Jon & Kate Under Child Labor Investigation
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM
PopEater / Wire Services
Jon, Kate and their eight have attracted a huge TV audience, screaming tabloid headlines and, now, a state labor investigation. In a possible wake-up call to reality TV, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor says it’s looking into whether the hit show ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ is complying with the state’s child labor law. TLC said Friday it “fully complies” with state laws and regulations.
The TLC series follows Jon and Kate Gosselin as they raise their eight young children, including 8-year-old twins and sextuplets who just turned 5. The couple make $50,000-$75,000 an episode.
O.K. I’m going to give you all my 2 cents on this…..
For the past 14 years I have worked at a place that gets new kids started in the industry, a form of agency support service, we do agency placement and educate parents to the industry. Child Labor laws are very strict. The kids can only be on camera for a certain amount of time, under a certain wattage of light, they must have rest and recreation times, baby nurses, etc.
Jon and Kate at the time they started the filming of this show, had NO IDEA that this little reality show would turn into what it has today. Guys, they hadn’t planned on the notoriety they have following them now. I also know that parents with 8 kids are looking for opportunities. 12,000 diapers, 14,000 slices of bread, 8,000 apples etc….Look think about sending 6 kids to college …ALL AT THE SAME TIME FOLKS! If doing this show allows them to send the kids to school , oh well….. so what.
$75,000 an episode , a nice tidy sum for someone ruining your life for the moment? If they told you that you would have paparazzi following you to Target, at your gate, in the nooks and crannies of all the personal parts of your life would you do it? The money stays put in an investment account long after the public interest in you fades away…..Look all this is momentary…In 5 years you’ll say Jon and who?
Bottom line here is…I think there are a ton of haters out there, who don’t have the slightest idea what it would be like to raise 8 children! It’s very easy to criticize, another to be responsible for 8 lunches, dinners, and 8 tiny blossoming souls!!!!
The Media is at it’s best attacking them, every chance they get…..soul sucking, filth flinging, biased, and utterly disasterous reporting methods. They destroy lives momentarily and then move on to feed off the latest scandal……maggots!