Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Love to Hate John and Kate

Ah, John & Kate. How sad you make me. I resisted watching your show for years, YEARS!! It felt like a violation of your privacy that you (understandably) allowed for financial gain. I finally get interested when the cracks started to show. I liked seeing the caring family beneath it.

Now, it appears that the show has caused the dissolution of the entire reason I watched in the first place. You may say the show didn’t have anything to do with it, but come on. The show was and remains an intrusion into your world. It opens up the family to the world’s eyes and judgment. That cannot be healthy.

Jerry Springer always has his final word at the end of the show where he takes the ridiculousness of the previous 58 minutes and makes sense of it in a rational way. After one show about cheating husbands or something, he said something that always stuck with me. When you have an affair, you’re violating more than the trust of your spouse. You’re violating the intimacy of your marriage. You’re allowing another person into the sacred space supposed to be shared by just 2 people. Once that breakdown, it is very difficult to get back.

In many ways, the show was there affair. The cameras/audience became another member of the family, and (I’m guessing) somehow got in between them. They grew apart, if not because of the show them maybe a little faster than if they bickered like a regular couple (love you, Harley!).

Looks like John had an affair, got a taste of life after Kate+8 and got intoxicated. He ran to the light without really thinking about the consequences. Kate got my sympathy last night, but she had her role in all of this. We’ve all seen how she treated him like the 9th kid over and over again. That behavior doesn’t go unpunished.

It makes me sad. It makes me want to stop watching the show. And I will stop watching. Maybe I’ll start watching again once the show comes off hiatus. I will definitely watch it, cause I am a bastard and love gossip even though I hate it.

1 comment:

Mary said...

I totally agree with you. It was the show. Whether they would have lasted in the long run, who knows. But the show at the very least sped things up. And the one thing I can say about him is that he's generally trying to stay out of the limelight. Kate's allowing herself to be interviewed for the cover of People every chance she gets. She has sold out her kids' childhood. She/they might think she has given them so many opportunities through this, but she never talks about what this has cost them, too.