Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Glee Adoption Storyline Controversy

In its three seasons to date Glee has tackled a number of serious issues, ranging from homophobia to racism, and has been applauded by most for the way in which it has handled them and for bringing them to the attention of a mass audience.

There’s one issue the show has recently been catching flak for though and that is its unrealistic depiction of adoption.

Since Quinn told Puck that she intended to get daughter Beth “back” from adoptive parent Shelby in the ‘I Am Unicorn’ episode over a thousand people and counting have signed this online petition which respectfully asks show creator Ryan Murphy to produce an adoption public service announcement to balance out the way in which the show "perpetuates myths about adoption that harm adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents alike."

The petition, created by Amber Austin, states that “In real, legitimate adoptions, a birth mother cannot simply take a child away from their family or pop back into a child's life, however this is one of most pervasive and harmful myths about adoption. Furthermore, most adoptions in the US are open to some extent, so these dramatic scenes with birthmothers never take place because a relationship exists from the start. For adopted children, the show raises the fear that they may be taken away from their adopted families. And for adoptive parents and birth mothers, the show creates confusion about the nature of adoption - confusion and mistruths that proponents of adoption constantly work to dispel. And for young women facing unplanned pregnancies, many of whom are in Glee's target demographic, the show may give the inaccurate impression that adoption is a temporary solution, not a permanent one.”

Ryan Murphy has reportedly not yet responded to the petition, but judging from this promo for the first episode back after the show’s current break, this storyline doesn’t look like getting any better any time soon...


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