PREACH IT! Brother, can you spare a gig? For Jon Gosselin? No?
Nobody wants to hire Jon Gosselin. Wait, I take that back. Thousands of businesses apparently will not hire him, and hundreds of thousands of individual people would rather he not work for them either.
Earlier today I thought I’d maybe get into the spirit of advocacy and help out the less fortunate. I saw a saddening report that Jon Gosselin, late of the reality sensation “John & Kate Plus 8,” has received a heartbreaking setback in the personal finance department. A judge last week smacked down the young man’s ability to make unauthorized, paid appearances, ruling that such engagements were in violation of Gosselin’s contract with "Jon & Kate" network TLC.
Gosselin was not in the courtroom for the ruling; one assumes he was out pounding the streets seeking gainful employment. Last month, Gosselin argued that he simply couldn’t go out and get a regular job because he was just, tragically, too famous.
Enter the healing power of the media. I would use my reach as a journalist to speak to thousands of people on Gosselin's behalf.
I did. All day. I even used a media query blasting service -- two, actually, Profnet and Help a Reporter Out, also known in jargon as HARO.
HARO alone has 125,000 subscribers representing at least 200,000 companies worldwide. HARO also Twittered roughly 60,000 people on my -- or, I guess Gosselin’s -- behalf. I asked whether there was a single entity willing to give Gosselin full-time employment.
Not a single recipient expressed any interest in doing business with Gosselin. And HARO founder Peter Shankman assured me that this wasn’t a case of crossed wires; the people who subscribe to HARO generally read HARO communications when they arrive in their e-mail inboxes.
Are you willing to assist this blazing young talent in finding an exciting career? Let me know in the comments section below.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photos: (top) Young entrepreneur Jon Gosselin tried to have a job back on Oct. 3, when he helped launch his Jon's Crazy Eight Shake at Millions of Milkshakes. Credit: Angela Weiss / Getty Image
(bottom) Is all the fame from appearances such as the one outside court in Pennsylvania on Oct. 26 too much for employers to handle? Credit: Matt Rourke / Associated Press
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