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Twitter Users Want Kate Gosselin To Go Away

Last night, Kate Gosselin appeared calm, poised, and well-spoken on Larry King Live. She declined to reveal details about her divorce and seemed to have a firm grasp on "personal" and "public." Tweeters, however, did not.

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"Kate really needs to stop acting like a celebrity"


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"Look at these poor kids. Stay out of the media!"


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"My first concern is the welfare of the children"


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"Kate, you can just walk away"


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"Why still have the cameras on the kids now?"


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"Is Kate at all worried about her young boy's character?"


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"Having 8 kids without a dad is not going to be easy"


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"If Kate hates photographers following her, just stop the show"


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"Are you alienated from your own family now?"


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"Why are these children continuously exploited for the show?"


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"Free yourself from your frustrations & leave the public eye"


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"How would Kate like it if her parents televised her?"


When Larry asked Kate if she thought Jon was a good father, she paused.

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*Holy shit, novella alert.*

For some reason I keep coming back into this thread and reading the new comments. And I can't help but think of something that Tracie posted (I think) from Jon,talking about "becoming a brand."

Everyone seems so quick to judge Kate (and Jon) for "acting like celebrities" or "exploiting" their children - without regard to the fact that they have become celebrities. Not based on whatever merits "you" (collective) think they should have acquired fame, but they are famous, nonetheless. They have a long-running, highly-rated series on one of the most watched cable networks, and for whatever reason, people are all about getting up in their business.

But this has become not just their life, but their brand, their job. I'd be willing to bet that at least 4 out of ten internet bitchers work in a job which exploits others on a level equal to or greater than this. And there are parents who get their teeth whitened, visit trainers, wear cute shoes and feel frazzled - in the "real real world" - and that's not even to protect their brand, it's just for the sake of vanity, and being able to "act like a celebrity" in their own hometown.

I think what a lot of it comes down to is, honestly, simple jealousy. I'll be honest and say that I started getting irritated with the show when they went to Hawaii on (yet another) expense-paid vacation. I was like "fuck, I want to go to Hawaii on TLC's money, too bad we're so boring." And the only thing behind that irritation is simple jealousy.

There's something in our society where we are not supposed to celebrate, or heaven-forbid, profit from having children. And I think it pisses people off to think that all of this "fame" came from the "simple" act of bearing children. And then she has the nerve to look cute on top of it, instead of beaten down. So, we beat her down. (Oh, hello, Patriarchal Misogyny! I didn't see you there!)

Or, you know, I could be wrong, and everyone really, truly, is just thinking of the kids. To which I still say, STFU and get to volunteering if you're so hell-bent on giving a damn about the children.