My Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Celebrity Moms

As silly as it sounds, I know many of us have a few celebrity moms.You know, the ones who embody some idea or another that you appreciate. Personally, I love Sandra Bullock, and Calista Flockhart. They’ve both adopted, they’re both notoriously private about their lives, and are well-known philanthropists. It’s not hard to think they’re pretty cool.

But then there are the celebrity parents that you love to hate. Or maybe you like them, but they’re just not the people you would sit and gush about with your mom friends. They’re your guilty pleasure celebrity moms. Here are five of mine and why they’re guilty pleasures.

4. Tori Spelling

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I’ve loved Tori Spelling ever since she played the loveable geek Violet on Saved By The Bell. That being said, she isn’t exactly a media darling as of late. Between a high profile affair with a married man that led to her current marriage, to a mess relationship with her mother and being left pretty much broke when her super-rich dad died, she’s had a hard run. But even though she can come off as grating and superficial occasionally, I really enjoyed her various reality shows (I know, now you have another thing to judge me on).

3. Kate Gosselin

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Okay, judge me all you want, but I’m sticking by this one. Yeah, Kate came off as a total hard ass on Jon & Kate Plus 8, but who wouldn’t when they’re chasing around eight tiny little people, six of whom are going through the terrible twos? Kate had to get shit DONE, and lame old Jon wasn’t helping (unless you count being a mouth breaking asshat as help). And need I state the obvious? They were on a reality show, those things always edit people to look awful.

2. Octomom

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No, this isn’t going to be some kind of misguided, half-assed attempt to defend Nadya Suleman. NOPE, this chick is CRAY to the CRAY. But I kind of feel sorry for her. I think there are obvious mental health concerns, and it seems like everyone she’s come in contact with has taken advantage of it in some way. First, the doctor who agreed to keep giving her IVF, then the media, and even her own family, if certain reports are to be believed. The real people suffering are her kids, and for their sake I hope Suleman gets some real help (and not TLC’s brand of “help”).

1. Tan Mom

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Tan Mom puts the “hot” in “hot mess,” and I love her for it. Who couldn’t love a woman who made THIS happen:

It’s TAN MOM, BITCH!

 

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    • Joye77

      Tan mom must have mental illness issues also, She is just too bizarre to be for real. And she is one goofy looking lady with or without the tan.

    • candyvines

      Whooooo is five?

      • Vicki Lewis

        Let’s just say who our own #5 would be. Mine is Farrah Abraham. The teen mom/porn star.

      • brebay

        Yes, I think she shot to the top, not when she did porn, but when she announced on the radio that she planned to show it to Sophia when she was “around 13 or 14,” which is, obviously, thoroughly illegal.

      • candyvines

        Good one! Mine is hands down Courtney Love. Total train wreck of a mom, but I love her. And since dads always get a pass I’m going to say Alec Baldwin too.

    • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

      Oh my god, that picture at the top, I thought it was some crazy woman in black face =O That can’t possibly be just a tan. She must’ve applied some colour on there. Sweet hell, that’s nuts. I’d never heard of her until just now.

    • EmmaFromÉire

      I just feel bad for Kate Gosselin. Maybe it’s because i’ve never ever seen her programme, it doesn’t appear on the main irish channels, but she seems to get an awful lot of flack. And John seems like a colossal berk. She’s no angel, but nobody deserves the ludicrous amount of abuse she gets, thinking particularly of the ill advised column she had on the stir. ouch.

      • Pappy

        If you watched her show, you would get why people dislike her so much. Her complete inability to regard her children as autonomous human being deserving of basic respect and courtesy has a lot to do with why I’m so contemptuous towards her. She was (and I’m sure still is) extremely controlling, rude, demeaning and outright cruel to the people around her. Everything from denying her thirsty daughter a drink (because the interview they were doing was more of a priority) to angrily threatening to throw out her son’s toy (he got gum on it) while her son sobbed and begged her not to. It was four seasons of watching two awful people fight and treat each other horribly, while cute little kids toddle in the background.

        Her bad reputation is well-earned, is what I’m saying.

      • ChickenKira

        In short:

        Jon and Kate Plus 8: Two adults fighting with some kids occasionally popping up
        Kate Plus 8: Kate walking around yelling things with some kids occasionally popping up

      • Pappy

        Yep, that’s about the size of it. With a healthy dose of financial exploitation (fun fact: Did you know the children weren’t paid a dime during the duration of J&K+8? The contract J&K signed with TLC never even mentioned them) and the I-Don’t-Care-How-You-Feel-I-Own-You method of parenting.

