Saturday, May 23, 2009

My friend, ManyBlessings put this out the other day. It is very troubling....

There is a horror slasher film being released July 24 (Orphan) about a family who adopts an older girl who “is not what she appears to be. Warnings about her go unheeded until it is too late…for everyone”. The film is being promoted now ( and the adoption message being sent is extremely negative. There is actually a line in the trailer that says “it must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own”.

Without having seen the movie or read the script, it is hard to know if the entire movie is sending a ghastly adoption message, but the trailer certainly leads us to believe it is. This feeds the notion that older adoptees are very troubled and you should beware.... that's not an image any of us want the general public to have of our kids. It plays into people's deepest fears.

There is a growing group pursuing a boycott of the film, sending out emails and posting on online bulletin boards. I urge you to forward this email to others personally involved in adoption, help disseminate the boycott message and write to the producers and distributors expressing your displeasure with the message being sent.

The backers of this movie have deep pockets. It is being released by Dark Castle Entertainment with Warner Bros. set to distribute. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, which developed the material, is also producing.

Here is a sample of the email I sent to Warner Bros....

I recently saw the trailer for the movie "Orphan". I was saddened to see the premise of this movie and the negative message it sends to people about adopting older children. This movie will plant seeds of fear into the hearts of a generation that might otherwise someday adopt these kids.

Your company info says that you are a leader in the entertainment industry. As a leader, you have a responsibility to those you lead. It would be socially irresponsible for Warner Bros. to distribute this film.

As the mother of an older adopted child, I am asking you to pull the plug on this movie. Stand up and be compassionate to the 143 million orphans of the world, instead of fostering fear and maintaining false and negative stereotypes.

Jxxx X. Sxxxxx

PS. Please pass this along to the president and top brass of the company. Thank you.

Feel free to pass this along and post it on your blogs.

Blessings to you,

1 comment:

Cathy Crenshaw Doheny said...

Well-written and compelling letter! I have just published an article on the topic. Please feel free to read it, comment, and pass the link along.