"It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own."Oh. MY.
If you think that's bad enough, take a close look at the media coverage of the outrage. ABC News ticked me off more than the tagline itself with their headline: "'Orphan' Horror Film Outrages Adoptive Parents." As if there are no adult adoptees who might find it a wee bit offensive as well!
Scott Rowe, senior vice president of communications for Warner Brothers, admitted the company, "messed up" in promotions for the film, which is due out in July.So it's offensive to adoptive parents and adoption professionals, but where are the adoptee opinions? Nowhere. We don't exist, not as adults. Because it's far easier to disregard our opinions on adoption, a subject upon which we are unacknowledged experts, when people pretend we don't grow up. Like Lost Boys in Neverland, we are supposed to remain invisible to the outside world. Meanwhile there is no shortage of people willing to speak for us, as if we are incapable of voicing our own opinions.
Warner Brothers was besieged with complaints from parents and organizations that deal with adoption, foster care and orphans [emphasis mine] who were troubled by the story line of a deranged and homicidal child.
Speaking out in blogs, listserves and in phone calls and letters to the movie executives, adoptive parents say [emphasis mine] the trailer is especially offensive.
"They were right," Rowe told ABCNews.com. "Their complaints resonated with us."
Rowe said the company is moving "as quick as possible" to remove the offending line from the film's marketing materials.
Adult adoptees have the same problem as adopters of explaining this grossly discriminatory tagline to our kids, who may worry that maybe they, too, are "bad seeds" because they descend from our tainted adopted blood. We have to put up with the knowing looks and snide remarks from friends and associates who are aware of our adopted status. Those of us with sealed records are expected to Pay To Play in vain attempts to regain that which every other citizen of the U.S. takes for granted: our original birth certificates. Adoptee rights are lightyears behind those of minorities, gays, and others who have had some success achieving the respect they deserve as equal members of our society.
Thanks, Hollywood, for making our point in such a blatant manner. Adoptees are second-class citizens. Why don't you just brand us with B-for-Bastard on our foreheads like the old days and be done with it? Now if you'll excuse me, I'll slink back to my dank adoptee cave with the rest of the grues.