With the semi-success of last weeks "Joelgate" this week I thought I would discuss the mother of all Gosselin GATES "Gumgate". I got into it a bit on my first day of blogging HERE. This particular "Gate" encompasses so many more things than the others. This is the blog that sent Julie (Jodie Kreider's sister) to write her infamous blog, where she basically blasted the Gosselins over having the right to say "no more gum". For me, though I know for a sister I would practically do anything, I draw the line when it comes to slander. Her blog in thanks to GWOP became a overnight sensation not based on accuracy, but on malicious intent. What started out as what people thought was a woman intent on helping the kids, became nothing more than a nasty woman looking for an Internet validation fix. I remember saying to myself, "give it time" and like everything else, finally fizzled. Because over time, it was just her opinions and not all facts, and when people saw that the juicy gossip was gone, they moved on.
I need to step back a bit and talk about the episode itself. You can see it HERE. It started out as on of the individual "special days" episode, this time for Mady. Now at the time these were done Jodi happily volunteered to watch the kids for a few of these days. She said several times that she enjoys having them and with Kate in a bind, she obliged. During that outing she gave the kids balls of gum asking them if they had permission. yeah, as a huge choking hazard I am totally with Kate on this one.
Now how Kate reacts is kind of sticky (no pun intended) and how people feel about it varies in several ways. Either they agree, hate Kate and disagree just because they dislike Kate, or basically just disagree with how she handled it. Knowing how I too have flown of the handle every once in a while depending on my day I side with Kate. If you watch it over, I feel that Kate was rational and calm while talking to Jodi about it, and I would have done the same. But you see the other half as a viewer, the part were not really supposed to see, and that's Kate yelling at Collin about his blankie being thrown out. And while I don't agree how she handled that part, were not aware of the exhaustion of the day and the mood she was in. Give her a break. Now the fact that Julie wrote PAGES of her feelings about this on her blog, it goes to show you how people feel about certain situations. She blew it out of proportion because she had a captive audience with the haters over at GWOP. They welcomed her with open arms, saw the proverbial "cash cow" and ran with it. It became a huge hate fest, with Jodi doing nothing. This is how she lost me in terms of loving her. She basically sealed her fate with her sister-in-law by allowing her sister to trash the family online.
The nail in the coffin was when Jodi got on her sisters blog and posted a video. The snide snark look on her sisters face said it all. "I'm doing this for Internet fame" (so to speak) and nothing more. Alot of bloggers cried foul. It was too much and poor Jodi lost all her credibility. Eventually once the Gosselins put the nightmare behind them and moved far away from the nasty nosy neighbors, Jodi begged Julie to stop. She had to remove all the nasty posts. Julie even as of last week, is STILL blogging on GWOP. She won't let it lie, or loose her last bit of 15 seconds of fame.
So because of Julie, Jodi and Kate may never be able to recover. They had a shot before the blog. I wished and prayed they could work it out, but if YOU were Kate, would you forgive? Thanks to Julie is was able to become this HUGE thing that was no big deal and happens alot in houses every day including my own. Shame on Julie for spilling your families private business to a world of jealous haters. Shame on Jodi for letting it get that far. Do you really want to loose seeing the kids and having your family grow up with theirs? And Kate, could you or would you forgive? I did not think that Kate did the right thing that day, but I sure don;t feel she should have been crucified for it......