"Won't somebody please think of the children?"
Those words, whined facetiously by a religious female character on the TV show "The Simpsons," were taken to heart recently by California's highest ranking labor official -- who might possibly have nothing better to do than make a situation where there probably isn't one.
Utilizing a strict, if not forced, interpretation of California labor law, the office of Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet has issued four initial citations against RadarOnline.com, for its efforts in reporting updates on the lives of Octo-mom Nadya Suleman and her 14 children.
According to statements quoted by LATimes.com, Labor Commissioner Bradstreet feels that she has sufficient reason to believe the octuplets have been, or could be, mistreated as actors.
LATimes.com quotes Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet as stating: "Any time there's a question of a baby being put at risk in the entertainment industry, I think it's incumbent on me as labor commissioner to take my statutory jurisdiction very, very seriously."
RadarOnline has defended its actions utilizing basic journalistic principles. The labor commissioner has made her position by invoking entertainment industry labor laws.
Octo-mom Nadya Suleman's own mother, Angela Suleman, has indicated that she finds the labor commissioner's complaints to be baseless. She is quoted by the Los Angeles Times as stating: "How can babies, you know, not even a month old, how can they 'work'?" She went on to call the labor commissioners accusations, "ridiculous."
Maybe the commissioner just wants her own 15 minutes of fame. But in light of her actions, I just have to ask: Exactly who is exploiting those babies now?
Were Octo-mom's newborns mistreated as actors? Labor commish says maybe