The OmegaFamily has been happily TV-free for eight years now.
Well, I should qualify that. We have a TV, and we watch plenty of videos. But, due to the fact that our pile of logs is surrounded by pine trees and there are a few hills in the way, any TV reception we get is mostly snow. When we moved in, cable TV was on our list, but pretty far down. We kept meaning to get it...
And here we are, eight years later, with no TV reception.
When people talk about Lost, or about Grey's Anatomy, or the (new!) Battlestar Gallactica, I yearn to have TV reception so that I can stand around the water cooler (or the blogosphere) and chit-chat with the best of them.
But then again, I come across something like this, and decide I'm better off without it. You have to search on the phrase "So how would you feel if someone told you you couldn't adopt a baby because you're not thin enough, not rich enough, nor attractive enough?" and start reading to get the full effect.
Those in the Chinese adoption community already know what I'm talking about: Paula Zahn's segment on the new Chinese adoption rules on "Paula Zahn Now", which aired tonight.
I am so glad that I didn't have to watch this piece of idiocy masquerading as thoughtful investigation of issues.
It started out okay, then degenerated into the following:
- People adopt from China because they want "smart" babies
- People adopt from China because they want "porcelain dolls"
- People adopt from China because they're racist
- Why aren't people adopting Muslim kids? They won't because they think the kid will grow up to be violent. (Yes. Really. Someone said this. I suspect it was meant to be sardonic. Perhaps.)
- The tired old, "There are so many baaayyybeeees here in the U.S."
- Only celebrities adopt from Africa, and Angelina Jolie is someone to be emulated ("The Queen of Africa, Angelina Jolie"--probably also meant to be sardonic. Perhaps.)
I was cross-eyed trying to read that transcript.
Then I just got cross.
Look, Paula, do us all a favor. If you're going to talk Chinese adoption, maybe (just maybe) you should ask, oh, folks who are involved in Chinese adoption? Like perhaps some Chinese adoption agencies? Or parents of adopted Chinese children? As someone who has never watched your show, I can assure you I will never now watch your show, because it's obvious you (or your program manager) don't do your homework on the topics being discussed.
If you (generic "you") want to know why people choose to adopt from China, may I recommend Johnny's excellent "blog-trail", "Why China" as a place to start?
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