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Kate Gosselin's Tweets Not So Sweet

Kate Gosselin's tweets, which have been known to include veiled (or not so veiled) jabs at her ex-husband Jon, took a new direction in nastiness Monday when she put down widely respected veteran actor and child advocate Paul Petersen. When a Kate fan informed her through Twitter that Petersen had been on a local radio show that morning, Kate's response was, “lol. He just needs a platform to hear himself talk...”

Paul Petersen's worked in the entertainment business for over fifty years. He starred on the Mickey Mouse Show, co-starred in classic feature films with Hollywood royalty like Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, has had several hit singles, and authored a series of sixteen books. In 1990, following the suicide of former child star Rusty Hamer, Petersen founded A Minor Consideration, a non-profit child advocacy group providing support and guidance to former child stars and children in the entertainment business. The group's membership currently includes approximately 600 former child actors. In 2009, he successfully petitioned a California court to appoint a law guardian to oversee the earnings of the widely publicized octuplets born to "octomom" Nadya Suleman. In 2010 he met with community leaders, lawmakers and the media to promote PA Representative Thomas Murt’s bill to reform Pennsylvania’s child labor laws (still pending). Ironically, Kate Gosselin, who achieved fame by giving birth to sextuplets after intrauterine insemination and is widely reputed to be self-centered and difficult to get along with, would be lucky to achieve half the success in her lifetime that Petersen has achieved in his.

Kate's rude tweet about Petersen was in response to the fan telling her that Petersen had been “judgmental” on the local radio show, but it's hard to figure how someone who's dedicated his life to preventing future child actor disasters could be construed as anything but positive to a mother of eight famous children. Perhaps Kate Gosselin resents the fact that Petersen brought attention to the need for improved child labor laws in Pennsylvania partially as a result of her shows, Jon & Kate Plus Eight and Kate Plus Eight, being filmed here. Many former fans of Gosselin's shows now believe she exploited her children for fame and money by allowing them to be filmed engaging in such private acts as having their diapers changed, sitting on the potty, fighting and having tantrums, and vomiting. The proposed bill will protect the working children of PA by limiting hours they're allowed to work, mandating that they have guardians on set, and have protections for their financial well being set in place, among other improvements. For most parents of kids working in entertainment in Pennsylvania, that bill, when it finally passes, will truly be something worthy of tweeting about.                                                               

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Article first published as Kate Gosselin's Tweets Not So Sweet on Technorati.

Reader Comments (26)

How true. She must be foaming at the mouth re: this article.

"and is widely reputed to be self-centered and difficult to get along with, would be lucky to achieve half the success in her lifetime that Petersen has achieved in his."

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusantoyota

I'm sure she'd never admit she's read it or even heard of me, although that seems unlikely since her fans seem to keep her apprised by"tattling" on anyone they think is a Khater.

About the "self-centered and difficult to get along with" line. Let's face it Susantoyota, this has been the common concensus for quite some time. I didn't exactly pull this one out of my butt.

October 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Well, I wonder how long before Kate is tweeting: "Wernygal just wants to see her words in print."

You know for the life of me I wonder if Kate is even aware of when/where Mr Paul was on the radio show...I mean normal people comment after they have at least read and/or heard someone out.

From facebook this is my thoughts on the blog article

Neighbor and friend Polly you bring up some great points. I have learned through all this how fake/phony the entertainment industry can be---we all are influenced and affected by the tv/movies and culture around us. We all don't achieve the level of notoriety that some people do when fame comes on the doorstep. (so we don't always understand the consequences) Some adults chase fame/others bring their children to it. It could be raw talent, it could be to support the family or I will give the benefit of the doubt that what starts as innocent snowballs into something no one could begin to appreciate. Nonetheless, Mr Paul could have followed the crowd. He could have said---the industry isnt my problem--but he didn't and finally over 20+ years has developed into an advocacy beyond just lip service, and twist and spin---It is about the kids and we are only as good of a society as we treat the children and elderly. I don't know what the future holds for our society if we continue to turn our back on our kids. What happens on television affects our entire culture---from the kids who grow up watching it to the kids that give up their childhoods to make tv conglomerates wealthy off it. Any parent who is willing to hand their children up to television better get the education beforehand---Thanks Mr Paul and Ms Rana...and thank you Polly! The support that is given here is unprecendented--and it will keep growing.
2 hours ago

Go neighbor!!!!

