Monday, June 22, 2009

Jon, Kate and the mess they've made

My wife is a big "Jon and Kate Plus 8" fan. That's fine -- gives me an opportunity to go watch baseball on the computer.

But I had to love what columnist Kerry Dougherty wrote recently.

You've got to hand it to the publicity geniuses at TLC.

They've managed to turn a debauched family drama into an over- hyped money machine. Every time the audience shrinks, they manufacture a new marital crisis so they can start promoting an explosive new episode.

Is there anything they won't do for money?

Yep, I'm talking about the insipid sextuplet series "Jon and Kate Plus 8."

So what if there are real children involved? So what if the shameless parents parade their spats and peccadillos on TV and across the tabloids for the whole country to see? And so what if this made-for-TV family is spinning out of control, within reach of millions of remote controls?

Remember, they're messing up their lives and their kids' home for YOU.

There's only one way to make them stop.

On behalf of the Gosselin children, I'm begging you.

Turn it off.

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