June 19th, 2009
10:41 AM ET
My phone hasn’t stopped buzzing since news broke that there will be a special announcement on “Jon & Kate” Monday night.
Speculation as to whether or not the couple is divorcing is running rampant and I had been expecting that folks would be taking sides.
I was wrong.
Over and over I have been hearing “Good for Jon if it’s true” and “I hope he does get away from her.” My own mother - while doubting that they are actually splitting up - has been known to lament what she perceives as Kate “treating Jon like he is a dog.”
Posters to this blog have also been less than kind, and the brunt of the ire has been aimed at Kate.
Commenting under the name “The Truth Hurts,” one person wrote “[Kate] is a disgusting human being, consumed with image and her own vanity. I hope Jon takes her for everything,” while Valerie Murphy said “She is a publicity whore and will regret the day that she and he chose to subject their minor children to a media circus, never mind the fact there are 8 young children being cared for by a team.”
But is Kate being treated fairly?
Would any of us want to live in a fishbowl, having our every word and action documented for the world to see, judge and comment on even if the financial compensation was hefty?
Life can get pretty crazy sometimes, especially with eight children. How many people who would want to see their lives filmed, edited and packaged for maximum entertainment?
Is the hunger for fame really that vast that people no longer care if the harsh glare of reality television more often than not shines a light on those parts of themselves that are less than flattering?
After the demise of his marriage, former reality star Nick Lachey was quoted as saying he and his now ex-wife Jessica Simpson found themselves in real life slipping into the roles they portrayed on the show: her the ditzy bride, and he the longsuffering groom scratching his head at her antics.
Have Jon and Kate been cast as the henpecked hubby fighting for freedom from his shrew of a wife and, if so, are those roles they can ever escape?
–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer
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