You know you've wondered about it.
After watching umpteen sickly-sweet videos like the one above, in which the Jon & Kate Plus 8 lead couple indicates that their meet-cute was just plain love at first sight, you gotta wonder what's been edited out.
Well, wonder no longer. Since Jon was caught smokin' in the girl's room, the discussions of this couple have come back around. I went looking to see if there was any racial teaming-up behind Jon or Kate (not that I could find) and instead found that a couple of discussion boards pointed to this 2007 video (can't embed.)
In it, Kate says that she'd always had "a thing for Asian men, my whole life," so the dramatic reveal of Jon's hapa-green "most gorgeous Asian eyes I had ever seen" when he took his shades off really ... er ... made her day.
It gets better. About a year later (in 2008) there was apparently an episode, described here, where Kate answers a fan question about having Korean-looking children:
Kate explained that she has always wanted her kids to "look like Jon." She talked about having daughters who looked like "little China dolls." She said she wished she herself were Korean.
Wowza. Even if you discount the whole thing about Kate wishing she were Korean (which could be hyperbole aimed at what she assumed were the audience's prejudices), you gotta wonder what Jon thinks when he hears his own wife referring to their mixed Korean children as "little China dolls."
I'm surprised that such old news wasn't canvassed thoroughly in da aZn blogs, but maybe my Technorati-fu is weak. (Please post links in comments if I've totally missed a big discussion!)
I don't really care enough about reality TV famewhores to try to take them down purely for the fun of it. And this post is not about Jon's supposedly wandering eye, either: that's their business ... or rather, it's America's business, since they chose to make the private public, for money. I don't hold the morals of "Christians" who expose their young children to the public eye pretty much 24/7 in any very high esteem, so Jon's alleged moral lapse neither shocks nor concerns me.
But it does seem of a piece with their decision to make their extra-planned parenthood extra public (without their kids being able to give informed consent,) that Kate wouldn't think anything of admitting that the first thing that drew her to her husband was his race. Or that she was finger-painting with genetics to get some China dolls to her tea party. Or that Jon doesn't seem to object ... at least not enough to avoid marrying her. Or that -- once she'd been provided with two China dolls -- he doesn't feel the need avoid using his sperm further as fodder for her Angelinism.
Yes, I'm being too harsh, but I'm rather appalled. What do you all think? Any Asian Jon & Kate watchers out there with a perspective?
The previous issue of Hyphen is available in its entirety for your perusing pleasure. Almost as good as having it right in your hands!