Monday, June 22, 2009

Jon and Kate Get Divorced

Jon and Kate Gosselin of the TLC reality series "Jon and Kate Plus 8" have filed for divorce. Papers filed at Bucks County Courthouse in Reading, Pennsylvania this afternoon will end the couple's ten year marriage. Viewers of the show have watched the Gosselin family deteriorate before their eyes this season. The pressure of raising a set of twins and a set of sextuplets, along with increased media scrutiny among allegations of adultery on both sides has been building on the couple for quite some time.

I've caught a few episodes of the show here and there and have determined that neither Jon nor Kate are exactly prize spousal material. Kate is a domineering shrew who has put her own ambition above the welfare of her children. She seems to take a perverse pleasure in asserting her authority over the children and browbeating Jon. Jon is the epitome of the henpecked husband. He not only defers to Kate's authority on every decision, he reels under Kate's attacks and gets his revenge by being passive/aggressive and seeking comfort elsewhere.

On some level, I feel sorry for Jon. It can't be easy to be married to a woman like Kate who seems to have grand delusions involving her own importance in the world. I'm betting that Kate is the type of woman who, on the rare occasions when she does have sex with Jon, lays there the whole time and then acts like she did him a favor when he's gotten off. I can also see where Kate is frustrated with Jon. The man is so wishy washy and bland that Kate probably realized long ago that the only way to get any reaction out of the guy is to piss him off. Plus, it's hard to respect someone who won't stand up for himself.

The one thing I don't understand here is why Jon and Kate are jumping so quickly into divorce. One would think that a couple that cared about each other and their children would immediately shutter the reality series, retreat into the family and work on all of the issues they have. Maybe things still wouldn't work out, but at least they could say they truly made an effort. That would be the sane thing to do. That would be the normal thing to do. But, this is Hollywood, and the show must go on. The divorce drama will not only free the pair from having to deal with the tough issues that accompany a troubled marriage, but will also make for a ratings goldmine.

The only innocent ones here are the children. They are the ones I feel sorry for the most. No matter how bad their parents really are, they are still "Mom" and "Dad" to those eight angels, which makes them the two most important people in the world to them. And when the two most important people in your universe don't get along, it makes for a difficult life indeed. I do wonder if, years from now, interest in everyone involved will still be strong enough to support a tell all book penned by 8 authors detailing the behind-the-scenes details and untold stories about this train wreck of a marriage.

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