Sunday, May 27, 2001

'Adopted' title angers advocate




By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tristate adoption advocate Gail Huff isn't amused by the title for the WB's new Maybe I'm Adopted comedy.

        “My jaw dropped when I first read about it. I thought it was a typo,” says Mrs. Huff, a Norwood mother of two adopted children. She publishes an online adoption newsletter and sells adoption announcements and cards through her Web site, www.miracleofadoption.com.

        At 8:30 p.m. Fridays this fall, WB will premiere Maybe I'm Adopted, a situation comedy about a 15-year-old girl (Reagan Dale Neis) who believes she doesn't fit in with her siblings or parents (Julia Sweeney, Fred Willard).

        Mrs. Huff has written to WB executives urging them to change the title to Maybe I'm Dreaming.She has asked her 455 subscribers to do the same.

        “The young girl can be in a dream state when she feels embarrassed, alienated or doesn't fit in with her biological family instead of making her think of the "I must be adopted' stereotype,” Mrs. Huff says.

        “This just plays into the negative tone associated with adoption that many of us in the adoption community are trying to change. It is a horrible thing to insinuate that adoptive children do not "fit' in or "belong' in their families built by adoption,” she says.

        Protest letters may be sent to WB Entertainment Co-Presidents Susanne Daniels and Jordan Levin, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank CA 91522.

       



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