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What It Was Like Inside the Corn Maze  Sat.10/30/10

Coincidentally, as I was doing this blog entry, I got a call from the corn maze owner, who has been reading my blog since I called her the other day to ask permission to come and observe the TLC filming.  She was a little shell-shocked from the filming experience and wanted to ask questions and talk about it.  We talked for about ten minutes and most of our conversation will remain confidential but I asked her permission to further clarify here that my presense at the maze had not caused any problems.  She laughed at the idea of my being there being termed "stalking" and we had a good talk about several things related to Saturday's events, what she observed about the children's experience, and the Gosselin situation in general.  She asked how all this could effect her and I assured her that only good things could come to her and her corn maze as a result of Saturday's activities.  She is a very nice woman, the kind of neighbor that makes western Berks County such a great place to live and raise children.

I am going to take heat for some of the pictures below that have the kids in them since my readers know I have a policy against publishing pictures of the children.  Please note I have not posted pictures in which you can identify any of the children.  The pictures posted show you what it was like for the children to be there without showing their faces or who they are as individuals. 

NOTE:  If you use my images, please state that they are from this blog and provide a link to here, as a common courtesy.  Spread the word but please do it politely.

As I was navigating the corn maze I realized the Gosselins had arrived.  I continued through the maze and the TLC crew and family plus Steve came to the area I was walking through.


Stay in the paths!  Don't cut through the corn!  Who can tell me if sunflowers are edible?  No eye contact from me!  Wait for me!  I can't keep up, but I look fantastic! 

Let's see, how can we make this scene look spontaneous?

Quick, kids, make some happy playing noises.

Mommy, didn't you just say to not cut through the corn?

TLC guy playing.

What are we doing?  Are we doing the maze?  Are we chasing the camera crew?  Is the camera crew our friends?  Can't we have friends our own ages like other boys and girls?  How come Mommy isn't happy?  Are we having fun yet?

Mommy, can we go up on that cool bridge?  Why not, Mommy?  The other people get to go up there.  I want to see the corn fields.  Why do we have to leave now?

Mommy, what about the horse and carriage rides, fun corn hut, pretty ducks, bonfires, marshmallows and hot dogs?  Those other kids look like they're having so much fun, can't we have fun too?  Oh well...since we can't stay and play can we please just go home and play like normal kids?

Reader Comments (84)

I appreciate your report on this. Thank you for sharing.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Me too, Werny :) They are just PO'ed that the truth is out regarding the children out and out working, and they cannot refute it.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSupporting Werny

I agree. You can't argue with pictures, and mine are validated by the ones at INF. Chris saw the same things I saw.

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Sending my thanks, too, Werny. Amazing how your straight-forward report has been twisted. But twisted minds will twist, I guess. LOL.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia Pen Mom

Again, thank you for this post and photo documation of the Children
working for Kate and TLC.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

I saw on the INF photos a picture of a child (not a Gosselin) in a light sweater. Was she part of their group or just another person at the maze?

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlalaland

Werny Gal,

The blue sheet of paper that Kate is holding, is it a cheat sheet for the maze or a script? Do you know?

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

This story is my 1st time finding out about your blog despite being a 15 min Gosselin and GWOP reader/poster for long ...long time.

I just wanted to say THANKS for this. You're taking alot of heat in blog land...the Kate worshipers are out with vengeance. They act like they're protecting their 1st born child when it comes to defending Kate.

Thanks for confirming to us what we've thought about this family for a long long time. As always sad for the kids.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersquatmunkie24

I like your pictures better, you can't make out the kids but the film crew people just look creepy. I am still baffled that she would wear such foot wear as those to a corn maze. What is this woman thinking when she leaves the house with 8 kids? Great job WG and I appreciate your story, so true and it sounds like the exact story Chris the lone pap gave to INF. Have a good day!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie

my9cats, I am not printing your comment but thanks for the thought, I will take care of it. : )

lalaland, that child must have been with another family. There were no friends or other kids with Kate's gang.

Yes, Mickey, the blue paper was a cheat sheet to help people find their ways thru the maze. There were papers in different colors and they had numbered trivia questions on them which would direct you to go right or left depending on your answer. If you answered them all correclty you would easily find your way out of the maze. I had a yellow one since I have been there many times. My questions were things like How long has this maze been open(11 yrs) and how many acres does this maze cover (7 acres) etc. I don't know what was on the blue one. Kate stopped using it soon after entering the maze when they switched the filming format to that of having the children find the tech guys rather than just regular walking thru the maze.

