But she does it nicely.
Which is more than Martin can say of Gosselin.
The founder of Detroit’s Metro Parent Magazine, a well-respected publication in the Detroit area, hosted Gosselin as a guest speaker recently as part of the magazine’s Distinguished Speakers Series. The event packed in the parents, even with the cheap seats going for $27 apiece in this economy.
They were there, Martin points out, because many of the moms in the audience said they’ve watched the show and found the mother of eight to be one of the most relatable stars on TV. Except the star apparently left that side home – or at least in front of the cameras.
Says Martin, “You failed to show any graciousness in your appearance last week. I did
not find you to be a particularly kind, warm or nice person. You were
unfriendly and actually quite aloof and rude to your hosts and
sponsors. There were many people in the audience who perceived a sense
of snootiness as well. I know because they came up to me afterward and
Even allowing for the stress in Gosselin’s marriage and the abundant tabloid rumors (which is more generous than the blogosphere by far), Martin is quick to point out all the advantages Gosselin has in her life – from Michelle Obama-like arms to that hairdo:
“But that doesn’t mean that you need to be haughty or carry an air of
self-privilege at the expense of others. Otherwise, you risk being seen
as an opportunistic “Octo-mom” looking for fame and glory. Remember
that parents said they like you specifically because they relate to you
as the ‘mom next door’ and not as a self-important starlet.”
Remember, this is all coming from the SPONSOR of Kate’s trip to Michigan. A woman who you can bet laid out a pretty penny to bring Gosselin to town. And she wasn’t even nice to her? For a woman who has gained a reputation for loving the lifestyle her kids have afforded her, she might want to be aware you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. It WILL stop serving up the food.
Because for all Gosselin can blame the editors of her TLC show for portraying her in a bad light or put the blame on family and friends who just want into the spotlight, the same can’t be said of Alyssa Martin. A respected parenting expert in her area, she’s got a reputation to uphold as an example to other parents. And, honestly, it sounds like she’s none to happy to have that linked to Jon and Kate Plus 8.
Read the rest of Martin’s letter to Kate here – and let us know, does this change your mind on Kate’s “relatability” factor?