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'Glee' Adoption Storyline Causes Controversy

Date October 11, 2011
Glee'Glee' is known for serious storylines shedding light on everything from homophobia to bullying, but there's one thing the show's apparently not getting right -- its portrayal of adoption.

After teen mom Quinn declared on the Sept. 27 episode that she wanted to get her daughter back from adoptive mom Shelby, more than 750 people have signed an

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Glee'Glee' is known for serious storylines shedding light on everything from homophobia to bullying, but there's one thing the show's apparently not getting right -- its portrayal of adoption.

After teen mom Quinn declared on the Sept. 27 episode that she wanted to get her daughter back from adoptive mom Shelby, more than 750 people have signed an online petition asking 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy to produce an adoption PSA to counteract the fact that the show "perpetuates myths about adoption that harm adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents alike."

Campaign creator Amber Austin told The Hollywood Reporter, "When people are considering adoption, there is a lot of worry and confusion about the relationship with the birth mother. I know that 'Glee' is a dramatic show, but it uses that drama to talk about important issues like racism, homophobia and sexism. Since adoption is such a core part of 'Glee,' the producers have an opportunity to raise awareness about how adoption really works."

The petition takes issue with the fact that "in real, legitimate adoptions, a birth mother cannot simply take a child away from their family or pop back into a child's life. ... Furthermore, most adoptions in the US are open to some extent, so these dramatic scenes with birthmothers never take place because a relationship exists from the start. For adopted children, the show raises the fear that they may be taken away from their adopted families. And for adoptive parents and birth mothers, the show creates confusion about the nature of adoption -- confusion and mistruths that proponents of adoption constantly work to dispel."

Murphy has not yet responded to the petition.

Tell us: Do you think 'Glee' should produce an adoption PSA? Or is the show not obligated to do anything? Do you like 'Glee''s adoption storyline?

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