The California octuplets took the first quivering steps towards their collective 120 minutes of fame over the weekend when their mother, Nadya Suleman, signed a contract worth up to $250,000. And all she had to do was allow a camera crew to film every important moment in the lives of her 14 children for the next few years.

Pretty great, huh? I mean, I’m certain it’s what her children would want if they had any say in the matter. And by the time that money runs out, Suleman will totally be making enough money that she no longer has to callously exploit her children for the sake of keeping a roof over their heads.

In one piece of good news, a judge in California has placed an independent lawyer, one Norbert Bunt, in charge of the finances of Suleman’s eight children, over the complaints of Suleman’s own lawyer that doing so violates her family’s right to privacy. Unlike having your children under video surveillance that’s broadcast to a global television audience, which anyone concerned with their privacy would sign on for. The appointment follows citations levied against website RadarOnline, which in recent weeks was found to be filming Suleman’s children for too long, too late into the night, and without proper permits.

And while it’s laudable that the state of California is at least trying to ensure a decent life for these kids down the line by forcing Suleman to keep 15% of the profits from the TV show in a trust for her eight youngest, it’s fighting a losing battle. After all, divided eight ways, that money will just barely scratch the surface of the therapy bills that will no doubt accompany having ones formative years treated like a low rent publicity stunt.

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