Kate Gosselin isn’t letting haters bring her down.
The former Jon & Kate Plus Eight — and current Kate Plus Eight — star took a moment on a recent episode of her show to send a message to those who openly disapprove of her parenting — and especially her rumored strict disciplinary tactics that have garnered controversy for the reality TV mom.
“To a degree, I try not to let it get to me,” Kate said in the video below of the negative publicity she’s received. “I ignore a lot of it because I’m busy.”
Kate’s comments are undermined by the fact that the show is edited to intersperse them with a montage of some of her nastier moments — yelling at and berating her kids, taking their toys away and screaming at them to stop talking and making noise.
Kate has denied a number of rumors about her parenting style, including one that surfaced in 2012 saying she punishes her kids by hitting them with a wooden spoon. She continues to come under fire for moments on her show in which she loses patience with her sizable brood of toddlers.
“To this handful of people who decided to devote their lives to hating me: I feel bad for them,” she said. “I mean, what a sorry, sad life to try to take down another individual — like, do you really think you have an effect on my life? You don’t.”
She continued, “I’ve always told my kids — I mean, people that are negative and mean. It says more about them than it does about you. You can be a faceless face and try to affect people’s lives negatively and I’m not buying it, because you’ve never met me. You see snippets on TV, but you don’t see the whole thing. Rest assured, you don’t know the whole thing. So I mean, for people to just make judgments on people they’ve never met in general is just disgusting and I have taken that and tried to turn it around. I teach my kids, ‘You don’t know the whole story. You don’t judge someone until you’ve met them, and even so, I try not to judge people.'”