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

haha HE NEEDS a platfrom to hear himself talk!!! LOOK who is talking/tweeting! She loves the sound of her own voice, hence always interupting Jon in the interview chair. She even tweets to so she can be in charge. I just read this article on radar.... this was the final sentence of the article: "Looking this good, it is shocking that Kate doesn’t have a new hot beau to help look after her brood of kids!"...................... Our world is completley shallow, its all about looks... what the hell is on the inside of that woman? It doesnt matter how she looks on the outside, she is toxic inside ! This article was about her doing errands in leggings and high heels. BIG DEAL......... Who would want to be her "beau"? GROSS

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Thanks Irene, and let's not forget, since you and I have both had the pleasure of meeting Paul and getting to know him a little, he's also managed to be a good person and loving father and family man AND he raised children, and now grandchildren, OUT of the public eye. The kids in his family have had normal childhoods thanks to his learning from what he went through and saw others go through. Despite his great gains in the world of entertainment, those accomplishments are the ones he is most proud of.

October 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Kate is a fool to tweet something like that. She does not have the intellectual depth to know that Paul Peterson could make mince meat of her. Manipulation and lies can only get someone so far. She better watch herself, or she could end up crossing the wrong person and it would be game on. Who knows, maybe Paul will tweet her back.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

That would be the human Impulse I'm sure, Lauren, but from the times I've talked with Paul he's much too classy to engage in a battle of wits with the unarmed., oopsy I mean engage in a battle online or on twitter. :D

October 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

If Kate was confronted about her comments, she would back peddle and say it was not what she meant. Narcissists are notorious for doing this. They say and do one thing and then turn around and either flat out deny they said or did something or they try and make YOU seem like the crazy one for even thinking they could have possibly meant what they said or did to be what you are implying.

This is why I always, always recommend talking to a narcissist in person and to have witnesses with you. If possible, it's even better to have them on tape (either video or audio). Kate tried to back peddle big time recently with her comment on the Today show about Jon (and the rest of us losers) settling for mediocre jobs and lives. She immediately went to Twitter and tried to clean up her mess because she knew she had offended not just Jon, but the rest of us out there who work normal jobs and live normal lives. I find it very interesting that her 'fans' didn't comment on this (I think one or two did), but they just seemed to ignore what was also a jab at them and their lives. Amazing!

I have always said her words and actions will be her own undoing. I believe she's done in entertainment. I don't think wee will see her on TV on a consistent basis ever again. The really bad thing about this is she is likely to go into a narcissistic melt down and the kids will have to take - as they always do - the brunt of her wrath. I truly fear for those kids and the fact that they are in her care the majority of the time. She's not a stable person mentally. I can only hope Jon is doing a lot of documenting.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Thanks for piping in Heather, you always have such insightful things to say.

October 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

That is so true Heather....

and hey many of us who have gotten to know Mr Paul realize he is no one man act--he even said in Polly's book for Kate Gosselin to call him. You know he gets what is at stake here and even if it is 10 years from now he would treat Kate as he would want to be treated.

Anyone see the latest National Enquirer article? Rumors flying again---now the latest is Kate wants to manage her kids careers. Boy, I don't think my 4 year old changes his mind as much as this mom does.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Unfortunately this is one rumor I'd have no trouble believing. She'd be the classic stage mother. What a horrifying idea.

October 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Over a month ago when I called Polly and pitched the idea of doing a 12 step thread which had us both giggling, the truth is part of my motivation was because I felt I personally might have some problems going through withdrawals of walking away from the Gosselin blogs when Kate Plus 8 ended. After all I was checking them on a daily basis to see what was going on, in particular to see what was being said re her tweets.

I am now speaking up due to her recent tweets re Paul Peterson. I agree Polly, not only would Paul not do a battle of wits with an unarmed person such as Kate, he still would help her or the kids in any way he could if they were to contact him.

