Saturday, February 14, 2009

Publicist of Octuplets' Mom Quits Over Death Threats ...

... but Nadya Suleman now has an agent!

On the other hand, for those who feel Nadya Suleman had octuplets so she could hit it big money-wise, it's still going to be a little more difficult for her now, as her publicist has quit.

The Killeen Furtney Group was representing Nadya Suleman for free. However, it decided to end its associaton with the octuplet mom after receiving at least 100 e-mailed threats and tons of voicemails that went to the LA agency and even to some of its other clients.

Joann Killeen, president of the company, added that Suleman now has an agent: Wes Yoder and the Ambassador Agency. He is the same man who arranged book and music deals for the McCaughey septuplets a decade ago. I guess he has experience with multiple birth cash-outs.

The publicist went so far as to create a website for Suleman and her brood. You can leave donations or comments; interestingly, there does not seem to be a way to see comments already left. I wonder why?

According to the LA Times, Killeen said:
"They hope I die, they hope my business goes under, they want to rip her uterus out. They say I should be anesthetized and put down like a dog.

"The American public have just lashed out. I think it has to do with the economy, healthcare -- there's not a lot of jobs, people are unemployed and are trying to take care of their families."
To MSNBC, Killeen said:
"They'd put me in the wood chipper and throw me in the bottom of the ocean and hope I die. We've gotten her through the worst part of it and now they are putting their venom and anger toward us.

"We've never had a public reaction to us representing a client pro bono like this, ever."
Initial reaction to the birth of octuplets was that it was a miracle. Then, however, when details surfaced about Nadya Suleman, including that she had six other children via IVF, public opinion soured.

The fact that she was already single-mother receiving state aid to help her raise her other six children, aged two to seven, did nothing to help her case.

Her use of IVF to give birth to 14 children has also been criticized by fertility experts. To be honest, it's also a source of discussion among mental health experts, including some I know personally.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I think the mental health of this woman is a very large part of the problem, and it seems to be an issue that was not explored by her doctors or "fertility" specialists. While we can do little about people who have children the old fashioned way, when science is asked to intervene in cases where people don't seem to be able to have children, you have to ask why - and then you have to ask if they should have children, can they care for children, and who could possibly have looked at her, talked to her, and examined her situation and answered "yes" to eight more children. As a matter of fact, I have to wonder about the mental health of her doctors and fertility people. The fact that you can do something doesn't automatically equate to amandate to do so, simply because the patient wants it. In the US, physicians who perform sex-reassignment surgery do not perform the procedure to just anyone who wants it; patients must be evaluated psychiatrically, are forced to live and work and dress as the opposite sex for a year, and subjected to hormones and a series of minor procedures prior to the removal or construction of external genatalia. And most patients in the process fail, and do not complete the transition. Now, the basis for this process is austensibly the idea that this cannot be reversed, and is something that the patient will have to live with forever, but isn't that the case for this woman, and more importantly, these children? Incidentally, it's been long held that mental health issues are responsible for the feelings of confusion and misplaced sexual identity that gives rise to the desire to seek sex-reassignment, and they're not doing a very good job up front of identifying those cases. So, those poor souls who drop out of the process are left mutilated, surgically and chemically,and exist as a man-made hermaphrodite or she-male the rest of their lives. How noble of us. Another leap for medical science

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