To her detractors (and there are many), Nadya Suleman represents everything that is wrong with American culture, in vitro fertilization and the so-called Golden State. As details trickled out about the California woman who gave birth to octuplets in January that she is single, lives with her parents, has six other children and receives food stamps and disability payments congratulations quickly turned to outrage. That Suleman, now commonly referred to by the villainous-sounding moniker Octomom, bears a striking resemblance to Angelina Jolie, herself a mother of six, made the questions about her parenting choices even more troubling. Octomom fascination has spawned thousands of websites, an Octo-doll (complete with eight detachable babies), a disturbingly sexy Halloween costume, a musical and a two-hour Fox documentary. In April, Suleman inked a $250,000 deal with a British production company, granting it exclusive access to her home for 11 days. But she insists her decision to put her children on TV is survival, not a stunt. "It's a catch-22," she told the New York Times in November. "I'm damned if I do what I need to do with the media to support my kids, and I'm damned if I don't. If I don't, I can't take care of them."
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