      • Alicia Kiner

        Might want to fact check this. TLC fell under major scrutiny by PA authorities with both shows. All the money the kids were to earn went into individual trusts. There was a whole big stink because Children and Youth filed lawsuits against TLC. C and Y is PA’s name for child services.

      • Pappy

        OK, I did. Jon’s lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said in an interview on Larry King Live that “What’s more upsetting is the contract provided that there was no compensation specifically for the kids. These kids have been working for the past four years without any specified contract being attributed them.” IIRC, a TLC executive publicly confirmed this during the legal action you mentioned, although I haven’t been able to find the article that references this.

        This confirms what I’ve read in other places: The original contract signed by J&K made no mention of the children, and as such guaranteed them no payment. It was left up to J&K to decide what, if any, compensation they received.
        J&K claim the children have trust funds but I have no idea if anyone has confirmed this or how much is in the trusts, if they exist.

        It’s important to understand that most children on Reality TV are classified as “documentary participants” and not “child performers” or “child actors.” This means that legally, they’re not entitled to any of the protections normally given to kids appearing on TV. It’s usually left up to the parents/caregivers to ensure the children are fed, allowed to sleep, get paid, etc. If the parents are more focused on their own paycheck…. Well, we all know how that goes.

      • brebay

        I’m sure the first one to write a tell-all will be VERY well compensated!

    • Kay_Sue

      I really agree on the Kate one. I don’t know why, but I’ve always…I wouldn’t say liked her, because that’s not really the right word….I don’t know how to describe it, exactly. I guess her life fascinates me. I can’t imagine having that many children, or that many children of the same age.

      • Alicia Kiner

        I feel bad for her because of the way things went down with Jon, and the public is cruel towards her. I wish I had half of her organizational abilities. But at the same time, she bugs me. She’s just a little too much.

      • Kay_Sue

        That sums up some of my feelings too. I just can’t get myself up to liking her, because she comes across so witchy. I give her a slight break, because I know they edit it to make people pick a side and get viewers engaged. But I doubt she’s highly likable to begin with, because they always seemed to have a whole lot of footage to of her being nasty…

        But it does suck to have things go down the way they did, to have it all so publicly, to have him still consistently bashing her in the media. If he is half as concerned with the kids’ welfare, then maybe he should consider suing for custody instead of smearing it in the media where God, his kids and everyone else can see it.

      • brebay

        Yeah, Jon’s no hero, they’re both idiots. If he really is worried about the kids, he needs to file something with the court, not with TMZ.

    • Gangle

      Is Tan Mom permanently sloshed?

    • LiteBrite

      While I was between hair colorings this past Friday, I read an article about Kate G. Apparently Jon is quite happy and content not being in the limelight anymore while Kate is doing everything she can to get back in. This was in “US” or “People”, so who knows how factual it is, but it kind of confirmed why I watched the show only once and kind of bristle when anyone mentions her.

      And Tan Mom….oh lawdy.

    • brebay

      Most of these moms have some kind of mental illness/personality disorder. Kate’s my least favorite, if only because I think she’s the least self- aware. I’ve never in my life seen a parent try harder to have absolutely no fun or to be completely miserable.

      • rrlo

        I used to watch the show when the kids were very little – like under two. And I kind of liked Kate – she was very organized and a bit over the top, but with 8 kids it kind of made sense. It must have taken a big nosedive in the last five/six years.

      • brebay

        Yeah, I think control-freak is in her nature, but she got infinitely more hateful as the years went on. My personal fave was screaming at Mady for a good 5-10 minutes for handing a bodyguard who was hungry a slice of pizza with *gasp* HER BARE HAND!!!!! Filthy, dirty, disgusting child!!! I get you need to be organized, but she is so weird about food and control it will be a miracle if her kids don’t all develop eating disorders. I think she was a plain Jane who finally had the money to fix her outsides, and is even worse inside now that she realizes it didn’t fix a damn thing about why she was so unhappy.

    • rrlo

      Who is this tan mom? Is this a show? How did she get so tanned? I am afraid to google.

    • doxgukka

      anyone see celebrity wife swap when kate swapped with kendra??