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Even Nadya Suleman (aka "Octomom") acknowledges that her life and family have become something of a "carnival attraction." This week, the single mom of 14 allowed the Oprah Winfrey Show crew's cameras into her home for 24 hours. While the footage depicted a manic life with worrisome images (at one point, a 3-year-old steps on one of the 14-month-old octuplets), the real question is, why are we still lining up for a peek at this circus?
We saw a typical chaotic morning in the household (lots of crying, feeding, and running around, to say the least), and how 34-year-old Suleman copes with stress. In one clip, she pleads with her oldest child to wake up and go to school so that child protective services don't come for them.
In another moment, the show's producers ask Suleman if she fears another nanny has quit on her. She barks back that none of her staff has ever quit, but that she's fired plenty.
Suleman also chatted with Winfrey, 56, via satellite. While she vehemently resents her famous nickname ("This 'Octomom' is a fictional character") and said she'd never put her children on a reality show ("That robs them of their childhood and I think it's borderline abusive"), you could hear heads being scratched across the country. Didn't she just let Oprah's cameras record her family's private moments for 24 hours? Didn't the The New York Times once report that she was shooting a series?
The California native now says she's "embarrassed" by bikini pictures she posed for in January, but did it because "I needed to make money to put food in my children's mouths."
Suleman, like Kate Gosselin, apparently believes reality-TV shows and magazine shoots are the only viable jobs left. On the other hand, for average moms (Suleman was a student before her octuplet pregancy, and Gosselin used to be a nurse) thrust into the extraordinary circumstance of raising way too many babies, perhaps those are the few income sources that pay well enough to cover all the everyday bills.
Suleman sounded manic (though slightly less than during her February appearance on The View) while speaking to Winfrey about the highly scrutinized life she leads. While she did open up about her financial needs and why she'd never consider giving her children up for adoption, the entire spectacle -- if not for the worry about how the children will survive the barely supervised mayhem at home -- just makes us want to look away.
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