I’m excited to watch tonight’s season premiere of Jon & Kate Plus Eight. I’m not a regular viewer but after everything that’s happened to them in the media the past few weeks, I feel this odd protectiveness of them. Do I think Kate can be a little overbearing sometimes? Sure. Do I think Jon really cheated on her, and she on him? Maybe. But in the end, what I think doesn’t matter. What you think doesn’t matter. It pisses me off to no end that there are hundreds of people out there who revel in other people’s unhappiness. Why do people care so much about other people’s personal problems and have such strong opinions? I don’t get it. I mean, I get the fascination part: I am a sucker for bad reality television because it’s a nice escape from the craziness of my own real life. But really, do I ever want anyone I see on television to be unhappy? Do I wish horrible things to happen to them if I disagree with their beliefs, think they’re a jackass, or I can’t believe what they have done? No. I think that’s horrible. What kind of person thinks that way, about anyone, regardless of whether they are on tv or not? I don’t care what you do behind closed doors. I don’t care about your personal life. I simply wish you happiness and joy and the strength to triumph through life’s many difficult challenges. That’s it. I don’t understand how anyone can ever hope anything differently for others, much less strangers.
So I’m a few minutes away from the Jon & Kate Plus Eight season premiere. In the end, she’s a mom, a woman, a human being; he’s a dad, a man, a human being. Together they are parents with good days and bad days just like the rest of us, and no matter what, you cannot doubt that they love their children more than anything. For that, they deserve happiness, they deserve positive thoughts and strength to deal with challenges as we all do, they deserve our respect. Life is not easy, for anybody. We should be here for each other, as fellow human beings all trying to do the best we can, regardless. Bottom line.