Monday, July 27, 2009

What Do You Think About This?

This week's question is not likely to garner a lot of opposing opinions. It's still a good question to ponder.

Octomom inks showbiz deal for tots

Octuplet mother Nadya Suleman has signed agreements for each of her 14 children to earn $250 a day to star in a reality television show.

The contracts filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court guarantee the children will collectively earn about $250,000 over three years. The contracts require a judge's approval.
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Suleman gave birth to the world's longest-surviving set of octuplets on Jan. 26. The medical curiosity of their delivery turned to public outrage when it was learned that the single, unemployed mother had been caring for her six other children with the help of food stamps and Social Security disability payments for three of the youngsters. Suleman said previously that some of the disability money was spent on in vitro fertilizations, which was used for all 14 of her children.


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There are so many issues here.

First is the notion that she used public funds to bankroll these in vitro fertilizations. This is a very significant issue with the ongoing debate over "health care reform". What are your thoughts on paying for a welfare mom to produce more welfare children?

Is she exploiting her children?

Was this whole thing premeditated? Did she have the children to have a TV show?

Is this as much the fault of society as hers? In other words, does our voyeuristic, sensationalistic, celebrity obsessed society set the stage for this type of behavior?

Finally there is this:

The contracts require a judge's approval

This in itself brings up other issues.

Should the court allow it?

Should the court be involved at all?

So what do you think about this?

10 comments:

Deuce Geary said...

If she's going to sell out her kids, she should at least hold out for real money before doing so. This is peanuts. Properly invested, though, it should amount to quite a bit by the time they reach age 18.

shoprat said...

She has many problems, one of which is that she craves attention. Most reality shows are based on the most abnormal of people.

I guess normal people are boring.

Chuck said...

Deuce, Thanks for stopping by. This would be nice and I could even be okay with it, if it were true. I think there has been little indication so far that she is doing any of this for her kids.

Shoprat, I choose boring in my life.

Z said...

Chuck, I think her notoriety says more about US than it does her, which is really going some, in my book.
At another blog somewhere I predicted that's 14 little messed up budding Michael Jacksons...not the talent, just the messes. So sad.

LomaAlta said...

This whole thing is disgusting. I better quit before I break the profanity rules.

Chuck said...

Z, agreed. It is hard to imagine this woman raising normal kids

Lomalta, that rule gets stretched occasionally bu I know what you mean

DaBlade said...

That whole deal disgusts me. I know I won't watch this show, but I have never watched any of those reality shows (except that Alaskan trucker show... watched a couple of those and found them fascinating). If the courts get involved, I just hope the judge is a wise octo-welfare woman who is empathetic with Sulutman's predicament.

Always On Watch said...

Remember Paul Petersen of The Donna Reed Show? Check this out:

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred has petitioned the Orange County Superior Court to have a guardian appointed for Nadya "Octomom" Suleman's eight infant children, reports People.com. "Rather than choosing to provide her children with a normal life," Allred reportedly said at a press conference, "their mother has chosen to commercially exploit them and it appears she plans to continue commercial exploitation of them in the future. If she doesn't protect their rights, the courts will do it for her." The petition was filed on behalf of child rights activist Paul Peterson, a former Mouseketeer and child actor...

Wiki on Paul Petersen

That last link helps to explain why the courts have jurisdiction in the matter of exploiting children in show business.

As far as I'm concerned, Suleman is pimping her own children. I wouldn't trust her to make sure that any money earned by her children is properly invested.

Chuck said...

DaBlade, are there any other kind of judges in Cali?

AOW, I thought this was an interesting case at the time. While I think it maybe needed to be done, I was a little unclear as to what Allred's standing in the case was. It felt like a publicity stunt on her part.

Wiki, thanks for stopping by. I think pimping is a good way to put it. I put Jon and Kate in the same catagory.

MK said...

"Is this as much the fault of society as hers?"

Society is partly to blame, if no one wanted to watch crap like this, there would be no market for it. Would be nice of only those who want to see crap like have to pay for it.