Boycott the movie "Orphan"

Edited to add: The reaction of the adoption community appears to be pretty mixed on this one. Reactions like Anon's here (never mind that it judges my point of view incorrectly,) appear to be pretty common, along with a general ho-hum attitude. What's an idiot AP to do? Well, I can only speak for myself, and the net of it is that I have to be able to tell my kids that I spoke out.

What could Warner Brothers have possibly been thinking with this one?

Oh, wait - they weren't. Or worse yet, they were, and were banking on the negative reaction to spread the word about the film and help fill their coffers.

Please voice your outrage about Orphan to Warner Brothers and the other companies involved in the production. But while you're writing those letters, remember that the negative image of adoption is the result of decades of stigma that continues today in archaic laws that deny adopted people the right to their identities. So write letters to your legislative representatives (thank you again Theresa for working on this list together - I think we're due for an update) at the same time to castigate the film and remind them that it is their duty to restore this right.

Evan B. Donaldson's statement is here; more reactions here on Facebook; there are many more out there. Film contact info follows - slightly-outdated list of legislators can be found here.

Contact information for you:

Warner Bros.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Silver Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd. 90
Burbank, CA 91522-0001

Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019-8016


Anonymous said…
It’s so interesting how adoptive parents will be defensive for their children when it suits them.

Why aren’t all of you up in arms about your child’s original birth certificate being sealed from them and YOUR names falsely printed on the Amended birth certificate as his/her biological parents? Oh, that’s right it’s in YOUR favor.

The Adoptee Rights Demonstration is July 21, 2009 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (For those of you who think your child should not be treated as a second-class citizen.) After all, EVERY child deserves to know the TRUTH about his/her biological history.

It's a freaking movie people. I find it laughable that a majority of adoptive parents are lathered up about this and yet are comfortable and a bug in a rug that their adopted child is treated like a second-class citizen in this country.
Margie said…
Anon, you make a perfectly valid point, although you misunderstand my point of view.

I AM up in arms about open records, which is something I've written about often here and also am working to end to the best of my ability. Within my sphere of reference, my local adoption community, I am doing what I can to spread the word about the Adoptee Rights Demonstration. I may not have done enough, I may need to do more, I may be approaching the issue the wrong way, but I don't agree that I am more up in arms about the movie.

I also believe that "freaking movies" say a lot about what's in our national psyche about issues, and reach a far wider audience that even the Adoptee Rights Demonstration will reach. To remain silent on something this glaring misses an opportunity to send a message to those who misuse their power as WB has.

As to your comment that hiding my children's identities is in my favor: I cry foul. Take a few minutes to read this blog and you will find that I believe quite the opposite. I'll take your criticism where it's due - yes, I should be doing more than talking about OBC rights than writing about the issue - but you are dead wrong if you think that I am in favor of amended birth certificates.

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