Ellen: "Weirdo people that follow the kids and try to talk to them"
A disturbing report from an eye witness this afternoon described the children being hounded by fans on a visit with Jon and his girlfriend Ellen at an arcade. Said the witness, "After what I saw today, [I] feel so bad for the kids! Adults and children were trying to get near them, taking their pictures, ignoring Ellen and Jon when they tried to make them stop. Even in the ball pit there were kids talking to the Gosselins about the show. They looked uncomfortable. Why can't those kids have a normal outing with their dad? The kids were having fun but they kept running to Daddy and Ellen. With some discussion, eventually people stopped taking pictures. The kids need to be off television. This is not fair to them. Kudos to Ellen for standing up to the adults who refused to stop taking pictures. She has those kids' best interest in her heart."
A few hours later, Ellen confirmed the incident by taking to her Facebook page to vent her frustration. She said the kids were "attacked" with cameras even though Ellen asked the fans to stop. Ellen went on to say, "I'm not even bothered by paparazzi anymore, it's the weirdo people that follow the kids and try to talk to them that pisses me off."
Kate's fans are upset with those who criticize Kate. But ironically, just as Kate, Steve, and now Ellen have confirmed, it's the fans causing problems for the children, not the detractors. We're reminded of Alison Angrim's testimony this week at the Child Labor Hearings. She said, since an adult would find it "fun" to be famous, they assume a child would too.