Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Jon & Kate Aren't Great

Wow. I know I'm a little late, but I just watched the first episode of the new season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 on my DVR.

It made me uncomfortable.

Usually I let the boyz watch the show. It has always been one of our family shows here in the Trenches (along with American Idol, Wipeout, American Gladiator and, of course, Red Sox games).

Needless to say, I erased that episode right after viewing it.

1. HAIR. His. Apparently the procedure worked.

2. HAIR. Hers. Straight, spiky, blonde, brown, long, short. WTF????

3. I want whatever drugs Kate is on. She almost seemed manic at times with that ridiculous fake laugh of hers. Although one could definitely sense she was hurting.

4. The tension between the two of them was palpable through the TV screen. Awkward.

5. Kate complains about the paparazzi, yet wears HIGH HEELS and looks like a diva to take the children to the party store. Who, in "real life" schleps 8 children to a store all dolled up? It's an effort for me to haul 3 boyz to the grocery store IN SWEATPANTS.

6. Everything about this just makes me sad.

7. My DVR is set to tape the entire season.

Your thoughts?

36 comments:

Feener said...

i didn't watch the entire thing, but caught parts of it, and i thought it was just sad as well. why they are still being filmed is beyond me. stop filming and take care of you life and family

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I haven't watched it in a long time. I remember when there were some rumors about them/unhappiness going around a year or two ago. I think it's sad....

Life As I Know It said...

I watched the repeat last night - and only because of all of the hoopla yesterday (on the TODAY Show for God's sake?!?).
I actually stopped watching once they moved into their million dollar house because it stopped being real. I liked them, really actually liked them, when they were living in a small house and cutting coupons. Now they aren't real anymore. I feel sorry for those kids most of all.

Dorothy said...

I agree. If they don't work things out and become a couple again, there is no show. I feel like fame got to Kate's head and Jon needs to work, even if it is part time and buying that secluded house was a mistake. There doesn't seem to be anything real left about the show.

Kelli said...

It made me sad...and uncomfortable too! I feel bad for them, but then again they had to know a little of what they were getting into! I agree about her all dolled up in heels going to the party story! I did notice that she changed out of her fancy dress while they were decorating and into jeans and a semi normal shirt for the party! I still wonder how much of it is for rating though! BTW My boys LOVE to watch Wipeout!!

HaB said...

My dh equates it to a 'train wreck' - Something you don't want to to look at, but yet for some reason you can't stop looking. =(

Wendy (An Iowa Mom) said...

I guess I'm a bit undecided about the whole freakin' thing.

I love the kids. I come from a divorced family and I just would really hate that for them. And it's blatantly obvious that the children want both mom AND dad there with them ... all the time. But I don't really think a divorce is in their future ...

I like Jon. I can tolerate Kate. With only four kids, there are times I start yelling at Big Daddy and barking out orders before I resort doing that to my kids. Many people judge her for that, myself included ... but I can totally relate.

Whether or not this was a publicity stunt or not ... which I kinda lean towards IT IS, I personally don't think it's necessary to use a show that always was and should be based around those eight kids to gain ratings by flaunting their marital affairs. And really, I wonder if those affairs REALLY took place. Doesn't Kate seem like the kind of woman to you that would have beat him senseless and then booted him so far out of the house that it would have been years before he could have made his way back? I just find it hard to believe that with how she has always portrayed herself in the past ... that their personal business (like this affair thing) and her own personal humiliation would be allowed by her to air on television. This just seems like a set up of sorts. I mean ... Jon kinda set this all up for us at the end of last season. JMO.

I have it set to tape too. Don't know how far into the season I'll get. We shall see.

My forecast ... a happy reunion and ending ... because I really don't think there is anything wrong with their marriage. They are just becoming very good actors.

Remember when Jon was talking to his daughter and she said, "I want you to come home!" and he responded, "Sometimes Dad's have to work!" ????? Yeah ... this is their job ... and it's WORK ... and it's entertaining America, which at the end of the day ... their job is done. However, I think going this route, is going to do more harm in their show and it's ratings long term ... than if they would have just kept doing what they were doing.

DAMN - I just wrote a stinkin' unedited, unthoughtout (is that word or two words or just doesn't exist as any kinda word?), random post in your comments section. Sorry! I'm not even going to go back and reread it ... because after writing all this ... I am behind schedule now.

HA!

Manic Mommy said...

Don't watch it. Don't care.

HaB made me laugh.

Angry Julie Monday said...

I've read all the Gossip everywhere...

Angry Husband (cough cough) f-ing erased my taping of it on the DVR. He wanted to tape something stupid, probably Deadliest Catch or How It's Made.

I still need to see it.

Train wreck, gotta watch it!

Miss Behavin said...

Yeah, okay, fine! I watched it and posted my thoughts yesterday.

It was uncomfortable to watch and it made me feel a little sick to my stomach at times. It's a sad situation all the way around.

