Friday, April 09, 2010

Isn't It Ironic? On Tiger and Kate

Where is our sense of irony, America?  Have we completely lost all perspective?

Apparently cheating on your wife and being a total scumbag in general doesn't matter.  We "cheer even louder".  We dismiss.  We forget.  We shrug our shoulders.  Oh well.


And THEN we have someone who ostensibly became famous for birthing 6 children and allowing film cameras to record every aspect of the family's life.  A stay-at-home mom.  Who is now a single mom.  Who is now not only on-camera dancing (terribly) every week (in California, not Pennsylvania), but also has just been given a show to "visit the homes and workplaces of everyday people."  Leaving her 8 children.  Oh well.


[I get that Kate has to support her family.  Trust me.  I get it.  I have to do the same.  Full-time.  5 days a week.

HOWEVER.

I think it's a huDge stretch to compare myself (as a working mother) to Kate Gosselin (as a working mother).

Nevermind the fact that I think the way in which she presents herself to the public is totally not-likeable...this supposed new show of hers just doesn't sit right with me.]

So is it just me or does anyone else find our attitudes towards these two morons ABSOLUTELY MADDENING???

16 comments:

cbsmom said...

I agree completely! My husband and I were discussing morals and boundaries in our country and how there are none! He cited a popular men's magazine with a blurb on the cover, "How to Cheat & Get Away with it." What does that say about who is reading this magazine and that the tagline would sell to readers? We do not immerse ourselves, as a family, into news. We decided the best way to combat the "anything goes" lifestyles of this world is to instill morals into our children and hope they get it. We focus on respect and treating others as you want to be treated. Oy Vey, off the soap box now. Thanks for saying what, I'm sure, everyone is thinking.

cbsmom said...

I agree completely! My husband and I were discussing morals and boundaries in our country and how there are none! He cited a popular men's magazine with a blurb on the cover, "How to Cheat & Get Away with it." What does that say about who is reading this magazine and that the tagline would sell to readers? We do not immerse ourselves, as a family, into news. We decided the best way to combat the "anything goes" lifestyles of this world is to instill morals into our children and hope they get it. We focus on respect and treating others as you want to be treated. Oy Vey, off the soap box now. Thanks for saying what, I'm sure, everyone is thinking.

The Professional Family Manager said...

There is definitely a double-standard for men and women in society, including the whole affairs mess. This whole media thing surrounding Tiger and Kate is just one example. I find it angering, but certainly not surprising.

Many years ago I had a friend in an abusive marriage in that the husband was an extreme chauvinist. The husband was great with the kids--he glorified his sons, and, thank goodness, didn't have daughters--and treated his wife like a piece of trash. She left when the kids were six months and two years old, ended up living in welfare housing and taking welfare, while the dad gave her nothing but hired an expensive lawyer to go after custody of his saintly sons. She decided to give him full custody with weekend visitation. Why? Because then she could go to school full-time and work full-time and have someone else taking care of her kids, and do what a lot of other dads who leave the family do...spend only fun-time with the kids on weekends. She was vilified by everyone for making that decision. Personally, I don't blame her...she did the best she could for herself and her kids, and loved her boys dearly, but knew she both couldn't support herself and her sons plus fight the lawyer. (She qualified for free legal aid, which wasn't quite as effective.) Our society doesn't bat an eye when a father leaves, but, if a mother does...well, she's bad.

Oh, and a single mother "leaving" her kids to earn a living and put food on the table? Just as bad.

I'm so glad I don't have cable or I'd probably be angrier about these things more frequently. Sigh.

Rebecca Jill said...

I don't watch Reality TV at all, so I don't really "know" Kate, other than from headlines. And I don't watch Dancing with the Stars. That being said, I personally don't vilify her. So she did make the choice, along with Jon, to put her family on television, but she hasn't been the only one. I'm single and not a mother, but I always hate reading stories that pit the non-working mothers vs. the working mothers, and I can never understand why everyone just can't be supportive of each other, no matter what decisions mothers make, unless it's criminal, of course.

If you're a mother who works, you're not a bad mother. You're just not. And I'm sorry for society or whoever that makes anyone feel like they are.

