Last night's season premier of Superninny, oh, I'm sorry, Supernanny, showcased the Chapman family. Their apparent lack of any involvement in their children's lives and their leaving their two older daughters to raise the three young sons has people all over the internet in an uproar. How could they? Has CPS been called? They don't deserve those children!
May I enlighten those of you seek truth? Sara Chapman is a friend of mine. A very dear friend. I met her online at a website for parent's of twins. Since we both have four year old twin boys and a three year old boy, we immediately clicked. Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure of flying out to see her and the immeasurable honor of having her fly out to see me and photograph myself and my children.
This woman is not a perfect parent. I'm not a perfect parent either (shocker I know!). Actually, none of us are. When Sara agreed to let Supernanny into her house she did so expecting help with regular parenting issues. You know, temper tantrums, moody teens, bedtime routines, etc. Instead, she was branded a monster.
Sadly, reality television very rarely shows us any reality. While Supernanny painted a scene where Brit and Moriah slave away taking care of their three young brothers day in and day out, the show failed to mention that more often the grandparents come in to watch the children while Sara works. Sara was seen to be gone all day. Not once did they mention that for "Observation Day" the producers told Sara what time to leave and what time to come home. Ten hour days? Only for Supernanny.
All day I have watched message boards, seen my friend torn to pieces and shuddered. Last night, just an hour after the shows ending, I received a tearful phone call from Sara. Someone on a message board leaked her personal info. She received kidnap threats, death threats and pleas to give up her children both on her email and on her cell phone. Today she has had to have police protection at the house for fear that someone will attempt to take her small sons.
A mother's attempt to find help has resulted in witch hunt with massive proportions, thanks to the internet. The mother cannot even speak out in her own defense lest ABC find her in violation of their contract and sue her. How can this happen? How can we let it?
Will any of you join me in boycotting ABC until they respond with a recant? Or maybe they could at least call Sara back since her very life may be in danger thanks to their editing skills. Is ruining a family worth the ratings? Apparently to ABC it is.
I will not watch ANYTHING on ABC until they resolve this matter. Not even my beloved Lost. I will not sit by and let them peddle this garbage as truth and drag a family's, a good family's, name through the mud. I am outraged and you should be too.