formats on or before April 25, 2011.
I've worked for children's rights for years and totally missed the boat on this one. I never realized that children in reality TV are exploited as much as, if not more than, children in other forms of entertainment. Now I know. I believe that Kate has the right to follow her entertainment dreams but she should leave the kids out of it. She got famous on their wings: Now it's time for her to fly on her own. The kids have grown up their entire lives under the cameras. Now they should be allowed to enjoy the remainder of their childhoods camera-free, while they still have some childhoods left.
I hope you enjoy my blog,
Polly Kahl, MA, LPC