Когда достатка больше недостаточно

НЬЮ-ЙОРК. Доллар США катится вниз, экономика терпит крах, а кризис идентичности сотрясает страны во всем мире. Так что владеет умами американцев в этот критический момент? «Восьмеричная мама» (Octamom): сага о Наде Сулеман, молодой матери-одиночке из Лос-Анджелеса, которая, уже родив ранее семерых детей, подверглась воздействию вспомогательных репродуктивных технологий и теперь вынашивает восьмеряшек.

Эта история, как правило, вызвала бы простое любопытство. Однако по мере того, как Сулеман вошла в поток новостей, десятки медиа выпусков начали следить с некой навязчивой антипатией за каждым ее шагом. И, как если бы называться «Восьмеричной мамой» было бы недостаточно плохо, такие поп звезды, как Шер пошли дальше в своем осуждении; были созданы блоги, чтобы отслеживать подробности ее пластической операции; развлекательные веб-сайты послали своих репортеров, чтобы следить за ней и писать разоблачающие статьи о ее пребывании в дорогостоящем косметическом учреждении.

Для осуждения есть много оснований: семья Сулеман живет на продовольственных талонах, детям, которые уже есть дома, не хватает детской мебели, а ее собственные родители дают интервью в средствах массовой информации, в которых они осуждают ее выбор. Ее пресс-агент сбежал, назвав ее «сумасшедшей».

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