Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A Fans Love/Hate Journey & Back Again, Additional Kate Recipes
Happy Marathon Hump Day! Things have been hectic here in Baby Mama's home, so I am thankful I have another great post by a woman named Karen. It was posted on Facebook and I feel that it represents alot of your feelings as you take the journey that is Jon & Kate.....
"Being originally a big BIG fan of JK+8, and then having read various blogs and websites online for the past few months has really soured my appreciation for them. And from that point on, I've been watching the episodes with a skeptical eye and being wary of all their actions that seem to coincide with all the negative stuff online. But recently, I've been retracing my thoughts and realized that my extreme admiration for them still exists.
I started watching JK+8 from the very beginning with the one hour specials. I remember being in a hotel room and flipping through the channels when I noticed the sight of so many little babies and the scene of Kate talking about how Cara was her "helper girl" in cooking. I've always had an interest in baby shows and children from mixed heritages and large families, so naturally this show appealed to me. And when the weekly episodes came on, I was absolutely thrilled! I really adored Jon and Kate and how they were able to raise their amazing family. My thoughts at the time were just, "Wow, what an amazing family, how blessed and lucky they were, and how I really looked up to Jon and Kate's relationship". I loved seeing Jon and Kate interact with each other because it seemed so real and full of love. I just loved the show SO much! I could not get enough of it.
Then, the shift occurred. I somehow found out about GWoP and Julie's blog. I was present in the group when Julie first posted here about the link to her fan group of Aunt Jodi. Soon, I became an avid reader of GWoP and found out more and more about JK+8. I became sceptical, thinking that JK were not as real as they seemed on television, and became very affected by all the info that I read. Nevertheless, I didn't become a "hater" as some of you like to say, but rather, I approached the entire thing with lots of questions, and wanting to inspire others to talk about it also. I didn't know the entire truth, but only knew the side of what was happening through the online community. As some of you might have noticed, I've participated in a number of discussion boards on here, trying to find the truth on an objective level as much as I could.
From that point on to the last couple of weeks, I've still been a fan and watching the shows, but what was being said online always lurked in the back of my head.
Then, another change occurred. I thought to myself, there's so many people coming up online that say so many things of what they believe to be true of JK. And so many of those things are purely negative things that bash Kate and their decision of doing the show. Yes, the children are "exploited" in a sense, and yes they are "living off the show" and receiving freebies left right and center, and there is still the question of their extended family members. But I've realized, just by watching the show, the kids are happy and receiving so much that they wouldn't have if they didn't do the show. And most people really don’t know what it’s like to raise 8 small children. I still think Jon and Kate are SO very lucky to have so many beautiful kids. I don’t know what the future holds for them, but I still admire them very, very much.
Basically, I've come from a long way. From being a devoted fan, to being a skeptical fan, to being almost “hateful”, and now coming full circle to being a fan again.
I don’t know how others have felt about the issue (those who know all the controversies surrounding the Gosselins), but this has been my take on the entire thing. I’m looking forward to more episodes though, but only if Jon and Kate decide that it is in their best interests to continue.
Thanks for reading :) Props to anyone who read the whole thing :D"
Additions To "My Favorite Kate Recipes"
When I first started this blog the last week of July this was the third blog I did. I added Korean Beef Bulgogi in honor of Jon. You can see all the recipes HERE.