An adoptive mother is using an online advocacy platform to distribute a petition calling on the producers of Fox's "Glee" to create a public service announcement that would offset what she calls "harmful" inaccuracies in an adoption-based story line.According to the CelebrityCafe, the adoptive mom who started the petition is also concerned that “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.”And at a lawyer's blog, he opines that there would be little chance of the birth mother getting her child back under his state's laws.
Amber Austin said she initiated the petition on Change.org because of a plotline involving cheerleader Quinn (Dianna Agron), a teen mother who placed her baby up for adoption. On the show, Quinn is, as the petition puts it, "actively (and with malice)" trying to get the baby back from Shelby (Idina Menzel), the birth mother of Glee Club member Rachel (Lea Michele).
Austin said the show irresponsibly raises fear for adopted children that they can be taken away from their families, and that the plot also could cause confusion for families who adopt. She said the story line perpetuates one of the most pervasive and harmful myths about adoption: that a birth mother can take a child away from a family or pop back into the child's life.
So, "Glee" viewers, what do you think? Does "Glee" get adoption wrong? If so, should we be surprised?! And those who pooh-poohed criticism of Modern Family's adoption story line -- is this the same "it's only TV" issue?