Everyone, around the world, has their own general idea of shunning. Whether a person thinks an individual should be shunned for something as small as spreading a rumor or as large committing murder, being shunned occurs daily. Some well-known people who have been shunned include Charles Manson, Bill Clinton, OJ Simpson, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and most recently Tiger Woods. Society shuns them for murders, lies, affairs, and abuse. One of the most well-known of those shunned is Hester Prynne. She is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character in The Scarlet Letter. Hester was shunned for committing adultery in the 1600s. Today’s society would still frown upon it, but would eventually forget the sin all together, if she were not a celebrity. If she was however, and her situation were reversed and her husband cheated on her, would society react differently?
For Kate Gosselin, this would be the case. The 34 year-old mother of eight divorced Jon Gosselin, 32, in June of 2009 for many reason pertaining to Jon and his actions (Hamm et. al. 1). Jon and Kate Plus 8 was the reality show which focused on these two celebrities raising their eight children. A divorce may seem cliché for a reality star couple, but it goes much deeper than Kate for more reason than one. Although Jon cheated, abandoned his kids for a time, and stole from their joint bank account, Kate is still shunned for their dissolving marriage. On the show, Kate was often known for her rude, witty comments to Jon and that is what many believe led him to his numerous actions against her (“I Have” 3). Meanwhile, during the couple’s split, Kate realizes he was a meager father figure. “He’s made bad choices. Things that I would never ever choose for the father of my children to do.” (4).
Since the beginning of her motherhood, Kate provided well for her family. The ability to nurture became stronger after she and Jon split. Unfortunately his partying became worse. The catastrophe began when Jon was pictured leaving a bar at two in the morning with another woman while Kate was out of town (“I Have” 1). As shocked and broken as Kate was, she knew things were not going well with ten year marriage. Kate described her and Jon as being on different pages, to different books, to complete separate libraries (2). As a result of their split, the media began to thrive. The first episode of season five of Jon and Kate Plus 8 was the divorce announcement and 9.3 million viewers, the most the showed has ever received, tuned in to witness for themselves (Parsley 1).
On top of the countless number of “sins”, Jon Gosselin’s biggest would have to be cheating on Kate with Hailey Glassman. The 22 year-old native from New City, NY is not one that many would want to surround their children. Hailey was arrested for marijuana possession and is a member of a group that supports its legalization. On...