WTF: Octomom reality show

Nadya Suleman may star in a series documenting her quest for love

Topics: Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

It hurts me to report this, but here goes: Octomom Nadya Suleman is in talks to star in her own reality show, either on television or online. While we don’t know much about the series yet, In Touch Weekly claims that it will focus not only on Suleman’s life as a single mother of 14, but that it will also chronicle her quest for romance. “The Octomom” as “Bachelorette.” (Though Suleman’s one condition for the show, reportedly, is that she not be called “Octomom.” Good luck with that.)

The big question is, which company has stepped up to air the sleaze-fest? TLC, home of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ and various Duggar family programming, seems the likeliest culprit. But the network said in February it was not planning to develop a series featuring the Sulemans.



As for why the idea is repellent, allow me to cede Captain Obvious duties to feminist lawyer Gloria Allred, whose nursing organization Angels in Waiting U.S.A. briefly provided free, in-home care to the octuplets. “If she is looking for men, she is looking for love in all the wrong places,” Allred told OK! Magazine. “Rather than doing a reality show, she needs to deal with the reality that she has 14 children (a number with special needs) who need her to be there with them to love them and be a real mother to them.”

Unsurprisingly, Allred also noted that, ”When the cameras were not rolling she was absent from the babies and the nurses for significant blocks of time and never volunteered to feed the babies herself.” Huh. Well, if TV cameras are the only things that can make Nadya Suleman focus on parenting, then round-the-clock TV cameras there shall be!

Judy Berman is a writer and editor in Brooklyn. She is a regular contributor to Salon's Broadsheet.

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