The Sulemans will be British stars! The so-called “Octomom” signed contracts for herself and all of her 14 children, who will make $250 (or £150) per day starting September 1.
Paperwork was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court showing an agreement between the family and European media company Eyeworks. Over the course of 3 years, the children will collectively make about $250K.
This absurdity show comes on the heels of the very public breakup of Jon + Kate. So who is ready to say: perhaps we should stop parading children on TV simply to make a buck?
I understand that many people are fascinated by multiples. We all watch and wonder in horror, as there are some days that we can barely handle our single-birthed babes!
But how good is it for children like the Sulemans, who are aged 4 months to 8 years, to be showcased like this? Certainly, Suleman probably has a hard time paying the bills. But have any of these parents thought to pick up a pen and paper instead of letting a camera share intimate details of their lives?
Let’s look at the Dionne sisters, born in 1934 and put into a sort of zoo, “Quintland.” From their experience in the public eye, they later said,
We hope your children receive more respect than we did. Their fate should be no different from that of other children. Multiple births should not be confused with entertainment, nor should they be an opportunity to sell products. Our lives have been ruined by the exploitation we suffered.
Maybe it’s just me. I don’t watch TV, so I’m totally at a loss when it comes to this obsession. But perhaps the best thing for this family is support, love, and intervention, not exploitation.