Multiple folks have now asked me what I think about the “He’s adopted” joke from The Avengers. “Doesn’t it make you angry, Kevin?” Each time I’ve responded with something akin to, “I loved the movie and I totally laughed at the line.”
I fully understand why many adoptees (including some whom I consider good friends) are upset. For me personally, though, this “He’s adopted” issue is a nonissue. With that said, the whole scuttlebutt about the line has been interesting for me to observe; I find the reactions from certain adoptive parents and adoption establishment folks a bit peculiar. For example, one well known adoptive parent/adoption establishment person did his best Hulk impression on Facebook and joined the “I’m angry about the ‘He’s adopted’ joke” bandwagon. I thought, “Wow. Imagine what the adoption community could accomplish if individuals like him reacted so vehemently in regards to adoptee deportation. Imagine what would happen if more individuals like him came to the defense of critically thinking adoptees who are labeled ‘angry adoptees.’” And speaking of angry…
We here at Land of Gazillion Adoptees are teaming up with Amanda of The Declassified Adoptee on a Facebook page devoted to reappropriating the “angry adoptee” label, which has been used against adoptees for the purpose of marginalization. The page is doing well. With minimal promotion it has reached 70+ “likes” and received some doozy pictures and quotes.
So, yeah. Check out the following pics, go visit the “I’m an Angry Adoptee” page, “like it,” and, if you are an adoptee, we’d love it if you posted some of your own stuff.