I am curious if anyone (and their kids) saw yesterday's Wizards of Waverly Place episode. Alex has a friend who just learned (as a teen) that he was adopted (okay, already a problem there). She helps him find and meet his birth parents. Hugh and his birth parents discover they look alike and have things in common, and the meeting goes 'perfectly' with no awkwarness or conflicting emotions. The birth parents simply explain that they "gave him up for adoption" because the birth father couldn't keep a job.
Personally, I think the episode is irresponsible because it hugely simplifies issues that are in fact very complicated and often painful for adopted children.
Some children watching are not even yet aware of birth family searches and reunions, and many others already have unrealistic fantasies about such reunions.
What do you think about the episode?
Answer by rainfalls at 10:21 PM on Sep. 10, 2009
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Answer by Anonymous at 1:45 PM on Sep. 10, 2009
Your summary didn't sound horrible. Sometimes episodes are just episodes. Its like do you take offense because some television show portrays your profession in a way that is not accurate? It happens. I understand that we want adoption to be looked at from a realistic and responsible view point. A television show that is based on a family of teen witches and the crazy situations they get into is not the place where I am going to get all bent out of shape over. We do need to educate and promote adoption issue awareness but blasting a substandard show may not be the best use of my energy. I like the idea of highlighting and complimenting programs that do get it right. But "right" is a matter of perspective. Asking Disney (or whoever) produces those shows to reexamine how they portray adoption is not unreasonable. Even better supporting with our money and rave reviews will get others to follow suit.
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