Adoption groups protest Orphan movie

orphanAdoption groups are protesting the release of a new horror movie called Orphan because they’re afraid it may negatively influence potential adoptive parents. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute sent a letter to Warner Bros. CEO Barry Meyer that states: “We are concerned that in addition to its intended entertainment value, this film will have the unintended effect of skewing public opinion against children awaiting families both in the United States and abroad.” The letter, co-signed by leaders of 11 adoption and child-welfare groups, said the film “may impede recruitment efforts by feeding into the unconscious fears of potential foster and adoptive families that orphaned children are psychotic and unable to heal from the wounds of abuse, neglect, and abandonment.” WB spokesman Scott Rowe released a statement stating: “It is not a depiction of any real-life events or situations and has never been portrayed as anything but an entirely fictional story. We apologize if we appeared insensitive with the initial trailer, as it’s never our intent to offend anyone with our products.” What do you think? Are the adoption groups overreacting?

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  1. jo • July 21, 2009 @ 11:41 AM

    if these people change their minds about adopting just because of a horror movie then I don’t think that their ready to adopt a kid

  2. bubbles • July 21, 2009 @ 11:45 AM

    it seems that this organization has nothing better to do. The Humane Society initiative with that chihuwawa (SP?!?!) movie was a nice touch but this is just silly. It’s a movie, get over it. Can you imagine if the Custodian’s union got all worked up over Freddy Kruger, or if PETA started a petition agains Gremlins?

    Give me a break.

  3. Beast • July 21, 2009 @ 12:03 PM

    People these days are vary susceptible to the things they watch. Due to entertainment, people have become more afaid of life, beliaving anything is possible exspecially with hooror movies. They are made to scare us and leave us wondering can that really happen. This will just be another one of theose movies. That will leave use questioning, and for some secound guessing about adoption. Movies influence the mind, they put wild ideas in motion up there, some times it’s hard to get ride of those thoughts. Just think of the effect Cujo had when it first came out, then say if this movie will truly effect someones chioce to adopt.

  4. Michael • July 21, 2009 @ 12:44 PM

    Yes of course…I keep forgetting people don’t need to pass an IQ test to adopt a child…good point “beast”. 🙂

  5. mandee • July 21, 2009 @ 12:50 PM

    im sure that anyone that watches this movie will be well aware that there is no truth behind it. i hate how everyone accuses movies of being the reason behind everyones choices in life. if it is true that what we watch effects our lives so deeply, why are they still allowed to air the news? or allow us to read about it? the news is probably the most gruesome thing you will ever encounter, based solely on the fact that its TRUE. if youre about to adopt a child and this movie changes your mind, then you didnt have any right to be a parent in the first place. clearly, if you adopt an abused or wounded child there will be a lot of work involved and it will take a lot of time and patience to work through it. you cant expect to adopt a child and get perfection from the minute you bring it home, if you think that way youre pretty delusional if you ask me.

  6. Nancy • July 21, 2009 @ 1:48 PM

    I can’t believe that this is the kind of “freedom” all these unions and groups think that male and female troops on this side of the world are fighting for.

  7. Stephen • July 21, 2009 @ 2:45 PM

    I agree with the adoption groups! Stephen King’s “It” have given all clowns a bad name, the Nightmare on Elm Street series have given all school janitors a bad name and the Jaws movies give all great white sharks a bad name.

    How silly can they be? It’s just a movie and as “jo” so early pointed out… if people let a movie influence their decision to adopt, then the adoptee is lucky not to be adopted by people like them.

  8. Carol • July 21, 2009 @ 3:08 PM

    So…if our kids watch Disney, will they jump off a cliff like Wylie Coyote, or chase a waskily wabbit down a wabbit hole? This group needs to get with the program…If there is any truth to these movies, how many of us would’ve followed Julia Roberts and became prositutes in the hopes of finding true love…lol And lets not forget how I’ll never eat corn again after watching Children of the Corn…everyone has their opinions, but this is crazy.

  9. Stephen • July 21, 2009 @ 3:12 PM


    Did you mean Looney Tunes instead of Disney? If it’s Disney, then I’m waiting for the 7 Dwarves of Toronto’s trash-collecting union to return to work, to kiss some princess and awaken her (I then expect her to scream, faint away and then sue me for sexual assault) and grasshoppers to act as my conscience.