Anyway, to get back as to what happened after K+8 ended, to my surprise I no longer felt the need to lurk on a daily basis. TLC had canceled the show and it had been reported that Jon was adamant that the kids would never be on TV again (and I believe that Jon will fight tooth and nail so his kids will have their privacy). So being a member of Team Kids, I got what I had been after for so many years: the G8 had their privacy back and the freedom to live the rest of their childhood out of the public eye. As such I no longer felt the need to lurk to see what Kate was doing and what other bloggers were dissecting on the blogs. BTW thanks to Irene's comment above re the new NE article re Kate wanting to manage her kids in Hollywood I don't buy it even though it is reported in the article "But Kate has slowly been talking [Jon] into it by promising to keep the spotlight off the kids’ personal lives". The reason I don't buy it is because Jon knows that he would not see his kids if they were on the other side of the country, Kate plays games now, from CA they would only be worse.

Lucky for me that the new TV season was starting up so I had something to focus on. However I discovered Kate had a way of worming her way into some things:

* There were rumors that Kate was going to be a guest co host on The Talk so I canceled my DVR timer. Two new people were announced who replaced Leah and Holly -- I don't remember who -- but I did note this week that one of those new people was already replaced. Meanwhile I have an extra 5 hours not in front of a TV and this is because of Kate G.

* Season 2 of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills starts up and yes I'm watching the show. I have been stunned several times this season, and yes I have lost some respect for some of the cast after watching them be so catty. It does not help that I hear at home, "why are you watching this tripe?" and I can't find the right words that can justify it ... but yet I still am tuning in LOL. Russell Armstrong committed suicide and I'm sure that being on this reality show had a part in his decision, and I now find it incredible that Jon Gosselin survived 2009-2010 with all the negative media attention. Thank goodness Jon remembered at all times he had 8 children who need him in their lives.

* Patti Stanger, The Millionaire Matchmaker, was on a live show after the airing of one of her shows and during this show managed to insult gays, Jewish men and single women in NYC. Now if you watch her show you know that she is very vocal, but yet at the time Patti was saying these things I remember thinking, does being on a reality show give you the right to diss the viewers? It should be noted that Patti made these comments not long after Kate made her mediocre comment about those of us with normal lives, but the difference is Patti is outspoken and that is part of her brand, and when Kate's true colors come out she loses more Sheeple. Anyway Patti went on The Joy Behar Show the next night to do some damage control but here it is weeks later and I don't think it has hurt her show in any way.

* Kate, Steve(?) and twins are seen in WY and Denver and of course it hits twitter and from what I can tell, the person who had his photo taken with Kate had to put his twitter account on private after being bombarded by bloggers.

* I saw a post about one of the Duggar kids getting hurt and how the first thing that is done is that cameras are pulled out by mom and siblings to document the event. It is my understanding that these children are not allowed to watch TV, if so, why is it that their health and safety is an afterthought when it comes to the entertainment value of complete strangers? As it is they took their youngest daughter who is only a year old and was born a preemie out of the country and she could not travel home with the rest of the family -- was promoting the show a health risk for the littlest Duggar???

* It is announced that lunch with Kate is being auctioned off in Australia. I wonder, is TLC going to pay for her trip since they are promoting the show down there? My best guess is that the kids are not going on this trip, if nothing else I'm sure Jon will block their travel so they will not miss school.

* Hailey Glassman is on another reality show and claiming she is not a home wrecker. Fact is I never thought she was, however, I'm sure she will say and do anything to get another shot at 15 minutes of fame, and since this is a dating show (I don't know for sure since I'm not watching it) I think if the bachelor does not know now but eventually hears what she tweeted re Jon he will get rid of Hailey fairly quickly since a zebra does not change her stripes.

* Kate makes sure that her family photo shoot is caught by the paparazzi. Anything to keep her name out there in the hope to stay relevant.

* Kate is busted lying again re her trip with the twins to Old Navy. Again keeping her name out there.

* A woman catches Kate leaving the kids unattended in a van, takes photos and sends them to the National Enquirer. Of course she would have to do this; Kate gets speeding tickets and continues to drive fast, the only way she might get a clue that it is dangerous for her to leave kids that have been exposed to every pedophile out there is if it hits the NE. But then I get an email indicating that the Sheeple think that it is Polly taking these photos and using an alias!!! WTH??? Folks I may be in CA and Polly is in PA, but I know that she has a j.o.b. because I have called her at work, and I've called her at home and have spoken to her husband so I know she has a family, so to assume Polly has nothing else to do but to wait in a parking lot hoping Kate will show up is more than just a bit of a stretch. The fact is the locals can see what Kate is doing and feel the need to try to stop her from taking her children for granted and putting them in danger. Had I been a tourist in PA on that day I would have done the same thing, and if Kate came over to me and demanded that I throw away my camera she would have gotten an earful from me, guaranteed.

