Monday, June 29, 2009
Boycott Jon & Kate plus Eight
Boycott Jon and Kate plus eight… Why is everyone asking about their divorce? Gossip is never virtuous; the intimate details of the Gosselin marriage are for them alone. What has happen to this family is a tragedy, and like all tragedies it should be treated with respect for the dignity of those hurt namely the children. My husband compared “Jon and Kate plus Eight” to the “Truman Show” a 1998 film in which Jim Carrey lives his entire life on television. In this film Truman (Jim Carrey) lives a fake reality every moment is filmed for the enjoyment of his audience and without his expressed consent. The children in the Gosselin family have been treated in the same way. The show began as an interesting look at the way a large family functions. How they manage the care of so many children, then like many other reality shows, things started to go south. The children began to be slowly exploited for the audience. Where was this going to end viewers wondered? At college and how many intimate details would be revealed at the expense of these poor children. 10.6 million viewers watched the episode of Jon and Kate plus Eight episode where Jon and Kate announced their divorce. This made J&K8 the most watched program for women 18-40; breaking all the shows past viewer records. US Weekly called the Gosselin divorce “Gold for TLC.” People have become so interested in this family now that it is experiencing problems, and ignore the fact that this is not a daytime soap where everyone goes home happy. These people live this day-in and day out; there is no happily ever after for these children. The more popularity that the show receives from the slander that is propagated true and untrue about their parents; the worse this situation becomes for the children. Christians must use their conscience when watching television and remember calumny is a sin. As people of God we are called to protect the innocent and safeguard ourselves from sin. Unhealthy interest in the divorce and personal sins of others can only lead one into sin. Scriptures reveal to us that the life of Christ as a child was hidden, and the lives of all children should be guarded as well. We as the Christian audience need to turn off J&K8; help the ratings go down so that these children can regain their dignity since their parents are too concerned about money and fame to do it themselves.