by Carmen Van Kerckhove
In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Angelina Jolie is rumored to be adopting a child from India, where she is currently filming A Mighty Heart, or as I like to call it, A Mighty Bad Bronzer Job. From The Daily Mail:
Angelina Jolie is adopting an Indian baby to add to her growing international brood, according to US reports. Sources say the big-hearted actress and partner Brad Pitt have already applied to adopt a tot from an Indian orphanage.
An insider said: “They hope to be able to bring the child home by Christmas. “Brad would prefer a boy no older than 18 months to even out the sexes but Angie has told him she can’t guarantee she won’t fall in love with a little girl.”
Ok, I’m sorry but the following quote puts me over the edge:
She has said: “I want to create a rainbow family. That’s children of different religions and cultures from different countries.”
“I believe I’m meant to find my children in the world and not necessarily have them genetically.”
Sigh… You may remember that I was rather critical of her interview with Anderson Cooper back in June, when she talked about adopting a child like it’s a matter of picking what curtains go with your pillows (”It’s, you know, another boy, another girl, which country, which race would fit best with the kids.”).
The source told US magazine Globe: “Whichever they end up with, they’d like to name the child India to honour its homeland.” The pair are rumoured to have visited the Priva Darshini orphanage in the last month.
taz at Sepia Mutiny is not such a fan of this name choice:
Seriously?!?! It’s not like they went around and named your other kids ‘Cambodia’ and ‘Ethiopia.’ How come the other kids get cool names like Maddox, Shiloh and Zahara, and you want to name the desi kid ‘India?’ Like she isn’t going to be teased enough…
I once had this girl in my class, a Latino woman, whose name was Asia. I found it confusing. Now that I think about it, I may have met an India or two in my lifetime and I was always left feeling a little … put off. Being named after a country just never seemed, um, meaningful. But INDIA, really? Brangelina, don’t you think you could name the desi kid something else, while still honoring his birth land? Those poor children will be raised with such identity issues…
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