Thank you squatmunkey24 and other new readers. It is always a pleasure hearing new views.

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

I suspect that they will weave in this 20 minutes of idiocy along with them at Party City to create the illusion that the G8 had a happy halloween. Take will sit on her interview loveseat and run off at the mouth about it. We know it's all one BIG FAT LIE. Thanks, WG for going out there and documenting the farce.

That TLC crew member is not someone, by the looks of him, I would want in my home or anywhere near my children.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerette

Oh, wouldn't we all have had egg on our faces if Kate had actually let loose and enjoyed the memories she is filiming with her kids? Instead, all Kate Gosselin did is confirm our suspicions and show us that nothing is more important than the lifestyle she is accustomed to live. And, if it means her children are exploited then that is just tough for them. Sad.

I was at one the other day...It was so much fun to hear my little guy screeching and trying to keep up with the other friends he brought. We are still talking about our 4 hours this weekend. It was great! He was dirty from head to toe, tuckered out and the whole nine yards.

Thanks for taking one for the team Wernygal...

Now let's just hope that people in the public will tune out on November 7, 2010. Please care about the 8 kids more than finding out just how awful Kate can be.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Yipe, her fans are out in full force, only because the truth is out and they don't like the truth. I like your blog BTW and will visit it often. Keep up the good work and thanks so much for speaking the truth no matter how it effects her fans. The kids is what matters, not them.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSadie

I really don't see the big stir up about any of this. Yes, the kids and Kate were filming. So what?? Why does anyone think it's their business to report on it. I don't mind opinions but this has gone too far. I know a family that is filming right now, things are pretty calm in their lives, they don't have a hate blog or a neighbor reporting every move. I wonder why that is???

Tomorrow is voting day in America. I hope every blogger gets out to vote, we have far more serious issues going on in this country than filming a family in a corn maze. IMO.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreedom to Make a Living

Werny - You have out done yourself! Standing Ovation and BIG applause!!! The photos are awesome (I'm quite partial to the one you posted yesteday of Chris paps tailing the van (smile).The high caliber of the content of your posts and your descriptive ability make me feel like I am right there! More applause, pls!

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNancyB

Freedom to Make a Living, you keep saying the same thing over and over again and you never answered my question on the last blog entry, so here it is again.

"I agree that people have the right to make a living as long as it is legal, but it is not right for parents to make their children work to support the parents. Many children shovel or mow to make a couple of dollars, but they usually do it to get a special treat for themselves, not to support their families. The Gosselin children have been supporting their family since they were babies. The sextuplets have never NOT supported their family. They have given many indications that they do not want to film and are now exhibiting behavioral problems which is typical of children exploited in entertainment. But whether they were exhibiting behavioral problems or not, they are minors, incapable of consent, and the eight of them split 15% of the revenue they bring in while their mother gets 85%. Do you think that is fair and right?

Filming a show is very different from most jobs. Please read my chapter in Als' book and come back and comment on that again."

Freedom, I am waiting for your response. Thanks for your comments everyone.

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Isn't it amazing how a little thing like Kate's choice of footwear speaks volumes about her priorities and intentions for the day? In my opinion, a woman who wears stilettos in a corn maze has little intention of playing with her children, or of staying very long, but cares enormously about how she looks. (Disclaimer: I wear heels on a regular basis, for work and going out with my husband and friends, and own a pair of boots very similar to Kate's- my favorites).
Thank you again, Werny Gal, for your perspective and on-the-scene observations.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Freedom said, "I know a family that is filming right now, things are pretty calm in their lives, they don't have a hate blog or a neighbor reporting every move. I wonder why that is???"

I'd be curious to know which family and which production company/network is doing the filming. You may not know about them all, but almost every family who has a reality show has pro and con blogs. I agree, most families are not as controversial as the Gosselins, but I think you need to look at the history of their show vs their real lives to even begin to understand why.
Just a couple thoughts about why J&K receive so much attention compared to other reality tv parents - perhaps the other parents have a way of supporting their family independent of the show rather than the children supporting the parents - and - J&K's show has been proven to not always be what they say they are and what TLC has promoted them to be - all very controversial.

