The Word: Celeb parenting: Star mag grades celeb moms and Octomom commits welfare fraud
Okay, so Star magazine isn’t exactly the arbiter of all that is thoughtful, well-researched journalism, but this seems low even for them. Giving celebrity mothers letter grades and declaring the “best and worst” among them based upon other trashy magazine’s gossip items is lower than rating celebrity “beach bodies” based upon other trashy magazine’s unflattering photos. Not for nothing, but is there nothing sacred that cannot be paraded out in the name of the almighty Internet clicks? Oh, there’s definitely not? Carry on.
If, on the other hand, we were in the business of grading women on their parenting skills, we’d probably stamp Nadya Suleman a/k/a Octomom’s report card with a big red F for ‘oh, for F—ck’s sake.’ A long-time top contender for the award for ‘Sleaziest Way to Get Famous,’ Octomom is making headlines again: this time around for committing welfare fraud. According to a report from TMZ, the mother of (now) 14 has been raking in thousands of subsidized dollars from the government — despite the fact that she earns upward of 200 grand all on her own merit. “Merit” here is a euphemism for making sex tapes, stripping, and other self-exploitative ventures, by the way. File this one under: just another sign of what is very, very wrong with our country/culture.