I can’t help wondering what kind of person watched Monday night’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and said, “ooh, they’re getting divorced . . . oh well, gotta get me one of those houses.”
A LOT, apparently. At one point on Tuesday when I entered “kids” into Google, “kids crooked houses” popped up automatically in my list of choices (I should have gotten a screenshot – oh well). And according to one online store that stocks the playhouses given to the Gosselin eight on Monday night, record visits were recorded Tuesday for inquiries into how people can get their own “crooked houses.”
According to a CSN Stores press release, “Usually, only a handful of people are checking out the Crooked Houses on any given day. But since late last night, we’ve logged a whopping 7,000 visits (and counting). People are still flocking to our sites to check out these unique play structures.”
I’ve actually shopped at CSN, so I’m not knocking them here. But with prices sitting around $2,499, is it any wonder they get only a handful of requests? Ouch!
The folks at Crooked definitely got their money’s worth – because if you were watching, you might have noticed Kate Gosselin say they were “bequeathed” to her kids. As in, the Gosselins didn’t pay for these in a literal sense. They had their kids wear “Crooked” tee-shirts throughout the episodes in true product placement mode, and there was of course the on-site filming. They even threw in a marital spat about the houses gratis!
I’m also not knocking the houses themselves – they’re adorable (albeit very, very pricey . . . I bet my little bro could knock something together that looked equally crooked . . . just sayin’). But come on, people, this was a show about the death of a marriage . . . and two idiots, er, famewhores, er . . . you know, people, who are willing to let their entire divorce play out on national TV for their eight kids to purchase on DVD in ten years.
And you were checking out the houses? “Fans” are turning away from TLC in droves, but Crooked Houses hasn’t been deemed “guilty by association.” If anything, their gamble paid off – the spot was ratings gold, even if it had nothing to do with their product (just check out this video I found on YouTube that expected people WOULD cash in):
If you haven’t turned away from them, you can cash in on the hoopla with a discount at CSN right now (enter CROOKED at checkout for $100 off). Or did the association bother you?