Kate: love or hate?

Who has eight kids, a short-lived dance career, and the most famous hairstyle in America?

You guessed it: Kate “love or hate” Gosselin.

This week her “new” show “Kate Plus 8” aired on TLC which is actually almost identical to “Jon and Kate Plus 8” minus one factor in both title and appearance, obviously.

Kate is, as her head of security Steve Nelid would say, “a very polarizing figure.” Why is that? Because she’s a mom and a celebrity? Because she should be a mom and not a celebrity as some would say?

I’ve watched “Jon and Kate” since the beginning, and I admit I was sucked in very early on. As a new mom myself, I was feeling overwhelmed with the prospect of doing the same thing, day in and day out, for the rest of my life.

When I came across this TLC show, I was appalled at Kate’s brassiness, amused by her obsessiveness, and oddly envious of her seemingly “in control” attitude. I guess her show gave me a sense of confidence. “Hey, if she can do it, I can do it!”

She seemed to say a lot of what us moms think, if sometimes in an abrasive and tactless manner. I found it somewhat comforting to watch an everyday family go through everyday challenges, even if they were on a slightly larger, more exaggerated scale.

Then everything fell apart last year with nasty rumors about Jon’s unfaithfulness, and before you could say “reverse mullet,” the marriage was over and Kate was one of the most talked about women in the country.

Kate’s choice to return to TLC with her show has had tongues wagging about whether or not she’s “exploiting” her kids for money and fame. But I don’t think that’s the case. She just doesn’t seem like that kind of person to me.

Maybe it’s because I understand, on a very small level, the push and pull a mother feels between her career and kids; although mine has always been one of choice, not one of necessity.

Having a homemaker status is something I’ve wanted equally – if not much, much more than celebrity status. But I have to say, once the entertainment bug has bitten you, it’s hard not to scratch the itch.

Why do you think Kate has become the “Sarah Palin” of the entertainment world? Do you think she’s doing the best thing for her family? What is it that makes so many people repelled by or drawn to her?

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