Change Petition Asks Marvel to Apologize for Adoption Comment

Marvel Comics: Marvel Comics – Apologize to Adoption Community! – that’s the headline of a Change.org petition asking the company to apologize for a comment about adoption made by Thor in The Avengers.

Marvel Comics – with one line that you carelessly failed to edit out of the script for the Avengers movie, you have insulted adopted children, adult adoptees, and adoptive parents!

In your new movie, The Avengers, the character Black Widow says “He (Loki) killed 80 people in 2 days.” Then the Thor character replies, “He’s adopted.”

Sooo..according to your scriptwriter, the fact he was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy!

Being adopted is NOT something to use for the butt of jokes! Marvel, immediately cease using adoption as the butt of jokes AND issue a public apology to the adoption community!

These bloggers – and commenters – have already voiced their objections:

http://73adoptee.blogspot.com/2012/05/avengers-why-is-making-fun-of-adoption.html
http://adoption.about.com/b/2012/05/04/the-avengers-movie-offends-some-adoptees.htm
http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/05/avengers-review-for-parents.html

In addition, Disney’s own boards have an active discussion, “Disney, Adoption, and the Avengers:” http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2922029

Update: Some people think this petition is calling for a boycott. It is NOT calling for a boycott. In fact, I saw the movie.  I am merely requesting an apology from Marvel and asking that they permanently stop using adoption as the punch line of a joke.

Furthermore, you have to consider how children think. A child doesn’t know the history of Thor and Loki. A child who is adopted only hears those lines above. So the child thinks to themselves, “I’m adopted. The bad guy was adopted too. Does that mean I am bad too?” One parent actually posted a comment along these lines on a certain forum, stating that their adopted child had actually made a very similar statement after seeing the movie.

 

In the movie, after the Black Widow mentions how Loki has killed so many people, Thor’s response is “he’s adopted,” indicating that might have to do with his genocidal tendencies.  The comment got laughs in the theater I was in, but I can see how some might cringe at it’s inclusion.

The letter being sent reads:

 

Marvel Comics – Apologize to Adoption Community!

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Marvel Comics.

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Marvel Comics – Apologize to Adoption Community!

Marvel Comics – with one line that you carelessly failed to edit out of the script for the Avengers movie, you have insulted adopted children and adopted parents!

In your new movie, The Avengers, the character Black Widow says “He (Loki) killed 80 people in 2 days.”
Then the Thor character replies, “He’s adopted.”

Sooo..according to your scriptwriter, the fact he was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy!

Being adopted is NOT something to use for the butt of jokes! Marvel, immediately cease using adoption as the butt of jokes AND issue a public apology to the adoption community!

These bloggers – and commenters – have already voiced their objections: http://73adoptee.blogspot.com/2012/05/avengers-why-is-making-fun-of-adoption.html
http://adoption.about.com/b/2012/05/04/the-avengers-movie-offends-some-adoptees.htm
http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/05/avengers-review-for-parents.html
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Sincerely,

[Your name]

If you agree with it, you can head to Change.org and sign the petition.

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One comment

  • I’m adopted. I didn’t feel like Thor was implying that Loki was evil/wicked/wrong BECAUSE he was adopted. I felt like he was implying that “I’m not with him” or “we don’t come from the same seed”.
    I laughed probably louder than anyone in my group of friends at that joke.
    *Shrug*
    Thats just my two cents though.