A mere 20 months after she whipped the media into a frenzy by giving birth to octuplets, Nadya Suleman is broke and might have to go on welfare (again).
No networks want her and her 14 kids for a reality television series. No publishers want to put out her book. No one wants to give her a merchandising deal. And the cover of People magazine? That's obviously out of the question.
It's tempting to blame Octo-Mom herself for her money problems. But that would be allowing the real culprit in this tragedy to shirk its responsibility ...
America, I hope you're sorry. Because Octo-Mom's bleak financial future is entirely all your fault.
That Nadya Suleman has failed in her quest for fame and fortune flies in the face of not just reason, but of everything the American television viewing public holds dear:
We adore reality series starring families with more than a few kids. In fact, having way too many kids seems to be a recipe for instant success -- just ask TLC. Whether we're talking about children or shows on our DVR, I think the general consensus is "the more, the merrier!" I know the Duggars would agree. So why is Octo-Mom still out in the cold?
We go nuts for people who pimp out their kids. Or is there another way to explain the popularity of Toddlers & Tiaras? Some parents may try to exploit their children a little too much, but we keep them in check by calling them "bad." That we would refuse another opportunity to publicly judge Octo-Mom is the opposite of common sense.
We're willing participants in others' desperate attempts to hog the media spotlight. Oh, sure, we complain when they get multiple reality series and show off their bikini bodies every chance they get. But that doesn't mean we'd actually stop buying the tabloids or giving those people the attention they think they deserve -- except in the case of one Nadya Suleman.
Octo-Mom used to annoy me. But after reading new reports that she can't pay her mortgage, I'm left feeling sad. And I can't help feeling just a tad bit guilty -- that we all voraciously consumed each and every minute detail of her and her kids' lives, only to tire and forget about her in the end.
Why can't Octo-Mom get a reality deal?
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