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Funny thing happened to me this morning. As I was trying to decide what to wear, none of my outfits look right. There was just something wrong with each one that I couldn't quite put my finger on.

And then suddenly, black capris in one hand and wide leg trousers in the other, I realized what was wrong. My accessories were just completely off. So I threw down my oversized purse and sunglasses and picked up a third world orphan baby.

Of course I'm kidding (they didn't have a baby in my size). But it seems that in the celebrity world, adopting a baby from Africa or China is the new "it" thing. And while I thought it was noble when Angelina Jolie was first doing it, once Madonna stole her an African baby from it's father, I started to wonder if everyone who is getting in on this trend has the right motivation.

I'm torn on this issue on several different levels. For one, adopting any child, no matter where they are from is a great thing in my eyes. I think anyone who is trying to make a positive difference in the world shouldn't be berated.

But I can't help but wonder why none of these celebs want to adopt American babies. I mean, granted, an orphan from Duluth doesn't sound as glamorous as an orphan from Ethiopia, but they can still give that child a weird name that will scar it for life like celebs so love to do (Apple, Maddox, Purple, Bleach, Snufflelupegus).

But then again, the country of Africa is much worse off than we are and so I guess in a way I understand why they want to help those who are suffering the most(although if Oprah keeps it up, pretty soon she will have single-handedly saved all of Africa's children and then that baby from Duluth has a fighting chance...hang in there, little Bobby).

But then again, shouldn't we also take care of our own?

But then again, third world orphans are in danger of dying from things like starvation and disease.

Like I said, I'm torn on this issue. But I guess there could be worse trends out there than adopting children, whether domestic or imported. I mean, if Julia Roberts suddenly made the trend of kitten baseball popular then we'd be in for a big old mess.