There are increasing comparisons of Nadya Suleman to Jon & Kate Plus 8. This includes a comment someone left on another Nadya Suleman article of mine, asking what is the big deal over Nadya Suleman? After all, Jon & Kate have been living off of assistance and nobody chastised them for it. The reader said she knows Jon & Kate personally and said that before the show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, that Jon & Kate were getting public assistance.
And of course, the show Jon & Kate Plus 8 has gotten Jon & Kate a ton of freebies like a tummy tuck (paid by a viewer) and hair plugs, not to mention vacations. Well, the reader needs to know that Nadya Suleman and her octuplets and other kids stand to be “rewarded” just as much as Jon & Kate, if Nadya Suleman pursues avenues of book deals and reality TV.
I might also add that Jon & Kate have been getting butt-loads of criticism in cyberspace. However, though Jon & Kate have been getting all sorts of free perks, there are a few distinct differences between Jon & Kate plus their 8, and Nadya Suleman.
First of all, if Nadya Suleman were to have a reality TV show, it should be called, Nadya Suleman Plus 14 Fatherless Kids. In the Gosselin case, the parents were already married when they decided to go for a second fertility-enhanced pregnancy. Plus, the Gosselins only had two kids at that time, not six. Plus, their two kids were not disabled. Plus, dad had a well-paying job. I also believe, though I may be mistaken, that mum at that time was employed as well (as a nurse).
In grave contrast, Nadya Suleman already had six kids at the time she went for yet another fertility treatment. Plus, three of those kids were disabled enough to be getting a lot of money each month in disability payments. One of Nadya Suleman’s kids has autism, which can be truly disabling. But the other two “disabilities” are listed as a speech impediment and ADHD.
My nephew has been diagnosed with a speech impediment (he’s getting speech therapy) and ADHD (he gets a drug for that). But this boy is ANYTHING but disabled, and his parents do NOT receive government payouts for the boy!
What, if a child isn’t perfect, he’s disabled these days and needs a government payout?
Unlike Jon & Kate, Nadya Suleman, at the time of her last fertility treatment, was already living in very poor conditions: nine people crammed into a three-bedroom apartment. She was unemployed, unlike the Gosselin kids’ mother. And, despite an alleged permanent back ailment, Nadya Suleman decided to have at least six more kids (allegedly, only six embryos were put in).
Jon & Kate’s decision to go for a second, fertility-enhanced pregnancy was not an unconscionable decision, considering the circumstances. But what they’ve done as a result (living off the fat of the land as a result of their kids’ TV fame) has driven in lots of criticism.
On the other hand, Nadya Suleman’s decision to go for a sixth pregnancy (of her first six kids, there are twins), and have at least six embryos put in, while living in cramped quarters already with six kids? Well, this was just plain madness and selfishness.