Diane Mizota: I want Jon and Kate to set a date. A date to go away, to raise their children free from working in reality TV. Just walk away from the money, fame, the freebies, and the paparazzi. Set a date. I dare you.
As a new mom, I watched "Jon & Kate Plus 8" for comfort. No matter how difficult my life felt, I took solace in the fact that at least I didn't have 8. In them, I saw that I wasn't alone in becoming a shrieking shrew and that my husband wasn't alone in becoming totally lame. In their struggles, we saw ourselves.
But the Gosselins have changed. Their "real" appeal has disintegrated into a parade of product placements, endorsements, and willing exploitation of their adorable brood. Out of mom solidarity, I could forgive Kate for cashing in on the free tummy tuck, but when Jon stopped working and got the sponsored hair plugs ... they lost me. Milking their television celebrity for vanity was a complete turnoff.
Their family is now a cash cow. They've got books and exotic travels and a million-dollar house. While Kate seems completely happy filming the show and all that goes with it, Jon admits to having a tougher time. (How she treats him like such a child and they remain married is a whole other post entirely.) They've made the cover of Us Weekly, a dubious achievement, and though the cheating allegations may be wholly untrue, let's just say, "Where there's smoke ..."
Get some perspective here, people. Does the name Lohan mean nothing to you? More stuff, a bigger house, and whiter teeth do not ensure happiness. For the sake of your kids and your marriage, get out while you're ahead. Before any family member enters rehab. In the end, college will be paid for and you will still have the best home movies of all time. Set a date. Preferably sooner.
As the new season begins this month and Jon and Kate work only as reality TV stars, I can predict the typical episode story arc: Kate packs for outing. Insert produced family outing. Mayhem ensues. Kate loses her shit. Jon rolls his eyes. Kids are adorable. End Scene.
|Diane Mizota is an accomplished TV host, actor, writer and producer who began her career as a professional dancer. She is a first-time mom who currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and toddler son.|