She's a witch! Burn her!
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California's octuplets mom, already jobless and receiving food stamps, has gone into hiding with her six older children because of death threats, her spokesman said on Wednesday.
Nadya Suleman, 33, has come under mounting public ridicule for expanding her already large family via fertility treatments that led to the January 26 birth of six boys and two girls at a Los Angeles-area hospital.
That criticism has mushroomed as it was reported that she was divorced, living with her parents, unemployed for several years, receiving disability checks for three of her children -- one of whom is autistic -- and collecting nearly $500 a month in food stamps.
She acknowledged those circumstances in a series of NBC television interviews but insisted in a segment aired on Tuesday on "Dateline NBC" that she was "not living off any taxpayer money" and that assistance she now receives is temporary.
The broadcast drew the highest "Dateline" ratings since a 2007 interview with Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry.
Furtney said Suleman and the PR firm have been deluged with hostile telephone and email messages in recent days, some of them containing threats of violence and death.
"The bulk of them just rail against her being, as they would refer to her, as a person who's taking advantage of the system, and they just go from there," Furtney said.
He also acknowledged that the hostile messages have so far outnumbered the well-wishes, but added, "the positive notes are beginning to catch up with the not so positive ones."
Some have been directed to a new Suleman family Web site that solicits private donations to help support them.
You know, with all the problems the US faces, specifically with respect to the economy, it is interesting to me that the one receiving death threats is a woman. Sure, she's obviously milking the system. But she isn't lining up for some multi-billion dollar bail-out.
I wonder how many death threats the overpaid, high-living CEOs of companies and banks that badly stumbled, costing thousands of jobs, received?
I wonder how many people can name even one?