Statement: Orphans Criticize the Movie Orphan as "Offensive"
Adoption Community United in Criticism of Warner Bros. Movie "Orphan"....Well, it's certainly not as cute as this, but then again, what is?
High profile adoption community advocates and orphans are strongly united in expressing dismay over Warner Bros. new film "Orphan" releasing July 24.
One of the strongest voices criticizing the movie is a self-described "Orphan" who lived through years of abuse in an orphanage.
Kim Michele Richardson, author of "The Unbreakable Child," a heart-breaking expose on abuse in an orphanage was outspoken on the issue of the movie: "I am one of forty-four orphans along with noted attorney, William F. McMurry who brought, and won, a national landmark lawsuit against an order of Catholic nuns and priest for the systematic violation, humiliation, and injury we suffered at their hands in a brutal orphanage environment. And as a former orphan who resided in a orphanage for nearly a decade, struggled and whom endeared brutal abuses, I find the premise of Warner Bros. film, "Orphan" disheartening, disturbing and I, too, worry about is effects on future adoptions."
Richardson especially points to the movie touts the "demeaning" line, " There is Something Wrong With Esther" and is quick to add: "There Is Something Wrong With Warner Bros."
"For me and many, April's release of my memoir, The Unbreakable Child, bookends the serious tragedy of the Irish endemic on the other side of the world. Throughout my book and in my childhood, I was always searching for my "forever family" -- an adopted family, but always felt tainted by the word, orphan, and not worthy.
Indeed as I say in my book: "Orphan is the loneliest word in Lexicon." I strongly feel Warner Bros. just took it to a new level, making orphan the 'dirtiest' word in the lexicon."
In the United States alone, thousands of children reside in orphanages and group homes today. According to Richardson, "they suffer unimaginable horrors and struggle to just survive."
The movie "Orphan" delivers an oblique message for children in need of a forever family. Trailers for the film, shown now for two months reveal enough to create anger amongst various members of America's adoption community. The trailer was deemed so offensive, the line "It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own" was removed.
Kim Michele Richardson: "As a former orphan, I'm qualified to speak on this matter and to say, "Orphan" is an insult, insensitive and a damaging stereotype movie, which I fear will only harm children without families."