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Return Policy: adoption gone wrong

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
By raincoaster

Jade PoeterayOne has a limited tolerance, one does, for spoiled Hollywood stars who insist on collecting their own United Nations of Benetton and then changing the children’s names, particularly when the child is old enough to come when she’s called.

One has, however, no tolerance whatsoever for fools who adopt children, then send them back after seven years, once the parents have their own biological children. What is this, re-gifting?

He’s a professional diplomat? This doesn’t sound very diplomatic to me! He should go to back to school for a social work degree. From the Guardian:

A Dutch couple living in Hong Kong yesterday found themselves at the centre of an international controversy after they gave up their daughter for adoption seven years after they adopted her themselves.

Raymond Poeteray, 55, who has worked as a Dutch diplomat for more than 20 years, and his wife, Meta, adopted Jade, an ethnic Korean girl, when she was four months old…

A spokesman for the South Korean consulate in Hong Kong said the couple had found it difficult to raise the little girl because of “culture shock”.

“[The Poeterays] now have their own children,” the spokesman said. “They decided it was difficult to raise [Jade] because of cultural shock. They said she’s not willing to eat their food. That’s one of the reasons. It’s a strange reason. She was raised from a very early age. It’s a very uncommon case. It’s a difficult situation for us to understand.”

Why, yes, it would be. Given that she’s been with the couple since she was four months old, it’s difficult to understand why she or they or, indeed, anyone at all would be undergoing culture shock at this late date. As for fussy eaters, if they think it’s a problem confined to Korean adoptees, they’ve got a rude awakening ahead, no?

Flashback Barbie

Thursday, December 13th, 2007
By Glinda

For some, the 80’s bring back horrible memories of bad hair bands, neon, suspenders, and shoulder pads.  For others, the decade demanded immortalization- and what better way to do it than through the plastic and (allegedly) vapid medium of Barbies?


Dynasty’s Alexis Carrington manages to look bitchy, even as a Barbie.


Only the cool kids can appreciate the nod to  Robert Palmer.


The Barbie for those who just can’t get enough of Bob Mackie- the Cher era.


The Material Girl, true 80’s icon.  


And finally, Goth Barbie. To placate the complainers down in the comments, I will change her to “Goth Barbie Lite”.  But where is her Sony Walkman with The Cure mixtape inside?


Does this one satisfy your requirements for angst?  She looks like she’s about to eat someone. It’s a Barbie, so without melting and rearranging her face, she’s going to have a smile.  Perhaps she just scored some tickets to The Smiths?

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