Positive Response from Warner

More Information on the protest against the ORPHAN film.



I wanted to share with you that I just got off the phone with Scott Rowe, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Communication at Warner Bros. You will be happy to know that they have changed their marketing materials and have removed the offending statement “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own” has been removed from all future trailers.

A few items of note:

• The current trailer (with the offending statement) will still be used during the previews of the horror film “Drag Me to Hell”, which opens this week-end. Unfortunately, on such short notice, there was nothing that can be done about this.

• The next movie that the trailer will be shown at is “The Hangover”, which comes out June 15th. By this time, the current trailer will be replaced with the new trailer (sans statement).

• They will swap out the trailers for all television advertising. They have not yet begun advertising for this film yet, so there should be no worries of children seeing it.

• The current trailer is still on the Web site, but they are working to rectify that immediately and Scott has spoken with the Warner Bros. Web team about this again this afternoon.

• Because the film is Rated-R, it will only be shown as a trailer for other Rated-R films. The trailer will also only be shown on television after 10 p.m. (i.e. not during times when young children would be expected to watch).

As I am sure many of you have assumed, there is a hook to the film that ultimately removes the child/orphan stigma, which is neither here nor there as it relates to current public positioning of the film — and that issue is no more.

The producers and distributor took your concerns to heart and have made the changes in the public-facing marketing materials that we had hoped.

I would like to add that Scott mentioned that Warner Bros. employees get death threats for things as trivial as changing the release date of the new Harry Potter film. “Yet, the adoption community, who are protecting their children and who have every right to be angry, has been nothing but respectful.” he said.

Kuddos to all of you! Please do pass this information along so that others can know that their voice was heard.

-Bethann Buddenbaum & Jill Henry


2 Years have gone

    Two years ago today I stood with bated breath my  baby girl was coming and I was scared to death.Would she like me?Would she love me? Or more to the point would I love her?

    I stood in that hotel room in Chongqing not knowing whether to vomit or to run. Albert stood at the doorway and peering out every now and then to see if the Social workers and children were coming.

    The thought kept running through my head, what have I done? Was this a mistake? Did I really want to be a mother? Did I really  have what it takes to love a child unconditionally? Love a child that I did not carry inside me for 9 months.

    Then we heard the elevator doors open and could hear the sound of a crowd coming down the hall. 

    Then we heard the sound of squeaky shoes, you know those little plastic sandals kids wear with the squeaker inside them.

    Albert put his head out the door and then looked at me with an expression I will never forget. It was a look  of absolute adoration. He had the look of a man who had just seen his daughter for the first time.

    He said “I think I see Lily and she’s wearing squeaky shoes”

    Then time sped up as Lily was carried into the room. ID’s were clarified, instructions were given and she was in my arms.

    My arms! My daughter! The most wonderous moment I have ever experienced.

    It took four years of paper woork to get to that moment but now I am sitting here looking back and the last two years have gone in the blink of an eye.

    At this moment Lily is flitting from  the lounge where she is watching Flubber (because she loves Weebo) to her plastic laptop on the table beside me (because she has to send an email).

    She has grown so much. She’s had her ears pierced, she has violin lessons on Saturdays. She thinks things are ‘Facinating’ and she loves to boss us all around.

    In a word Lily is just ‘Magic’ and I  am loving  every moment I have with her.

     28/05/0728th May 200728/05/09

    28th May 2009






2 Years ago Lily did not know how to cuddle. She was unfamiliar with it. She was stiff and unyielding whenever we picked her up. Now she melts into my arms like warm butter.








Lily 005Dad and Lily forever Day2

Bet you didn’t know that.

A positive message on Adoption.

I bet you did not know…..


Voice Your Objections

I am reposting a post from one of the adoption groups I am a member of. I thought it was worth using my blog to help spread the word about a new movie coming out called Orphan. The Synopsis is:

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther — this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late… for everyone.
I really believe that some movies should never be made and viewed by audiences. This is one such Movie.
If you can support the protest of the showing of this film please do.

Someone’s done alot of homework! If you’re up for ‘voicing’ your objection to the movie “Orphan” here are some suggestions and contact information. Look closely at the links to board members…. not so sure they’re complete.

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Here is the follow up to the last email regarding the Orphan Movie. This is where we need to write.

First DON’T support the film and DO tell others not to see the film. If they don’t make any money then these movies will not continue.

Second, write to the emails and addresses below.

Third, talk to your local movie theater and tell them not to support the film. If they do plan a protest.

Finally, pray the Lord would not allow this negative press to affect the lives of older children waiting to be adopted.

Thanks for your support! Here is all the info you need.

To complain by letter, here is contact info: Officers and Board member names follow


Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY10019-8016


To contact the Board Members:

c/o Office of the Corporate Secretary

Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019

The only email address is for INVESTOR RELATIONS – but hey, it’s better than nothing. If people want to complain via email instead of by letter, it couldn’t hurt to send thousands of emails to investor relations:

ir@timewarner.com , ir@timewarner.com, ir@timewarner.com; :ir@timewarner.com;

To complain by phone or letter:

Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY10019-8016


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