Mean Betty: Would You Cry Over Old Episodes of Your Own Show? Kate Gosselin Does
Oh, boo hoo, Kate Gosselin! Mean Betty thinks it is high time you left the past in the past and began looking ahead to the future!
Kittens, there are some mornings when Meanie wakes up and wonders if Andy Warhol was psychic. When he uttered his famous phrase in 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,” no one had any idea just how accurate his prediction would turn out to be. How so? Meanie is talking, of course, about the phenomenon of reality television and its oft-times questionable stars. Darling Andy, however, failed to address one crucial aspect of this “15 minutes of fame” theory—namely, what happens to its recipients once those 15 minutes are up?
For this exploration, Meanie would like to use as an example Kate Gosselin, formerly of the TLC program Kate Plus 8, which in turn was formerly known as Jon & Kate Plus 8. At the time the show debuted (five years ago in 2007), Jon and Kate Gosselin were merely a family who had been surprised by a set of sextuplets on top of their existing pair of twins. But somehow, what began as something innocent—a household trying to adjust suddenly to being a family of ten instead of a family of four—grew out of control, resulting in the same trips and traps that many more seasoned celebrities had fallen prey to. Of course, all things must come to an end, and when Jon & Kate Plus 8 became first Kate Plus 8 before getting cancelled all together, Kate Gosselin freaked out—but not for the reasons one would think. For Kate, rejoin the real world, as opposed to the reality TV world, was unthinkable: She had grown so used to being in possession of this strange thing called “fame” that she couldn’t imagine living without it.
So what has Kate been doing? After attempting unsuccessfully to recapture her television-based fame, she began blogging for a website called Coupon Cabin—and in her spare time, she and her titular eight (former husband Jon is apparently not included in their family viewings) watch old episodes of their television and cry. Just last week, Kate Tweeted the following as they bore witness to their own past adventures:
Then she followed up that little gem with this once about ten minutes later:
Why, indeed, dear Kate? Why, indeed? Although Meanie does to some degree understand how difficult it must be to readjust to life as a normal person after being a “star”—or at least after being the focus of the media’s attention for a certain amount of time—she also believes that there comes a point when one must bid farewell to times past and begin looking instead towards times to come. After all, it’s been nearly a year since Kate Plus 8’s cancelation; and although the butler is still in mourning about the loss of his favorite guilty pleasure program, it is, simply put, time to move on—both for the butler AND Kate. And though there are many ways to move on from such a loss, mooning over old episodes is NOT one of them. It is, instead, rather sad and pathetic. It is harming not only yourself, but worse, your children as well. What example does this sort of behavior set for them? Not a good one, that is for certain.
Is this what awaits all people who shoot to stardom via reality television? Sitting in front of the boob tube, watching reruns and sobbing over your former glory? If it is, Meanie wants nothing to do with it. Kate? It’s time to put away the remote and get on with your life. Encourage your children to get on with their lives, too. You may not be traveling the globe with TLC anymore, but you’ve still got each other—and that, as they say, ain’t nothin’.