Dear Mouthy Housewives,
On Monday night I watched a very special episode of Jon & Kate Plus Eight and heard the devastating news that Jon and Kate are ending their marriage. Although many people saw this coming, I was very upset about their marriage falling apart so publicly. And as an avid viewer of the show, and reader of the tabloids, I felt at least somewhat responsible. I mean, I know that I didn’t cause their separation, but aren’t I sort of part of the problem?
You are not part of the problem, you are part of the solution. Because with their marriage on their rocks, if you stop watching now, how will they support those kids?
As Americans, we have a lot on our collective conscience so let me lighten your moral load by reassuring you that your enjoyment of Jon & Kate Plus Eight has in no way contributed to their marital woes. If the fans had that kind of power, I would enjoy Brangelina a lot more.
Jon and Kate are, I assume, adults. With free will and decision making powers. They chose to live their life in the limelight of reality television, to reap its reward$ and face the consequences. In the wise words of Kate Gosselin, they did this show “for the children.” And she has a point. As parents, we all walk the tightrope of spending time with our children, domestic chores, work in and out of the home and other responsibilities. Add to that our desire for and Kodak’s insistence that we capture precious childhood memories on film and you see many of us praying for a safety net.
Jon and Kate found that safety net in TLC. Because for absolutely no charge, TLC films the Gosselin children so that Jon and Kate don’t have to. If you don’t watch, why would they film? And if they stopped filming, how could Jon and Kate do all that they do and still record the kids’ antics for posterity? Do you know how much film it would take for eight kids? Why would you wish that on Jon and Kate, who are already going through so much?
Although you certainly are not responsible for their marital discord, if you do feel very upset about their lifechanging news, perhaps you should sit out the next few episodes. Repeat episodes of Real Housewives of New Jersey can be especially soothing during this difficult time.