'Octomom' Nadya Suleman accepts PETA's offer to place spay/neuter ad on her front lawn
Can you say "strange bedfellows"? Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman, whose financial troubles have been well-documented, has accepted an offer from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals: $5,000 and a month's supply of vegan hot dogs and hamburger patties for her family of 15 in exchange for allowing the animal-rights group to place an ad on her lawn.
The ad -- which, in light of Suleman's status as a paparazzi magnet, is likely to attract a lot of eyeballs -- makes light of the mother of 14's "Octomom" nickname. "Don't let your dog or cat become an 'octomom'," it reads, "Always spay or neuter. PETA." Pictured beside the text is a mother cat nursing a litter of young kittens.
Suleman's La Habra home was purchased by means of a deal in which owner Amer Haddadin agreed to carry the $450,000 loan for a year until her father could gather the money for a down payment, according to our sister blog L.A. Now. But Haddadin says that the family has fallen behind in their payments and that evicting Suleman and her children is a possibility.
PETA's Michelle Cho wrote to Suleman to propose the advertising deal, noting in her letter that "[taking] us up on our offer is a win-win situation. It would help you and your children to keep your home and also reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats."
In the wake of reports about Suleman's recent financial trouble, she also received another unorthodox offer: Vivid Entertainment, an adult-film production company, offered to pay off her mortgage in exchange for appearing in a porn movie.
Although Vivid's co-chairman, Steven Hirsch, made assurances that the company would allow Suleman to provide input on the script and co-stars and that the movie would be as tastefully done as possible, it appears she's rejected the offer. Her lawyer, Jeff Czech, e-mailed the Associated Press regarding Suleman's decision: "No porn. Just Peta. Nadya prefers animals over men."
According to PETA, the group is still working out the details of its arrangement with Suleman.
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Associated Press