  10. mandee • July 21, 2009 @ 5:16 PM

    Stephen on July 21, 2009 2:45 PM first of all, i was afraid of clowns long before i saw stephen kings moive. second of all, how many clowns have you saw with razor sharp teeth hunting children? therefore, i disagree with the clown statement. now, i have never heard ANYONE think janitors were bad people EVER in my life. anyone that would condemn an entire group of people theyve never met that are kind enough to clean up after teens (based solely on a horror film) is pretty stupid and down right childish if you ask me. and jaws? clearly, no matter what people have always been afraid of sharks. they are not human, they dont think the way that we do, they only think about how to survive and how to eat, so i do not blame jaws for the reason people are afraid of sharks. tell me something, would you go into the ocean or whatnot and swim up to and pet a shark if you HADNT saw jaws? its common sense to be afraid of something thats quite possibly going to end up eating you.

    carol lol i liked your comment. when i was little, me and my brother were at the babysitters, when her husband came home he freaked out because me and my brother were laying in the middle of the road so we could get run over like they do on bugs bunny. talk about great babysitting skills, no?

    Stephen on July 21, 2009 3:12 PM youre the one that agrees this movie will make people never want to help a needy child again based on what someone once dreamed up and made into a movie…

  11. lily • July 21, 2009 @ 7:57 PM

    um mandee, I think stephen was joking…I thought his comments were hilarious! He even tried to make it extra clear with the ‘silly’ description. I’m afraid you’ve jumped all over him, even calling him a name like ‘childish’, with no cause.

  12. Stephen • July 21, 2009 @ 8:53 PM


    Yes, it appears mandee completely missed the mark on my last comment which clearly demonstrated that I was kidding (hence the “how silly can they be?” question).

    But I’m not hurt by her “childish” comment… I’ll just sulk away to a corner of my room without any supper and pout.

  13. jo • July 21, 2009 @ 11:46 PM

    “how many of us wouldve followed Julia Roberts and became prositutes in the hopes of finding true love”

    “Ill never eat corn again after watching Children of the Corn”

    to kiss some princess and awaken her (I then expect her to scream, faint away and then sue me for sexual assault)”

    “Im not hurt by her childish comment Ill just sulk away to a corner of my room without any supper and pout.”
    Stephen and Carol thank you for one of the best LOLgasms I have ever experienced

  14. lily • July 22, 2009 @ 7:54 AM

    Resounding ditto on jo’s comment. Never heard ‘LOLgasm’ before but I’m gonna start using it!

  15. bean • July 22, 2009 @ 9:44 AM

    A scary truth, is that some peoples choices in life are based upon what they see in the media and entertainment. This movie could very well turn some people away from adoption. Not a lot of people, just those who can’t comprehend that this is a work of fiction not real life. The chances of adopting a child that turns out to be some sort of spawn of satan are next to impossible. Adoption is one of the best choices any one can ever make, it gives a child hope that life can be bettr.

  16. mandee • July 22, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

    stephen, i must not have read your entire comment the first time lmao. sorry about that, i never saw the part about “how silly can they be…” i only read the first part, i think i scrolled down to comment before i lost my train of thought, and then started at the comment after yours. sorry about that.

  17. mandee • July 22, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

    oh and lily, thanks for pointing that out, youre actually the only reason i went back to reread stephens comments to see what i missed 😀

  18. Stephen • July 22, 2009 @ 11:56 AM


    Apology accepted as I assumed that you hadn’t read my entire comment. I was worried that our friendship would be shattered over this, but now all is right in my world and I can hold my head up high again (well, not too high or I’ll drown in a rainstorm).

    And yes, a special thank-you goes out to lily for coming to my rescue (oh, if only I had more hair to hang from my tower window).

  19. lily • July 22, 2009 @ 12:47 PM

    you are a doll, mandee! very classy response to stephen!

  20. tributegirl • July 23, 2009 @ 8:28 PM

    This is one of the silliest things I have ever heard of. This movie will NOT make people change their mind on adoption! It’s just some group wanting to be noticed!

  21. lily • July 24, 2009 @ 6:39 AM

    too true, tg!

  22. lily • July 24, 2009 @ 6:42 AM

    and rapunzel no I mean stephen, lol! I’m happy to be your Prince as long as that doesn’t automatically make me another lovechild of MJ’s!

  23. Stephen • July 24, 2009 @ 10:34 AM


    Repugnant? How rude. Oh wait, you said “Rapunzel.” My bad. 🙂

    Would you be my Prince or would you be a knight formerly known as Prince? Or would you just be a silly looking symbol?

    And somehow I don’t see my face as being worth the climb.

  24. lily • July 24, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

    Unpronouncable symbol, definitely!
    And Stephen, that climb would be totally worth it as long as you keep rolling out those hilarious comments.
    Besides, if your face is really scary I know where we can get a bunch of masks formerly worn by Princes…

  25. Stephen • July 24, 2009 @ 4:35 PM


    I’ll keep spinning yarns (or is that yawns?) with my golden tongue as long as I have such an appreciative audience as yourself. And I’d be happy to wear a mask, although I don’t see myself in a purple suit (and you wouldn’t want to, either).

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