I've heard (and read) all the rumors and honestly, I don't think Kate cheated. I believe Jon did though.

I really don't give a rats ass about Kate. I think she's a prude and too uptight. Period. Do you really see her as the type of woman to lose control and give in to a passionate moment? She's a cold fish. I don't think she even likes sex. And if I didn't know better I'd say she had those kids by immaculate conception. She's definitely the type of woman who could F*ck up a wet dream!

That said, I do feel a tad sorry for her, considering the way her whiny-assed-punk-assed-bitch of a husband couldn't keep his pussy in check.

caitbiebee said...

I felt sad watching them. Everything gets magnified through the television lens. It's hard enough to live life in private. I just hope that they can find their way. Being married at 22 and having 8 children by 27 is a roller coaster ride.

I hope we can drop the "million dollar house" thing at some point. Where I live a million dollar house will get you a 50 year old updated house near the downtown area. A 3 bedroom condo goes for a million. Given the market variations lately who really knows what "a million dollars" translates to.

Sarah said...

I wrote about this episode yesterday.

Everything about the family is just making me sad sad sad... it breaks my heart.

I seriously CAN'T IMAGINE the pain she must be feeling, to be living everything so publicly like this... it must be excruciating. Especially since she has been harsh on the show, people are slamming her now when I don't think she needs the reminder that she has screwed up.

I feel bad by slamming Jon, but he is just pissing me off - he clearly is DYING to get out and it showed.

It's just so sad - I think I "mourned" a bit for them yesterday...

Marie said...

Just sad. I feel as though, like Jon said, people will say anything if they are paid to. And don't beleive we will ever fully know the truth.

Pamela Kramer said...

I've read 2 articles about them in magazines while waiting for my Dr. appt. I have only seen the trailer for the new season. Good Luck to them because it can't be easy.

Dorene said...

Awkward. That was the word I also jumped to while watching the show. And yet I could not look away.

I still have a season pass set up but I don't think I'll be watching it with my daughter this season.

Courtney said...

I thought it was down right sad and honestly do not believe a word. I think the motives of both parents and the TV network is to profit for the dismiss (and hopefully a rebuild) of a marriage. That is sad.

Oh and I am so with you on #5. GIVE ME A BREAK KATE!!!!

Anonymous said...

I sprained my ankle and was bed bound for the whole weekend watching the marathon of all episodes. How sad. As I was able to take one episode at the time when it aired for the first time, I found myself screaming at the TV this time while watching Kate unleashed outbursts at John and the kids and frankly anybody in her surroundings. It might be difficult for her to find the time but I would strongly encourage her to watch it.
There is a lot to be learned.

Jess said...

I agree stop filming.. I read Jon wanted otu a year ago but she wants to keep doing it...

sad.

Scary Mommy said...

It was totally painful to watch. That woman is nuts--- and her hair? Seriously?!?

karen said...

I figure I wouldn't want America staring at me that way, so I choose not to stare at Jon & Kate (or any of the other creepy 'real' people with camera crews), even though they splash themselves across my TV. MASH reruns are much more enjoyable!

a happier girl said...

I found it depressing. We used to love them too including letting the kids watch with us. I thought them crammed into the little house was part of the charm. It was chaotic and loud and them doing it without killing each other made me think I could handle my life. I don't feel sorry for Kate at all. She complains about the paparazzi but she doesn't complain about all the money they make from being in the public eye. It amazes me that people think fame and fortune should come without strings. And no one is making her travel all the time. If the traveling is causing stress in your marriage, stay home. And I resented when she kept pointing out that he has help when she's out of town. It's still a lot of work for him.

Surrounded By Boys said...

I think they will make their marriage "work." If I were paid $75k per episode, I think I could tolerate just about anything from my husband! As it is, look at what I put up with for FREE!

Leslie, the cleaning coach said...

Oh, I know how you feel. I only watch pieces of the show (Lindsey watches every minute, but I'm too busy trying to wash windows :-)
It's amazing how they have lost what people loved most about the show. I think watching someone else in the "trenches" of parenting was fun. Their new digs and new looks don't seem to make me connect with them at all.... It's just more gossip column stuff. Who has time for that!

Angela said...

My prayers go out to Jon and Kate. I can relate to Kate even though she can be a tough cookie. She does all most all of the cooking, cleaning, and caring for 8 kids. As a mother myself, I get frustrated with my husband. I don't know what the answer to their problems will be but I do hope for the kids sake they work out their differences. I don't believe this is a publicity stunt. Kate looks like she is in to much pain. Going through a divorce myself due to an unfaithful husband; a women knows when another is in pain and she is in pain. Not saying Jon isn't but he needs to get a set of balls and own up to that he signed a contract to! It isn't all her fault. It takes two! I really don't mind that they have received a lot of "free bees." If I were in their shoes, raising a large family, I would have taken advantage too. I don't think to many people out there wouldn't have. If they would be really honest with themselves. I would love to get vacations, cosmetic surgery, clothes, etc.... just handed to me. LOL I will be watching the show and I will keep Jon and Kate plus their beautiful children in my prayers.

