“I know she’s fading from the news, but hopefully someone’s still got their eye on the wellbeing[sic] of her kids. Kate Gosselin is a child abuser,” Eric wrote before expanding on his opinion this weekend in an interview with the Small Town Gosselins blog. Excerpts from Eric’s interview below –
Small Town Gosselins: Your tweet about Kate Gosselin was quite passionate. What exactly precipitated it?
Eric: Simple, really. Thank goodness there is footage of Gosselin hitting her kids, and apparently feeling fine about it. I say thank goodness, because behind closed doors makes it that much tougher to stop… This trend to document life as it happens, and to have the documentation studied by strangers, is not going away any time soon. I don’t think it’s inherently bad. I think the Gosselin kids’ private lives are their problem, not the fact that their private lives are public. They have an awful mother, and a father who doesn’t stop her.
STG: TLC states that it has earned $200 million in the past five years from Gosselin-related shows. TV Guide reports that Kate Gosselin is paid $250,000 per episode. The eight children split 15% of that income, so each child gets 1.875% while the mother gets 85%. Comments?
Eric: The number of kids Kate and Jon have are the reason Kate and John have money. It would be awful if financial stress was added to those kids’ problems. But the money should be divided 10 ways.
STG: Jon Gosselin has stated emphatically that he does not want his children to be filmed anymore, that they have said they don’t want to do it, and that they are now having behavioral problems as a result of having grown up in front of the cameras. Yet Kate Gosselin refuses to stop the filming. What do you think this is all about?
Eric: I think Jon is being unrealistic. How is that family going to live? The kids could have a great time doing the show if their mom wasn’t a cruel horror who is clearly repeating generational abuse. Jon’s got his eye on the wrong ball. The kids, however, should not be forced to do anything.
STG: Do you feel differently about the Kate Gosselin than you do other reality TV parents, and if so, why?
Eric: Can’t stand Kate. Most of the other reality TV parents seem gentle and loving. I have a feeling David Charvet’s wife, Brooke, isn’t all that nice either, unfortunately.
STG: What advice would you give Kate Gosselin, and why?
Eric: My advice to Kate Gosselin would be to get out of denial and receive anger management with Dr. Richard Green in Woodland Hills, California. Next time she feels herself lifting a hand to harm one of her children, she should instead make a call to her local 12-step program. Those programs help with patterns of violence, among the more expected things they treat.
STG: What advice would you give her children?
Eric: I would want the Gosselin kids to know that their parents’ rage is not their fault, and to please do therapy to keep themselves from continuing the pattern.
STG: Advice to Jon?
Eric: Make a legally binding arrangement whereby Kate loses her financial security any time she hits those kids. She’s playing the role of good mom. When she stops playing the role as it’s written, she should be fired.
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