On the Tiger front, both Tiger Woods and all his mistressess disgust me. I never got into him as a golfer, in general -- too much hype -- I don't know, but the fact that he has a beautiful wife and children -- and did what he did and the women who got involved, it just disgusts me. A couple of months ago, I saw headlines about some of his mistresses wanting an apology from him, and I was just wondering about when they, the women, were going to apologize to Elin Woods. I thought it would only be fair, especially if anyone in the whole matter deserved an apology, it should be her, as well as his children.

I'm not saying he can't change or that people don't deserve forgiveness or a second chance, because I think everyone, man or woman does, eventually. But it's just too soon to have all these cheers for him on the golf course, even if all of his sexcapades have nothing to do with his actual golf game.

Jenni said...

I find it absolutely disgusting! All of it! We need to bring back the times when this was a shameful thing and was the end of people's careers. Where is the dignity? Where is the shame? Where is the remorse? Where is the personal responsibility? They should lose all their endorsements.

Mindy said...

I don't want to comment on everything, but I do want to make one point that I think is valid. When it comes to Kate having a job... be it WHATever.. she would be leaving the home and her kids. Yes, there are other jobs that aren't as demanding, but no one looks down on doctors, lawyers, military members, who spend hours&hours away from their families as well. I don't think the fact that she chooses to do Reality TV makes her a bad Mom, I think it's how she handles that job and the fame.

Jen said...

All I can do is shake my head.

Elaine A. said...

I cannot STAND John or Kate. And I don't really care about any of these people and I really hate that this stuff is CONSTANTLY in the media. I am boycotting DWTS until Kate gets voted off. She makes my stomach turn.

Michelle said...

Yes, but please add Sarah Palin, the entire cast of Jersey Shore, & Speidi to the list as well.

Michelle said...

Totally agree! I think Tiger is disgusting and I think it's a shame Elin hasn't left him yet. If she doesn't, then how can we expect the woman who is getting beaten or cheated on every day find the courage?

Regarding Kate. *sigh* She is just such a train-wreck. She says that this is how she makes her money and that she could never afford to raise her children on a nurses salary. Um, I beg to differ. She certainly could if she didn't live in a million dollar house. Just saying. I also don't like the way that she thinks everything she does is right. Can't we all admit that as mothers we make mistakes? She is always holier than though and it pisses me off.

Vodka Logic said...

She is going to be helping people with their problems? Seems she should be working on her own. She can't do a reality show that keeps her at home?

Paula Reece said...

Here's my 2 cents. Tiger is an awesome golfer, and obviously a horrible husband. Is he really remorseful? If he is, then I'd like to see he and Elin try to work out their marriage. If he's not and just putting on a show for the media, then there's really no point in Elin staying with him. As for Jon and Kate, I never watched their show and didn't really know too much about them until the divorce. From what I HAVE seen, Jon is a big freakin' dork and Kate is a nut job. (How's that for judgmental? ;) Honestly, I saw the clip of her on DWTS (I don't watch that either), and I thought it was a joke. And reality TV? Really? There are so many ways that could go wrong. I just wonder if she's not trying to rediscover herself at her children's expense. Not that I'm perfect. (Well, okay, maybe.) But at least I admit I'm flawed... And the obsession with all of these people that we don't know from Adam is ridiculous. How many of us don't know our next-door neighbors but know what brand of toothpaste Jon likes best? Paula out...

5 Kids With Disabilities said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. (LOVE your 2 cartoons!) Isn't it ridiculous that these men only go into "rehab for sexual addictions" AFTER they are caught??
As for Kate, I used to really like her in the beginning. She amazed me. However, then she became rich and used nannies to watch her kids. She IS totally unlikable now. The angry faces she makes on Dancing with the Stars confirms that! Her poor kiddos...
Lindsey Petersen

Patois said...

Not a fan of either.

KK said...

I totally agree!

Maureen said...

Agreed!

Tiger - I won't ever waste the words.

Kate - I heard someone say they were Team Kids versus Team Jon/Team Kate. I love that. I am Team Kids. They don't have a clue.

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