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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYu7xP1zjbc. 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.