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Jon Gosselin to Oprah: Raising Kids Like Zoo Animals Might Have Been a Bad Idea

Posted by Scott Kearnan  November 5, 2013 02:52 PM

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Brace yourself.

Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 "star" Jon Gosselin dropped a bombshell in an interview with Oprah Winfrey released this week. He's not trying to jump to any conclusions, but he thinks (maybe, possibly, could be) that the seven TV seasons during which his children were filmed by a camera crew three-to-four days a week, and then had the (in theory, unguarded and honest) moments of their childhood broadcast to millions, may have negatively impacted their development and socialization.

Shocking. Let it sink in. Here he his with Queen O:

Now mind you, I can sometimes be sympathetic to paparazzi hounded pop singers and even, on occasion, dimwitted reality show stars. Sometimes people are intoxicated by promises of fun, fame, and fortune, but wind up regretting the high price (in say, privacy, perhaps) that they pay. Hey, I get it. We're all human, and we all sometimes fall prey to wishful thinking that we'll hit a proverbial jackpot without consequence. Some people go to casinos and wind up hemorrhaging their paycheck. Other people go on Survivor and find themselves lambasted in tabloids. Sometimes adults make bad decisions for themselves. It happens.

But when you sign up your kids for the ride at Fame Whore Six Flags before they are old enough to carefully consider the consequences and give any kind of informed consent (legal or otherwise) to participation in the public surveillance of their private life, you're a special kind of irresponsible and selfish. (Plus, didn't you see The Truman Show? There's an entire Jim Carrey movie dedicated to how wrong and creepy that is. #LearntheClassics) It's not Monday morning quarterbacking, nor does it require a crystal ball, to foresee the potential for what Gosselin describes in the interview: "Developmentally, they [his children] have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."

My god! Where were the pare-... Oh, right.

Wait, it gets richer. (And then I promise I'll stop, because we've already unduly extended 15 more minutes of fame to the pimp parents by talking about this.) Kate Gosselin took to her blog, because of course she did, to weigh in on her ex-husband's observations. She writes, free of irony:

I find it very heart breaking that my children’s father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the “development” of our children.

That's right. Kate Gosselin, the same woman who thought it entirely appropriate to depict the everyday development of her children in the most public of forums, weekly series television (to which she owes her current livelihood, the 173K Twitter followers she continues to keep publicly apprised of her children, and her status as an iconic Halloween hairstyle), is now of the holier-than-thou opinion that discussing the potential consequences on their development is... wait for it... inappropriate to do in a public forum.

Which is hilarious, because if Jon Gosselin manages to convince anyone that raising your kids via reality TV may not be the best idea, it will be the most responsible act of parenting to ever come out of that show.

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Scott Kearnan (@thewritestuffSK) is a Boston-based writer, editor, and communications consultant focusing on lifestyle and Arts & Entertainment. He's also a part-time smart aleck and buffalo wing connoisseur. "Media Remix" is where couch potatoes meet pop culture criticism. More »

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