* Kate is caught parking in the fire lane yesterday ... again! Where are the police in Sinking Spring?

In summary I think that Kate is still in denial that her 15 minutes is over (and kudos to her for stretching her 15 minutes for as long as she did). But it comes down to that I read somewhere on 15 that at one time Google had over 5,000 stories and nowadays it was 150. These numbers say it all. It is obvious to anyone who is paying attention that Kate Gosselin is history, we viewers have moved on.

The only thing that scares me today -- and I have no control over it so I have to pray about it -- is what may be happening in the McMansion as Kate is desperately still trying to stay relevant. If the NE article is correct, that Kate now is going to market her kids in commercials starting next year, if the kids don't have "it" and Jon says NO WAY, what will Kate do to the kids to take out her frustrations that she is no longer relevant?

I agree with the other posters, I have to assume that Jon is documenting like crazy these days what Kate is saying on twitter and posting on her web site. It is the best ammunition Jon could take with him into a court of law to protect his children.

October 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Mickey said, "Kate is caught parking in the fire lane yesterday ... again! Where are the police in Sinking Spring?"

It's just amazng that she hasn't been reported for this yet. Berks Countians don't take kindly to people doing things like this. It's so arrogant and selfish not to mention extremely poor role modeling for the kids. You'd think a nurse would have a basic understanding of what a fire lane is and why it's important to keep it clear for the safety of the community.

October 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

OMG ... as proof that I truly have walked away from this Gosselin mess because Kate Plus 8 has been canceled and Kate is just going to have to accept it, that she can't change this fact and she is going to have to once again settle back into a normal life ... tonight I went over to the dark side to see what is going on, if anything.

I went to one site and didn't find any surprises but the truly funny thing is that I forgot to scrape the bottom of the barrel, specifically I forgot to go to the end of the alphabet. I'm serious!! Anyway when I remembered that site I found some misinformation against Polly and of course about Paul Peterson.

Specifically this article from January 2009 is mentioned:

Folks, according to ROL Paul did not present a winning argument that Nadya Suleman's kids need a guardian to protect their finances *****BUT***** the Sheeple are conveniently not pointing out this comment in that same article:

But Gloria Allred does not see it as a total victory for Octo-Mom and may refile the case. She told that their side won an important legal point.

"The Court of Appeals found in our favor (and contrary to Nadya Suleman's contentions) that any person, even a person not related to children, i.e. Paul Petersen, would have standing to file a petition for guardianship over the estate of minors. The Court stated that this is a case of first impression and that there have been no other published cases in California on this issue. We are very happy that the Court of Appeals agreed with us on this point and applied the new test which we proposed for determining who has the right to file a petition with the Court to have a guardian appointed to protect the financial estates of children in the future. The Court, however, found that more direct evidence needs to be alleged upon the filing of a petition before a court can consider if a guardian should be appointed and found that Mr. Petersen had not alleged sufficient specific evidence of financial mismanagement for the case to go forward. Our client will now consider his legal options, including if he will file with the California Supreme Court."

In a statement to us, Petersen himself said: "I am very happy that as a result of my case the Court of Appeals for the first time in the legal history of California has ruled that a person who is not a relative of minors and who has never met them may still file a petition in the California courts seeking to protect the minors' financial interests if sufficient facts are alleged. This will help protect children in the future."

Now let's fast forward to the 2010/2011 last season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the episode where Oprah had Suze Orman and Nadya Suleman on her show. It seems that Nadya had written to Oprah asking for help, so Oprah called Suze Orman who had FULL ACCESS to ALL of Nadya's financial information and even though Nadya was completely broke at the time she was on Oprah, Suze pointed out that Nadya had mismanaged a whole bunch of money. How much money? Per Suze it was enough for Nadya to have supported her family for years.

