Monday, November 8, 2010

Shame on Sony.

I consider myself a pretty easy going guy.  I don't get too worked up about things and rarely (very rarely) does anything I see on TV or hear on the radio really bother me.  One of those rare occasions happened yesterday and I feel compelled to tell you about it. 

Here it is:

Having researched that commercial a bit, it seems that the reaction to it has been mostly positive.  If you Google "Playstation commercial you're adopted" you will find the first two links have comments from numerous people saying how funny the "you're adopted" line is.  I couldn't disagree more. 

As parents of three adopted children, Sara and I work everyday to instill in our children that they should be proud of who they are.   We talk with Lleyton and Parker all of the time about Russia and Ethiopia.  Parker and I laid in his bed just the other night and talked at length about how special it was that he has lived in Africa and America.  How special he was because he has had two sets of moms and dads.  How special he was because he shares the same color skin as his mommy and daddy in Ethiopia. 

Somebody tell me I'm not crazy for being appalled that a company as prominent as Sony, manufacturer of Playstation, would put a line like that in a commercial (a high profile commercial at that).  I know the topic hits home with me more than most people, but I have to believe that even if I wasn't the father of three beautiful children who we adopted that I would still feel the same way.

The premise of the commercial is clearly that the family is trying to distract the person playing game.  They are making comments like "miss it", shaking keys, running a blender, blowing vuvuzelas.  How does the comment I am so frustrated with fit in anywhere in that commercial? 

Since when is being adopted something someone should be mocked for?  Call me idyllic, but I think adoption should be celebrated, not mocked.


  1. You are NOT crazy and I am glad that I am not the only one thinking this commercial is horrible!

  2. Not crazy at all. Right on target. And it's a dad's job to stick up for his kids, so good for you! Thanks for sharing--this warrants a note to Playstation.

  3. Glad you found my blog too!! Yes Yonatan is wonderful we love him so much!!! What a beautiful family you have. You have an Addis!!! Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE that name!!!

  4. I couldn't agree more, Matt. I was horrified at this commercial. It is absolutely inexcusable. Thanks for pointing it out.