Celebrity gossip website RadarOnline.com has made a name for itself by covering the Octomom drama. The night the first two octuplets came home from the hospital, RadarOnline was with Octomom Nadya Suleman in her SUV, filming the family. California’s State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet says that filming violated the labor code. Four citations for six violations have been issued against the website. The citations carry a $3,000 fine. From the Los Angeles Times:
Under the state’s labor code, the website should have obtained an entertainment permit for filming any child between 15 days and 18 years old. In addition, filming of infants is allowed for only 20 minutes a day, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.
RadarOnline officials had no comment but said on their website: “Like any other news-gathering organization, Radar-Online.com is not required to obtain permits nor is it restricted to certain hours in its news-gathering operations.”
Bradstreet said their actions go “way, way beyond anything that could conceivably be imagined to be news.”
We firmly believe that anyone who fans the flames of the Octomom craze should be fined. And maybe flogged. Including us. Make it stop.