Monday, November 1, 2010

"You're adopted." Is this funny to anyone?

I was watching the World Series last night and the above commercial came on.  At the risk of sounding dramatic or overly sensitive (which I know I can be)  it really shocked me. The dad telling his daughter 'you're adopted' in an attempt to distract her from a video game? Is that funny?   It's like Christmas advertisements poking fun of the gift of fruit cake or the Father's day gift of the hideous tie.   It's just lame, old, over used and not funny in the first place.  How many sitcoms have you seen that have the child in the family freaking out because he thinks he may be adopted?  Not creative and not funny.

In my attempt to find this commercial on You Tube, I put 'you're adopted' in the search box.  What I found was much worse than the above commercial.  This link is one example:  The creator of the song says "I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings. It's just a silly little joke song :-)"  

Because of my connection to adoption, I am not objective.  This type of 'humor' is offensive and hurtful to me.  I hope that it is offensive to those outside of the adoption community as well.


  1. Just watched the song -- really, the most horrible thing I've seen in a while. Hope the boys (yours and mine) never stumble on it... Brenda B.

  2. didn't go to the song. I was done after the commercial. I don't understand why people think adoption is "funny" or a joke.

  3. I am too adopted. My story is very close to yours. I too was left at the hospital. I was 10 months old before I was adopted. I have had a wonderful wonderful childhood and family, I couldnt have asked for more. I was unable to have children and now I have three precious God selected and given children through adoption. I see the view of adoption through both sides. I feel like there is nothing funny about those comments, even friends forget and say silly stuff like that, but I understand untill you walk in our shoes......glad to have come across you!!!!

  4. Hi Angela,

    Thanks for your comment. It is cool to 'meet' another adopted person who became an adoptive parent.

    I agree that most people don't mean anything when they make insensitive comments, they don't think or just don't get it. Either way, it stings a little.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!


  5. Ugh. Horrible. I can be sensitive too. But this is awful.