Suze and Oprah gave Nadya an intervention of sorts, telling her that now she would have to do whatever to get herself out of the financial hole she herself had created. If one pays attention to TMZ you know what Nadya has had to do to support her kids in the past year, and the kicker is I think eventually we will see Nadya try to market her kids in a reality show and when she does, I'm sure that Paul Peterson and Gloria Allred will be there to protect these children, only this time they will have proof they need thanks to Suze and Oprah that Nadya has already mismanaged her funds and no doubt will do so again so yes the children do in fact need protection.

But of course the Sheeple don't want to acknowledge any of this, as well as why one should not park in a fire lane, why one should not drive faster than the posted speed limit, etc. Why the Sheeple continue to worship their queen who considers them all mediocre ... but you know what? That is their problem, not mine, but I will speak up when I see that they are misquoting stuff in order to spin things another way.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

No need to worry about Kate parking in a fire lane. Here's what firemen will do (and have a right to) when you park in a fire lane. I've seen this very thing on news stories numerous times. Firemen can and will do whatever they have to do to get their jobs done and if you have parked in front of a hydrant or in a fire lane, no amount of 'celebrity' will prevent them from doing this same thing to Kate.,r:1,s:30

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Mickey said, "Anyway when I remembered that site I found some misinformation against Polly and of course about Paul Peterson."

Every time I'm slandered by the anonymous bullies my book sales spike up and more of the public becomes aware of the situation (and ironically, kate loses more fans) so what goes around comes around.

And she also said, "the Sheeple don't want to acknowledge any of this, as well as why one should not park in a fire lane, why one should not drive faster than the posted speed limit, etc."

That's the bottom line, Mickey. It's all just a bunch of red herrings thrown in to distract from the truth. The fact is there's really no defense so since they can't boggle with brilliance they baffle with bullshit. And I appreciate the book sales.

October 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

I wonder how Kate will react to the news that one of their former editors has been arrested for kiddy porn

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda in Ns

Tlc Editor involved in this. must read for a small town neighbor

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

And now we hear about the editor of Kate plus 8 has been arrested for child pornography. Is this really a shock to anyone? When background checks are ignored and child are exploited this is what happens. Of course, Kate has already come out on Twitter and said she had never heard of him, but there is documented proof that he was the editor on many of the shows. She is the worst of the worst IMO. This is disgusting. If I were their mother, I would be furious, devastated, and yet she is busy denying she even knows who he is. What could possibly be next in this train wreck known as her life?

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassie

A former editor for Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been charged with 10 counts of sex exploit of a minor, has exclusively learned.

What will MIss Kate say about this on twitter ?

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Do you know about the latest controversy? There was a child porn bust in NC. One of the arrested was an online editor for Kate's shows as well as other TLC shows.

Those arrested include a Sampson County teacher, a Robeson County firefighter, an active-duty Marine captain and a Wake County television editor with The Learning Channel, the attorney general's office reported.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterncgirl

Hi friends, I'm just waiting for technorati to put my latest entry up before I put it up here, since they have first rights. I'll have it up as soon as I can.

October 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Cassie---everyone ITA---Kate should be much more worried about what may/may not have happened with her childrens images/digital film and a hell of a lot less worried about whether the kids knew the person or not.

You know---no one here or anyone who has followed this a long time ever wanted anything like this to happen even though we knew the risk was ridiculously high---

I am sorry but I hope the Judge who allowed this to go on, Bill Hayes the creepy headmaster of Figure 8, Kate, Eileen Oneill, Julie May, Laurie Goldberg are ready, after the wishes of the father were ignored. I hope they can sleep at night off all the money they made off these kids knowing what they know today 10/28/11. There is no my book. NONE

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirene

I find the National Enquireer article more disturbing than the online editor article.

Do let us know if K is in fact trying to get lessons for the kids so she can take them to Hollywood and put them in commercials. And especially let us know how Jon might be reacting to this.

October 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMickie out West

Irene said, "Kate should be much more worried about what may/may not have happened with her childrens images/digital film and a hell of a lot less worried about whether the kids knew the person or not."

Exactly, that's one of the things I pointed out in my article which I'm still waiting for technorati to publish so I can put it up here. Mickey Out West, I heard the National Enquirer article was not true. No idea of what Jon thinks about it but I'm sure he's as horrified as (most of) the rest of us are. I hope he makes a statement about this but he may not be able to for one reason of another. Sure hope some day in the future he can clue us in to his perspective of this whole mess - the marriage, the show, everything. Would sure love to read that.

October 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

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