Stop the world, I want to get off. Jon Gosselin is on Twitter.
Naturally, I started following him as soon as I heard. Great. As if I haven’t already wasted enough time in the last six months following pretty much everything Jon and his bitter wife Kate have been saying about one another (most of which is not very flattering). Now one of my few Jon-and-Kate-free refuges has been infected, and you know darn right well I’ll be reading each and every one of Jon’s posts.
Sigh. But really, I guess it’s only fair. Jon has remained pretty close-mouthed… well, at least compared to Kate. Several weeks back he canceled an interview with E! Entertainment, which was never rescheduled. In the meantime, Kate has flapped her gums all over the place, including “Larry King Live” and another People cover story, both in the last week alone.
And, I feel the need to point out, Jon (thus far, anyway) isn’t using his tweets to put down/talk smack about his soon-to-be ex-wife. Instead, he’s so far focused solely on general comments about his time this weekend poolside in Vegas (surrounded by a bevy of babes… and his mom) and his children. His latest tweet?
“Definitely watch the show tonight and tell me how you like my red dress (thanks leah and alexis, daddy looks great)!”
While some might consider the above comment dull, I disagree. After months and months of animosity and anger (fueled once again by Kate’s latest comments to People that “Aliens have taken (Jon) away”), it’s refreshing to see Jon refrain from pettiness and focus instead on his children.
However, that doesn’t mean their TLC show should do the same. With all of the reports and rumors swirling in the press, I think it’s important “Jon & Kate Plus 8” morph to accommodate how the Gosselins’ lives have changed. They are not the same 10 people who started out doing a little slice-of-life show. Like it or not, they are celebrities (however loose the definition) and viewers want to know what their lives are like now. Avoiding or dancing around the issues – as distasteful as they may be – is not going to help viewers relate to them or want to watch.
Sometimes I wonder if TLC has ever heard the phrase “fiddle while Rome burns.”