Today, readers, I am contemplating the phenomenon that is Jon and Kate Plus Eight. You know my feelings on this show with its cult-like following. Whether critical or adoring, it seems everyone is talking about Jon and Kate.
I cite for evidence my own writings. I have written for a couple of years at Associated Content (a place I highly recommend, by the way, if you enjoy writing and would like a little extra spending cash for doing it). My Jon and Kate articles far eclipse everything else I’ve written. For instance, my article on the homes of Hoosier author Gene Stratton Porter have garnered a lowly 25 views in the past 2 months. Contrast that with my review of Kate Gosselin at the Indianapolis Home Show February 4, which has been viewed over 6,000 times.
My posts here on Jon and Kate are far more popular than anything else I write. Almost every search term people use to get here deals with Jon and Kate.
What I’m wondering today is, what exactly is the appeal? Jon and Kate are two average adults who happened into fame because they had six children at once. But, others have done this too without the fame.
It’s my contention that J&K continue to be popular now because of the controversy they generate. I recently saw an older episode of J&K, and was struck with how Kate has changed. While she was always “real” (i.e., not afraid to show her true feelings, even annoyance and anger), she was much softer and seemingly happier then. Now, she appears to be bored, put-out, and frustrated most of the time. She lashes out at Jon more and more, berating him for mispronouncing a word or failing to use a coupon. It’s uncomfortable to watch these exchanges.
The show seems to be showing Jon and Kate more and more, and the kids less and less. I can only explain this by thinking that Jon and Kate generate more controversy, and therefore more interest. It’s like watching an accident – you know you shouldn’t, but you can’t pull yourself away. That’s kind of how I feel after watching J&K recently.
For you viewers, what do you think? What is the appeal of Jon and Kate to you? The kids? Jon and Kate’s “real”-ness? The trainwreck aspect? How many of you are still fans? I would be curious to know!