Allegations Arise of Kate Gosselin Using the R-Word
Kate Gosselin has a fair bit of image trouble following a tell-all book which describes her in cold calculating terms as someone looking for a fast track to fame and fortune. The book “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World” written by Robert Hoffman exposes the façade that is her image as a devoted mother. Now, word has it that she used the dreaded R-word as a synonym for a silly or moronic person. The trouble is that the word “retarded” is a very derogatory term to the parents and loved ones of people with mental retardation.
In context, her then husband Jon Gosselin sent Kate a series of e-mails from a coordinator of a forum that was going to be introducing the Gosselins to an audience. Kate was peeved at the e-mails and referred to the coordinators are being “retards”. That was eight years ago. In regards to the tell-all book, there may be some merit to the descriptions of Kate in Hoffman’s book.
A former nanny of hers appeared on E! Online to describe what it was like to work for her. She spoke of a lengthy manual detailing all of the minutia that Mrs. Gosselin demands that nannies observe with the children. The nanny also stated that Gosselin’s discipline of the children was rather extreme or “over-the-top” as she described it. It seemingly dovetails into what Hoffman describes in his book where Gosselin is painted almost in “Mommy Dearest” terms.
On December 31, 2006, Jon forwarded Kate an email that he had received the day before from the coordinator of something called the ‘MOST’ forum. (MOST stands for Mothers of Supertwins.) The forum coordinator, ‘Patti T,’ asked Jon if he would post something to introduce himself and his family on the forum,” Hoffman writes.
“It is not clear why Patti T’s email annoyed Kate, but her curt response to Jon about it is offensive. Kate said, ‘These people are retarded!’”
Even if Gosselin has used the R-word, it is something she can rehabilitate a lot easier than her other image problems. There is even a website where people can make a pledge to eschew using the derogatory term. Over 500,000 people have made the pledge. Gosselin can cop a similar “mea culpa” and put this controversy behind her.
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