Shell in the City said...

I totally agree. It is not worth watching anymore. I think for the kids' sake, they should stop the show and focus on their marriage and family. Hello Nick & Jessica, Carmen & Dave, Shana & Tatoo guy (forgot his name)....look what happened to them.

Amelia said...

I've never been a big watcher of the show but have seen it on and off. The rumors of their problems just made me sad. I watched the teaser for the show a minute a go on Hulu to see what was up and it made me even more sad. I am guessing they don't feel like they can continue their lifestyle without continuing to do the show but I wish they wouldn't.

Patois said...

I've never seen it. Can't imagine that I ever would. Hoping it will now cease. Unless maybe she gets a dog -- does she have one -- and they rename it Spot & Kate + 8.

Michelle said...

Totally agree. And why is it that everyone who has EVER had a reality show (except for the Osbournes and that explained itself) gets a divorce? I think fame just ruins relationships. I'm thinking that Michelle and Jim Bob from 18 and counting may be the only ones that don't!

Anonymous said...

I really do like the show. it cracks me up sometimes, the kids are gorgeous and sweet, and it makes you just stressed just watching Jon & Kate take care of their kids! but lets be honest, as the show progresses the more unreal its been, they get front row seats at professional games, meet celebrities, be on GMA, and Oprah, and just everything else a star gets to encounter. The kids have a lot of fun and attention, maybe too much. it used to not be like that. they say all the time their doing what an average family does, but would a regular mom write a book about her family and go on tour? would children always have extravagant birthdays and do so many fun activities? would they just in general be treated like stars? NO! they wouldn't because its simply not reality, and I believe Jon is wanting to quit, because the cameras finally caught him doing something rash, but Kate wants to keep going because, I believe she sees the show like one big home movie, to watch her kids develop and grow, plus she hasn't done anything wrong to make her want to quit the show yet. I believe Jon & Kate's controversy is heartbreaking, because of the kids and you've watched them grow up and live their life as if you truely knew them, but fame about always ends a relationship, look at all the celebrity couples today. if Jon & Kate ever want to revive their relationship again, they need to just admit their not an averagge family anymore, drop the cameras, and get marriage counseling if they want to fight the statistics of more divorices than not divorices in America.

mindurbiz said...

So what if Kate goes shopping in heals, if goes in sweatpants like you she would be called a slob. Give the girl a break.
I wonder what Jon was dressed in when he went and purchased his Beemer! oh and the new Motor cycle!! News Flash Jon!!! its not all about you fool!!

slouchy said...

my thoughts are very similar to yours:

sad. so sad.

Anonymous said...

I loved the show in the beginning, because it was so funny and the kids were so cute and very hyper, but the relationship between Jon and Kate has gone haywire. Though it may bring drama to the show and its more attention getting, its getting so overated. however what happened between the two wasnt planned, so its not scripting problem, its a relationship problem. I do feel bad for Kate sometimes, because its so stressful, but she puts it on herself with a the mega trips she takes, which is NOT an average family, thats unreal and flashy, though it may be fun and experiencing for the kids. But they went to Disney World, while the 6 kids were only two or three years old, and studies say that age cant remember over half of what they did at that age, so why go if they cant even remember the time they had there, without the cameras? I'd want to go at an age where I COULD RIDE MORE RIDES INSTEAD OF RIDING IN A STROLLER THE WHOLE FREAKIN TIME. Jon and Kate also complain about the publicity, the tabloids, and the following paparatzi, which i can see the frustration with that and the constant rumors, but what they need to understand is that thats the peoples job, they think theyre just being rude, but they need to make a living too, i bet that they dont give a freak whats going on in their lives, as to whats going in their paycheck, we all do. so Jon and Kate may say what they're doing is a job on TV, but they need to remember other people do too, even its one they dont like.

Yours Truly said...

I havent watched the show in awhile but I know whats going on with them. I just cant help but feel bad for her.

In (Not So) Perfect Balance said...

I have only watched it a few times because to be honest, their whole life is unnatural and seems sad. I too can barely get my three to a store or church or whereever. I rarely try to throw the heals and perfect factor into these trips. They need to take a break, live life (in sweats) without cameras to give their kids what they really need- a private family life where they can learn to live, make mistakes and love each other-unconditionally. Maybe then Kate can stop yelling at Jon. :o) I think she tries to portray this perfect facade. Let's dress up, be clean, go to the store, bla bla bla. No one can be perfect all the time. Long story short, I am with Sarah.

Melizzard said...

I'm avoiding Jon and Kate - they may not realize they need their privacy but I'm giving it to them anyway.

confessionsofacountrygirl said...

I read somewhere that just her hair alone requires several thousand dollars to get "just right". Dropping by to say thank you for visiting my blog on my FB day!

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