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Diatribe: Suleman Octuplets Record Christmas Tune.

11/19/2012

In 1980, at the age of fourteen, Brooke Shields was featured in an advertisement campaign for Calvin Klein jeans.  Some thought the content of the advertisement, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” was inappropriate for the young starlett and portrayed her as a poor role model to her fans.

Brooke’s mother, the late Teri Shields, was instrumental in the success of the young girl’s career and, consequently, was severely criticized in the media for allowing her daughter to participate in what many considered age-inappropriate material.  Debates about whether her mother was exploiting her for financial gain, among other things, kept Shields in the news for quite some time.

Similar accusations of child exploitation have surfaced over the years including Gary Coleman, who had to sue his parents to recoup millions, Jaden and Willow Smith, the Kate and John Goslin family and, perhaps most notably, the nineteen children of Jim and Michelle Duggar.

Perhaps a new low has been reached this week with the release of a video featuring the eight children of Nadya “Octomom” Suleman, billed as “The Roctuplets” singing “I’m Ready for Christmas.”  The video, and a music single, will be available on iTunes.  The Suleman octuplets include Jonah, Noah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Makai, Maliah, Nariah and Isaiah, while Suleman’s other six children — Elijiah, Amerah, Joshua, Aidan, Calyssa and Caleb — complete the ensemble.

Suleman is currently in rehab, allegedly getting help for stress, anxiety, exhaustion and an addiction to Xanax, but says she found time to enjoy what she’s certain will be a holiday classic for seasons to come.

“My children wanted to do a song of their own when I was recording mine, and we thought, what a great idea and how fun for the kids.  I wasn’t able to be there for the recording or filming of the video, but I was able to see the end result and I am so proud of all of them.  I cried because I miss them so much.” Nadya Suleman

Children as commodities, earning millions for their parents and adult handlers, has never been a bigger business.  Looking back, what Teri Sheilds did for her daughter was harmless in comparison with the number of children involved in today’s “reality” programs where children are often packaged and sold as comic fodder.

Honey Boo Boo comes to mind.

Will you buy music recorded by the Suleman Octuplets?

UPDATE: 11/27/12 – Octomom’s Kids’ Performance At Charity Event Cancelled.

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9 Comments
  1. Why not have them dressed up as eight tiny reindeer pulling a sled?

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  2. “Will you buy music recorded by the Suleman Octuplets?”

    no. or was that a rhetorical question?

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  3. “…when I was recording mine…”
    So the fact that you shoot kids out like a pez gets you a record deal now?

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  4. Barneysday permalink

    And do keep in mind that she is reportedly pregnant once again.

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  5. In a word, NO!! Fortunately have never seen video of Honey BooBoo, so I don’t have to bleach my eyes.

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  6. No, I will not buy music by the Suleman octuplets – they had their 15 minutes of fame long, long ago & should just fade quietly into the background.

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