One of the worst ironies I’ve seen today is a plethora of celebrities who run around adopting children.

This is something I have a problem with for three reasons.

First of all, they almost inevitably go somewhere where there are stringent laws on adoption, and proceed to use their celebrity clout to try to break them or go around them. McDonna did this most famously, but Angelina Jolie’s got a bit of a bad reputation in this regard too.

Second of all, one wonders how much time the supposedly busy – not to mention sometimes crazy – actors/actresses/celebs who do this can really devote to the kids, and how much time the kids are just going to be foisted off on nannies.

My final problem is very specific, and focuses on one Angelina Jolie, who seems to think that the acquisition of kids is some kind of massive Pokemon hunt or something. Jolie’s been running around the world the past few years: first she bought a cambodian boy (Maddox), then she went running to get an African adoption (Zahara), rounded it out with one from non-husband Brat Pitt (Shiloh), and the latest is to try to get a Vietnamese child.

Supposedly, the point is to have a “diverse” household. Personally, I think it’s an ego booster, part of the hollywood celebrity “ooh look what I’ve done, I’m so enlightened” conspicuous-consumption that goes on whenever they attach themselves to “causes.”

And I have to wonder how fucked up those kids are going to be when they get older.

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7 Responses to Gotta Catch ‘Em All

  1. trumwill says:

    I don’t know, on my list of things to be worried about, babies from impoverished nations being adopted by wealthy western families, regardless of the motivations, is pretty low on that list.

    The Pokemon reference is great, though!

  2. Webmaster says:

    On the list of “things to be worried about”, it doesn’t top my list, either.

    The whole thing with Jolie trying to set up a little cabbage patch babies collection with real babies, and the way the media fawns over her for doing so? Commentworthy if nothing else.

  3. trumwill says:

    Is the media still fawning? They did seem to at first, but more recently I think it’s more dry celebrity oddities stuff like Britney Spears’s breakdown. She does get a lot of fawning on her AIDS crusade, but by most accounts I’ve read it’s somewhat deserves as she is actually working towards something rather than just attending dinner parties and sermonizing in front of the camera.

    On a sidenote, I got a kick out of a recent article concerning Madonna’s unexpectedly interventionist parenting style.

  4. Peter says:

    Mia Farrow actually started the trend, 25 or 30 years ago.

  5. Before Sunrise says:

    “Mia Farrow actually started the trend, 25 or 30 years ago.”

    And then one of her children betrayed her…

  6. logtar says:

    Reading this blog is once again making me feel uncomfortable… I should not laugh so hard a the thought of orphans being pokemon.

  7. Abel says:

    Kids. The latest Hollywood accessory.

    I actually don’t have a problem with celebs adopting kids per say but so many of them make a BIG DEAL out of it, it makes you wonder their true motivations behind it.

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