Friday, August 12, 2011

New Disney Show Stars Debbie Ryan as Nanny to Adopted Kids

My kids are big Debbie Ryan fans since they like Suite Life with Zack and Cody.  When I saw the commercial for the new show, Jessie, I thought the group of kids looked "diverse," and wondered if there was going to be an international adoption theme.  According to this report, there is:
In the premiere episode “New York, New Nanny,” Jessie (Ryan) accepts a job as a nanny and moves in with the Ross Family - high-flying couple Christina (Christina Moore), a former supermodel turned business mogul, and Morgan (Charles Esten), a famous movie director, their four kids and beloved 7-foot Asian Water Monitor Lizard.

While Jessie’s new big city life is full of opportunity and excitement, she quickly discovers how much she relies on the support and advice of the kids in her care — 13-year-old Emma (Peyton List), the biological child of the bunch, 10-year-old Indian adoptee Ravi (Karan Brar), 12-year-old American adoptee Luke (Boyce) and seven-year-old African adoptee Zuri (Skai Jackson).
Premiering Sept. 30. It'll be interesting to see how the show handles the adoption aspect. . . .


Sharon said...

I'm guessing they won't handle it too sell, given the promos note an "African" adoptee. Those of us who have adopted a child from an African country are forever educating folks that Africa is a continent, not a country, and home to many diverse cultures.

SHaron said...

oops, I meant handle it "too well." It's certainly designed "to sell."

malinda said...

Sharon, just yesterday I had to explain to my kids that "the drought in Africa" didn't mean that "no one can go to Africa" right now (somehow they got that out of something a teacher said at school).

But I wonder -- I might say someone is an "Asian adoptee" when I'm not sure which Asian country they were adopted from, especially if I didn't want to ask them "where are you from?"