Monday, July 7, 2008

Back on my soapbox

What's wrong with the following snippet from a Yahoo news article today? See if you can automatically find what's got me all hot and bothered:

"Nicole Kidman has given birth, her husband Keith Urban's rep confirms to

The actress welcomed a girl, Sunday Rose Kidman Urban, Monday morning.

The baby weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

"Husband Keith was by Nicole's side and mother and baby are very well," the rep said.

It is the first child for Kidman, 41, and Keith Urban, 40. She has two adopted children -- Connor, 13, and Isabella, 15 -- with ex Tom Cruise."

ADOPTED CHILDREN?! Why in the world can't they just say "she has two children with ex Tom Cruise". Why do they have to point them out as being adopted? I remember the press did the same exact thing when Suri Cruise was born, even going so far as to paint her as his "first child", since his other two were not biological.

I'll have you know I'm not usually one of THOSE mothers, you know, the ones who freak out if someone isn't politically correct, etc. on the subject of adoption. But I do know that I would NEVER EVER refer to my first child as my adopted child if I were to give birth on down the road. Sure, I occasionally will tell people my son is adopted, usually after I get the strange looks between my beautifully dark Hispanic child and myself, pretty much the whitest woman most people have ever seen. It's no secret that we don't exactly look like we were cut out of the same cloth, and I don't want to be mistaken for his nanny or babysitter or anything. But my son is my son. Period. This is the second time I have seen the press do this to poor Connor and Isabella Cruise. It's bad enough they have a nutjob for a father, but they don't deserve to be labeled almost as second-best. I guess the bright side is that at least they aren't blood-related to him, so maybe they won't get all of his crazy genes?

One more reason I can't stand Hollywood.

1 comment:

Michele P. said...

First off, I saw that article today and was a bit perturbed as well. I don't know what the big deal is, and why they couldn't just say something like this is Nicole's third child as she has 2 children from her previous marriage to Tom Cruise. Adoption is a wonderful thing, for parent and child. It reminds me of one day I took my daughter Deja to the hospital here in Maine. I am as white as Casper with blonde hair and blue eyes. Both my children look nothing like me, their fathers are from Guatemala. The doctor that attended to us commented on what a beautiful child she was, and how wonderful it was that I'd adopted her. I don't know why people automatically assume she is adopted, or why they even care, my child is my child irregardless. After telling him that hubby was from Central America, and apparently his gene pool was stronger than mine and offering to show him my c-section scar he apologized-and shut up. Remember, anyone can be a birth mother but it takes someone very special to be a mommy.