"Avengers" Movie Slams Adoptees For A Cheap Laugh
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Joss Whedon
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Stan Lee

"Avengers" Movie Slams Adoptees For A Cheap Laugh

    1. Mara Parker
    2. Petition by

      Mara Parker

      Trinidad, CA

A character in the movie goes on a killing spree. "He's adopted." is used to explain it. This cheap line for cheap laughs is a slap in the face to every adopted person. It implies there is something wrong with us simply because we are adopted.

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    1. "He's Adopted" Line On You Tube

      Mara Parker
      Petition Organizer

      In case you have missed it, the scene from the Avenger's movie that blames Loki's killings on being adopted is now on YouTube.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. Interesting discussion on this at Dis Boards.

      Mara Parker
      Petition Organizer

      As I said on Facebook: I'm thinking about saying "I'm adopted" every time I do something totally f'd up. It seems to work in blockbuster movies for describing f'd up people who just happen to be adopted.

    4. Reached 50 signatures
    5. Triona's Blog Post-A Must Read

      Mara Parker
      Petition Organizer

      I encourage everyone to read Triona's excellent blog post on this:

    6. Reached 25 signatures

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      • over 2 years ago

      I am a parent of adopted children....and they had a great laugh at this. One of my children (adult) is gay as well as adopted...he thinks we all need to have a sense of humour... it was not done in a mean or condescending way. Lets take it for what its worth...a joke.

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    • Lindi Hall BANNER ELK, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Im an adoptee and i dont appreciate the inference that adoptees are prone to killing sprees..

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    • Diane Crossfield NICHOLASVILLE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am so tired of being the brunt of this kind of joke. To the writers of this screenplay - are you aware that there are over 6.5 MILLION adult adoptees in the United States? Are you aware that the majority of us are discriminated against because we have NO legal right to own our original birth certificate? This has become offensive and it's time for you to catch up and be more creative in your writing than to fall back on this old, derogatory line. We have enough to deal with already.

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    • Charles Esposito SOMERVILLE, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Insensitive to children who watch the film and who may not understand the background of the characters as previously laid out in the comic books.

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    • Brendan McGrath BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Mirroring my comment from Disboard here to throw my contempt of this bullshit in the ring:

      You and your supporters have zero understanding of comic book mythology if you are seriously offended that comic books and their adaptations aren't doing justice to adoptive families. because you have to be a complete idiot to not see the numerous examples of beautiful adoption stories in comic books and the strength of character and sense of justice it builds in superheroes.

      Clark Kent (Superman) - adopted by the Kent family

      Bruce Wayne (Batman) - adopted (in a sense) by Alfred Pennyworth

      Dick Grayson and Jason Todd (first and second Robin; eventually Nightwing and Red Hood, respectively) - adopted by Bruce Wayne

      Peter Parker (Spiderman) - adopted by Ben and May Parker

      Loki - adoptive brother to Thor Odinson, adopted by Odin Allfather

      Jason Todd excluded, Loki is the only major 'adoption gone wrong' story i can think of off the top of my head. And to be honest i still find it a beautiful and inspiring adoption story because in the mythology Thor never gives up on his brother and is constantly trying to redeem him. Thor loves Loki unconditionally and the pain he must endure seeing his brother betray the ideals of their family is the single greatest conflict of that franchise.

      Thor's quip only shows him trying to deal with the pain tearing him apart and makes it clear that he can't even begin to piece together the source of his brother's betrayal, so he is forced to mask his pain with uncomfortable comedy. i would imagine those feelings to a lesser extent are present in most sibling rivalries.

      Comic books are the single greatest source of positive adoption stories in contemporary media. You all need to grow up.

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