I think you all know by now (if you follow me on Facebook and Twitter) that I was in Los Angeles and San Francisco last week for two Helpusadopt.org events.
It was an amazing and exhausting week because every second was booked….
We met so many great new people…and saw many old friends… all who care about our mission to build families through Helpusadopt.org’s adoption grant program.
On my flight to San Francisco Thursday morning I happened to look up at the TV and saw that an episode of “Mike & Molly” was about to start.
So many people have told me that I was really missing out by not watching this show —they say it’s hysterical— so I grabbed my earphones and tuned in.
The opening scene of the episode had Mike & Molly sitting in Mike’s mother Peggy’s living room and the conversation went something like this—-OK the conversation went EXACTLY like this as I have since re-watched the beginning of the episode on Amazon (Party Planners Season 3, Episode 19):
Peggy: “What’s happening on the baby front? Am I gonna be a grandma or should I just fill up my wallet with baseball cards?”
Molly: “Well, we could be home right now trying, but instead, we’re here, waiting for you to skin the pudding.”
Peggy: “If you’re totally barren, I guess the two of you could always adopt some unwanted brat.”
Molly: “I’m not barren, Peggy, okay? If I was any more fertile, I’d have pumpkins growing out of me.”
Peggy: “If you do adopt, steer clear of those teen mom Appalachian babies. Give me Chinese over white trash any day. They’ll walk on your back, and you don’t have to worry about ‘em hocking your TV for methamphetamine.”
Did I forget to say “brace yourself” before you read that?
You can imagine how livid I was.
You can imagine how livid I still am.
THIS, my friends, is not funny in any way shape or form and I happen to have a very irreverent sense of humor. But this, specifically, is cruel and mean and on prime time national television.
To the writers of Mike & Molly—shame on you. What’s your purpose here? What was your intent? What was your point? To make people laugh?????
This is not funny. This is just nasty, disrespectful and cruel.
I’m not laughing.
And when my kids see this episode someday, I am sure they won’t be laughing because they are both adopted.
I believe you owe us, the adoption community, an apology (ps there’s millions of us)….
You haven’t heard the end of it from me…..
This blog posting is just the start.
Those are my kids you are talking about and if you are going to put things like that on TV then you better have the backbone to stand behind it and say it to my face and my children’s face.
It’s just not nice…I mean these are children we are talking about.
Innocent children who need loving and permanent homes….
Don’t worry my friends…
I am on the case….
And I’ll be posting information soon so you too can write a letter to the writers of this show and let them know what you think…..
Perhaps they will consider a donation to Helpusadopt.org as an olive branch?
Or maybe just an apology to adoptees (and their parents adoptive and birth) everywhere.