Let me start off by saying that I don’t watch John & Kate Plus 8 and I don’t know a whole lot about this Kate woman except that she is the mom to eight children, has an unfortunate soccer mom shotgun haircut, is going through a divorce and that people really don’t like her. A clip released by Access Hollywood that shows Kate Gosselin with her wiggly eight children before going live for a segment has been creating quite the stir online. In the clip (above) Kate’s daughter Mady whines about being thirsty. Kate says that she is also thirsty and asks for a bottle of water, drinks from it, but doesn’t share any with her pleading daughter. Hitler-level monster stuff, right? Eh. First, just looking at those eight children fidgeting around is giving me anxiety, so I’m not going to pretend that I know how to appropriately tame a TV-ready army of suburban tykes. Secondly, Kate mentions that drinks are coming for the children and then, after Mady lays down the appropriate level of child-like manipulation (“you’re really mean…you drank it right in front of my face!”) Kate prepares to get the bottle of water but has to stop because they are going live in a matter of seconds. But of course, everyone is going crazy that this further proves that Kate is a monster from Hell who can’t stop spitting out babies that she can abuse and exploit.
Again, I don’t know the deal with Kate, but why is everyone overreacting to this? Have we become so accustomed to overparenting that we now admonish parents for not being able to indulge the whines of their children? Or is Kate’s behavior really evidence of neglect?