Octuplets story is a huge draw for website for moms by moms
Gillian Sheldon, managing editor of momlogic.com, a site for moms by moms, said the octuplets story has been a huge draw for the site for the same reasons it has had global appeal. Since the story broke, the site has set up a dedicated page to the story and gotten hundreds of thousands of hits and generated thousands of comments.
"It encompasses motherhood, fertility issues, multiple births, parental responsibility and the current economy," Sheldon said. "But it also has a woman who many think looks and tries to act like a celebrity -- namely Angelina Jolie -- who, along with her family, is publicly melting down. There has been an insatiable interest in this woman's story."
Other topics that have generated vigorous discussion and debate among the site's users include Jamie Lynn Spears' teen pregnancy, the racy photos of Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair, the Caylie Anthony case and the death of actor John Travolta's 16-year-old son, Jett.
As for Suleman, Sheldon said people can't imagine having 14 children, including eight newborns, much less not having the financial support to care for them. And they can't get enough of it.
"Every single person has an opinion about this story and feels strongly one way or the other," Sheldon said. "You don't have that kind of reaction that quickly unless it involves a celebrity, politician or well-known public figure."
-- Andrew Blankstein
Nadya Suleman, the mother of octuplets leaves her mother's home Friday Feb. 27, 2009. AP Photo/Nick Ut