Octuplet Drama: Babies, babies everywhere

Nadyasuleman_lI was glad to hear about Ann Curry’s upcoming NBC News interview of Nadya Suleman, the single mother who gave birth to octuplets last week, adding to her already large brood of six. After more than a week of intense speculation, criticism, and the expected movie, book, and TV offers, the only voice who can really add anything to this conversation now is the mom herself. What started off as the usual heart-warming tale of an incredible birth, quickly turned…kind of weird. When Suleman’s own mother told the L.A. Times that her daughter "is not evil, but she is obsessed with children. She loves children, she is very good with children, but obviously she overdid herself," we officially left the realm of feel-good-parenting story of the year.

I hope Suleman (pictured) provides some insights. And honestly, I even hope she makes a ton of money off this ordeal — whatever your opinion, those kids are going need it. I’m left wondering, though, if a reality show about Suleman could ever really work. We’ve definitely been entertained by that other real-life multi-birth saga, Jon & Kate Plus 8. But Suleman just made the ”miracle of many births” narrative much messier.

So was this just a matter of being obsessed with children, or was she lobbying for a reality show from day one? It seems inevitable that this will eventually lead to a book deal (with movie rights sealed shortly thereafter, of course). But from what we’ve seen so far from the publicist-hiring, highly stylized new mom, she is looking for screen time herself. So what, a talk show? A talking head on TV? What say you PopWatchers? What’s the multiple mom’s new career going to be? And would you watch, or are you holding your breath until it all just goes away?

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  • alexandra

    No, no! this woman does NOT deserve any money because she is NUTS. where is the psych eval? do not reward irresponsible behavior with a reality show or multi-million dollar deals. this is completely ridiculous.

  • Emma

    I personally would rather not hear any more about this story. And I would think that with 14 children, you probably wouldn’t have too much time to be a talking head, or write a book, or do anything that didn’t involve raising those kids…right?

  • ET

    Just a point – Jon and Kate Plus Eight is about sextuplets and a set of twins, not octuplets.

  • charlie

    who is this writer? she keeps getting facts wrong – first KROZ on the bale story (it’s actually KROQ) and then saying the TLC show is about octuplets…um, it’s not. it’s sextuplets and a set of twins. check your facts, sheesh. anyways, i don’t think this woman deserves anything. she’s clearly insane. don’t encourage this behavior by giving her millions. last thing we need is other people in financial trouble to think, ‘hmmm…maybe i’ll have a ton of kids i can’t afford and then i can get a book deal out of it!’

  • Anonymous

    No more of this insane woman! What she did was not right!

  • OMG

    This woman does not deserve anything. Those kids lives are going to be messed up because she will not be able to raise them all, with no father, and her parents supposed to be leaving her. This woman should be in the mental hospital that she was working at.

  • Mr. Burns

    Charlie is right. Kerrie is making a moronic comment about wishing this dingbat makes a lot of money on this ordeal. The only thing Suleman deserves is contempt – for treating her body as nothing more than a laboratory; for the known, and unknown, massive expenses in raising these kids (despite her claims of not tapping into welfare, which may be a stretch, the medical costs will be astronomical); for the irresponsible disregard for contributing to overpopulation and problems we’ll be dealing with for years. As far as book deals or movie deals, who in their right mind would be interested in anything associated with this? How fascinating can it possibly be to learn anything more about a delusional woman pumping out 14 babies?

  • Jenn

    The only thing this woman deserves is a knock on her door from CPS.

  • Jason

    “I even hope she makes a ton of money off this ordeal”
    Kerrie, I can’t believe you said that.

  • Brian

    I honestly believe, in our current society (where getting on TV by any means necessary is the goal, rather than actually doing something worthwhile to earn attention), the more the media reports these multiple births (this woman, or the 18-children Arkansas woman, etc) with such awe and fascination, the more the, shall we say, less logically-minded folks out there will be desperately multiplying to get their slice of the pie. Ah, what a sweet idiocracy we live in.

  • california

    I just wonder who is paying for all this
    The taxpayers? How many more is she going to have and has she figured out what causes this yet? (in other words she is out of control and just looking for attention)

  • Tiffany

    I think the kids need the money. I don’t, however, feel that she should capitalize off of them. If a woman really wants to have that many children, then she should make sure she has enough money to feed all those mouths. I feel bad for the children, but I don’t sympathize with Ms. Suleman at all.

  • Lisa

    There is so much going on in the world the last thing we need is something like this. Why do we even care what she gets, just let it be and move on.

  • Rita

    Who really cares about any of this? With the economy in a shambles, I’m hard pressed to feed my ONE child. But my taxes, as well as those of every other hard working American, are going to be paying the bill for her kids- all 14 of them!

  • diana savio

    Disgusting brook mare.

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