Yeah, I saw the jokey "Brad and Angelina Set To Adopt Two More Black Children" thing on the Huffington Post. No, I didn't think it was funny.
For starters, I love Diff'rent Strokes references and can appreciate this line:
"They were trying to treat me like a jive turkey," said Willis. "No way I was going with them white dudes without my little bro."
…But the general gist of the piece — look, Angelina Jolie is collecting brown kids! — seems so 2005.
But even worse is the fact that, all jokes aside, the largest percent of children in foster care are African-American; and studies show that these kids are "negatively characterized and labeled" by the system. So would it be so terrible for two boys living in foster care to get adopted by Angelina Jolie?
One Jezebel reader thinks so! We got an email from someone who probably didn't "get" that the HuffPo piece was a joke. She wrote:
"This is completely disturbing… Adopting two children, ages 10 and 13, who have been living in foster care, is a HUGE DEAL as these are children who have been neglected and/or abused and require a lot of attention and PARENTING... which they surely will not get with 6 younger siblings and parents who are constantly jet-setting around the world. UGH."
But if the foster system is "unkind" to black kids, wouldn't jet-setting around with Brad and Angie be a step up? Or at least less of a learning curve than living with Mr. Drummond?