Lemony Snicket’s (AKA Daniel Handler) A Series Of Unfortunate Events told the tale of the recently-orphaned Violet, Klaus and Sonny Baudelaire, as they were left to the custody of their wicked uncle, Count Olaf and his nefarious schemes to pretty much murder the children, in an attempt to get his grubby hands on their fortune. The series (appropriately) spanned across 13 books, with the siblings dodging past some increasingly elaborate Bond-villain traps, schemes and plots, as they struggled to put together the mystery behind their parents’ untimely demise.

Netflix has recently announced that they are intending to go ahead with a full TV series adaptation for the whole family, while trying to keep its pitch-black humorous appeal intact. They even went so far as to cast Mark Hudis, True Blood’s previous show-runner in the role of the arch-villain Count Olaf. However, in light of his recent (so far unexplained) turning down of the role, Netflix went ahead to cast another to play of the most memorable attempted child-murderers…


With over $700 million in the bank, you’d think that The Avengers was a hit with just about everyone. Not so. One group is not pleased with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for a throwaway gag one its members says in the course of the film.

The group in question is America’s adoptees.

If you seen The Avengers, then you already know where this is going. In one scene, Bruce Banner is talking smack about Loki’s mental capacity, to which Thor remarks that Loki’s still an Asgardian and deserves, at least, a degree of respect. When Black Widow mentions that Loki’s “killed 80 people in two days,” Thor retorts, “He’s adopted.”

The crowd laughs, but not all of them. America’s adopted kids are mad as hell, and they’ve started a  petition to demand an apology from Disney:

“Sooo..according to your scriptwriter, the fact [Loki] was adopted is the reason he is a bad guy!

Being adopted is NOT something to use for the butt of jokes! Marvel, immediately cease using adoption as the butt of jokes AND issue a public apology to the adoption community!”

Really? A petition? Sigh. Of course when something’s really, really successful everyone tries to latch their cause or issue on it. I’m guessing the orphans of America are just trying to make some noise for their orphan agenda…

Source: Blastr

Have you played Portal 2? And if so, did you notice any insensitivity within the game?

The game is rated “E” for everybody and lists itself as educational by its creator Valve, but a brief moment in the game put shocked a father so much that he had to shut off the game immediately.

A character in the game makes some jokes about being adopted and the father, who has an adoptive daughter, thought it was extremely harsh to single-out adopted children and their parents.

Personally, I absolutely loved the game (read my review here) while I can see his argument, I think it is taking it a bit too far. It is a game, and should be treated as such, not as a fact. If she thinks that is true, what about homicidal robots, portal guns and magical goo’s?

Check it out, and let us know what you think: Is the father’s argument valid or is he making mountains out of molehills?