Was Octomom Set Up to Look Like a Bad Mom?


OctoMom Nadya SulemanBe prepared for a sentence you don't read very often. I feel bad for Octomom Nadya Suleman. And if you watched her appearance with all eight of her toddler octuplets on the Today Show this morning, you should too.

The polarizing parent has been getting flamed by the Internet once again for allowing her eight 2 1/2-year-old kids to -- as Jezebel called it -- "wreak havoc" on the set during a nearly 10-minute interview. Natalie Morales was babysitting one child off set. Ann Curry had to hop up from her seat to rescue another from diving outside of the set, onto his face.

In other words, they acted like toddlers. Normal toddlers. Well, like normal toddlers in a room full of expensive camera equipment whose mother simply can't keep an eye on them because she's got someone asking her a whole bunch of questions. Just take a look at the clip:

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I have one child, and I remember those days. We'd go to story hour at the library, and she'd want to wander away from me to check out what else was going on. Hey, she was with me almost all the time, I was boring. This was a new place, with new smells, new adventures. Sometimes, it was all I could do to keep her in the room ... and remember, I had one kid.

"Octomom" has eight. And the Today Show wanted her to bring them all along so they'd get to say they were the ones who introduced her kids to the world. If she'd brought a nanny, I can just imagine the backlash she'd be getting. "Oooh, she has 14 kids, and she can't even take care of them herself."

Instead she showed up and did her thing under impossible circumstances -- set out on a blanket in the middle of the floor with Nadya and the kids on the floor, and one of her older kids (9-year-old Amerah) in a chair. There wasn't much for the kids to "do" on the set. Mom had to pay attention to Ann Curry and answer questions, so she couldn't wrangle them. And their big sister tried, but she's 9, and there are eight of them. So Nadya had to sit there, telling Ann that her kids are usually "incredibly behaved" but they'd gotten just two hours of sleep on their flight to New York. And the whole incident has been called "Octomom chaos" by the Daily Mail, she's been snarked on by Stupid Celebrities for creating "pure chaos," while Jezebel's writer joked about snorting her birth control after watching it.

Yup, I'm going to say it again. I feel bad for Nadya Suleman. The Today Show did its best to make her look like a bad parent ... and the world has taken the bait.

After watching that video, do you think those kids were being anything but normal toddlers?

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Kayla... KaylasMamaJ

She didn't even look like a bad mom to me.  She has EIGHT toddlers.  They're 2 and 1/2.  Considering their age, they acted just fine in a new environment with much to see and a mom who distracted doing a TV interview. 

Beths... Bethsunshine

She chose to have them, KNOWING she didn't have a husband or a support system or a means of income. Tough crap I say. If she's overwhelmed, it's her own fault.

rerra... rerratron

Oh my god. Just listening to that gave me a headache. I think that woman's daily life must be punishment enough for her stupid decisions.

kisse... kisses5050

 The today staff should have done better at setting up an appropriate environment. Shame on them. I am not an Octomom fan by any means... but they were almost negligent in the needs of these guest.

fi35 fi35

i don't agree with the octomom but those toodlers acted just any child would wether there were eight or only one. they started out peacful and got restless. they should have had them go off set with big sis and someone who could wath them while ann and octomom could finish their interview.

meatb... meatball77

I thought they were actually really well behaved concidering their age, that they were in a new and distracting environment and that they'd just traveled cross country.

GlowW... GlowWorm889

I'm also not an Octomom fan, but I think they're actually pretty well-behaved for being toddlers in a new environment. None of them are really interrupting the interview, hitting each other, throwing tantrums, or running around screaming at the top of their lungs. Well, a little bit, but given that there are eight of them, it could be so much worse. One of them was even playing with one of the news anchors. And especially since she said they'd gotten..two hours of sleep, was it? I'd expect major meltdowns. It's a new environment with new things to see; they all seem pretty entranced with the camera. There are things to explore and they're naturally curious.

Water... Water_geM

She wasnt beign paid,i dont see why they should have given her the golden treatment.its just a peek into a her life..

stupid heffer.

mikey... mikeysmom23

 I have a two year old. In my opinion thats exactley what they where being.. two year olds. I dont think my own son would have behaved that well. lol

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