We’ve discussed this on Madonna’s first and second adoptions. And many articles today starting with the lines “move over Madonna and Angelina Jolie…”
The latest to spark the celebrity adoption debate is Sir Elton John who has announced his plans to adopt a 14-month-old boy from Ukraine. On a trip with his AIDS Foundation to an orphanage in Eastern Europe the multi platinum selling musician said that baby Lev has stolen his heart.
EveryChild, an international children’s charity, said it was concerned by the singer’s announcement. The organisation argued that the singer’s action could mean that more children might be left in children’s homes as a result of another celebrity adoption.
Do you think this is a fair point, that many mothers would abandon their babies in the hope that they might be picked up by the likes of Madonna and Angelina Jolie? Or is it a real (however, rare) chance for a child to a heave a chance a better life?
This blogger thinks that it’s the media’s fault for shedding a negative light on celebrity adoptions:
“Theoretically it should be a good thing – individually these institutionalized children get a chance at a better life, and potentially the publicity could shine the spotlight on the millions of orphaned children throughout the world languishing in institutions and/or poverty. Children for whom there could be plenty of willing adoptive parents, if only the systems internationally didn’t make the process so difficult. But the stories never seem to have that effect – rather the spotlight is on the celebrity, and the whole tone of the reporting is rather controversial and negative.”
However the blogger takes issue with Sir, Elton’s age, saying that by the time the child is 20 the singer will be in his 80’s. But a response on the Huffington Post dismisses this being an issue:
“Oh for crying out loud. Too old? There are thousands of over 60 fathers in this country – should we check ID’s at the hospitals and make ’em all give up their babies? Somebody call Dave Letterman up and tell him he’s got to put Harry in an orphanage, would you? How about all the grandmas who are raising babies due to the death or absence of their birth parents? How about the over-60 stepdads?…”
Sir Elton may also be facing a ban for his sexuality. He and his partner David Furnish face a legal battle adoption plans because Ukraine bans gay couples from doing so.
So with issues about his celebrity status, age and sexuality, should Elton John be allowed to adopt?