Jeff Smith 6 p.m., Oct. 8
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Octomom Nadya Suleman Stopped
No, the authorities didn't pull out her ovaries. God knows, they should.
But after inking a deal for a reality show, for once, our country was able to step in and do the right thing.
I heard a former child actor on KFI in L.A. the other day commenting on this. And, with Mathew Alice answering a question in todays Reader about child labor laws, I thought I'd write a blog on this disgusting woman.
Suleman appeared in court, saying that her privacy would be invaded, if they appointed someone to look after money for the children. A judge didn't care and appointed a lawyer to do just that. They want to make sure that the kids aren't exploited (too late) by these reality shows, much the way Jon & Kates children have been.
And with reality shows, it's a lot different than child actors.
We all heard the story about Gary Coleman, who had parents that took millions of dollars that he made from Different Strokes. And there have been so many other child actors that suffered similar fates.
But reality shows are a new form of entertainment (for lack of a better word). Initially, people didn't consider it "working" to have the children filmed constantly. Until some people did some checking, and realized that some things are staged and re-shot (shocker!).
Paul Peterson, a former Disney Mouseketeer, filed the petition and is an advocate for the fair treatment of children in entertainment. He said he's also working on nailing Jon and Kate. Unfortunately, I think it's too late to get them and the eight.
The Suleman kids could earn $250,000 over a three-year period of filming. The contract involving Octomom aren't a matter of public record.
The Labor Commissioner also said that RadarOnline, which had a secret deal to chronicle the babies over a seven-week period, failed to get the state permits and taped the infants too late at night and for too long.
What I can't figure out about all this is, how does the European company that signed this deal, expect to make money? There is such outrage over this woman, that in America, no network will cover a show or TV special. It just wouldn't garner enough advertisers.
RadarOnline was lucky enough to strike while the iron was hot, and they probably sold the clips they got of the babies and the Octo-idiot to various news outlets. But now that it's all died down, I just can't think any shows involving the Suleman's will generate interest.
Well, unless she wears a bandana and viking helmet, and let's 20 guys vie for her on a reality dating show. The winner getting to donate sperm for her next eight kids.
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