As for voting? It's absolutely important. I've already voted. I also volunteer year round to help a candidate I support. I also encourage and back those working to change child labor laws as they pertain to the entertainment industry and in particular, reality tv.

You said, "we have far more serious issues going on in this country than filming a family in a corn maze." Reports like the one WG has given us are important and useful in understanding the 'reality' of reality tv and the WORK environment the children experience and to then help enact legislation to protect all children in the industry. What seems to be unimportant to one may be vital to another.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMax

I am still baffled that she would wear such foot wear as those to a corn maze. What is this woman thinking when she leaves the house with 8?


I noticed last month that she was toning down her look when she wasn't being filmed regularly. I've also noticed she seems to dress up more in the heels etc. when she's being filmed or photographed. My personal opinion? She wears high heels to make herself look taller. She also is trying to show "Hollywood" that she can look as good as the big girls out there because she does want to break into acting and Hollywood is primarily about image more than talent.

I don't generally snark on her appearance but those shoes really were inappropriate for a corn maze. That being said, there are moms out there who dress that way. To each their own. I can only speak for myself and my kids require me to wear sneakers.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersilimom

I'm getting a lot of repeat comments today,where writers are saying the same things they said before or reiterating what others have said. I'm also getting a lof of off-topic comments. If your comments are on-topic and contribute to the discussion here I will be happy to print them. If you are just coming here to put me or my readers down, or to complain about something, please go elsewhere. There is a wide enough variety of blog to meet everyone's needs. Commenter Max, above, does a good job of summing up the current topics we are discussing here. Thanks.

November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

The children did not have much fun here did they? It was just a photo and filming op on the way from or to more filming and photo ops. WG reported wisely and carefully. IMO.

Thanks, WG. For your unobtrusive observation.

November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill P.

Oh Werney, don't you see Kate REALLY WAS making memories in the corn maze. Really she was. She was making memories for herself of the time she was "relevant". She can look back on these films of herself and think she nearly made it. Sad thing is she had to use the little ones to make HER memories of herself.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda in NS

I have noticed many have asked why the kids couldn't just stay and complete the maze and participate in the other activities at the farm. This is just speculation on my part, but I'm guessing that the 20 minutes of filming at the farm was just the start of the work day for those kids. They likely moved on to the next "set" and resumed filming. Since we don't have any other "Chris the pap" photos from that day, we have to assume the second location was home, but you can bet the filming resumed after they returned home.

I've read numerous accounts from people who have been around the makings of "reality" TV and they all state that it takes hours to get 30-60 minutes of footage and I'm guessing with 8 children to film, this would certainly be true. Trying to get all 8 kids to cooperate for the cameras at the same time is probably very challenging. They are not just "playing in front of the cameras" because that would make this nothing more than the Gosselin's home movies and who wants to watch someone else's home movies? How many people watch their own? We break ours out maybe once every 5 years. Maybe.

I think a lot of people don't want to admit that Kate is really as awful as she appears and I do get that. It's hard for people to wrap their mind around the fact that a mother with 8 beautiful, healthy children would use them as pawns to obtain the fame and wealth she desires. It's hard to imagine that a mother would have zero emotional connection with her children.

Just because it's hard to imagine or believe...doesn't make it not true.

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Some people are just too much.
If a person has a Gosselin experience and they write about it, Kate fans call them a liar and demand proof.
If pictures are taken proving it, they the label the person as a stalker.
Which is it?

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermy9cats

I'm sure you're right Heather. The crew come from Maryland and it is very long days for them from what Al learned while working for US Weekly. They don't come unless they have a full day planned. (According to google directions it takes 3 hrs 14 mins to get from Silver Springs MD, the home of Discovery Communications, to Wernersville PA.) They probably had a lot of filming left that day. That means the kids have lost another day of being allowed to be children and they were probably exhausted the next day as well (any parent knows what I mean about the next-day fallout. We're talking eight tired, crabby kids. And a mom with little patience.)

You're right my9cats, anyone who says anything they don't like can't win. It really doesn't matter how much proof is presented, they'll find some little piece of minutiae that they make not fit and then they use that to discredit the whole thing. And it all distracts from the discussion, which is about how unfair and exploitative this is to the kids. Which is exactly what they are trying to do. How anyone can be so righteous and judgmental in defense of children's childhood's being taken away is beyond me.

November 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

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