JOELY FISHER TALKS ADOPTION AND RACE
The ‘Til Death’ star Joely Fisher recently sat down with More to talk about adoption, and her comments about racial barriers are quite interesting.
Contrary to some celeb women who adopt to become moms for the first time, Joely’s inspiration for adoption comes from a different source. “I always wanted to adopt, even when I was a little girl,” says the star. “I remember seeing pictures of so many little kids from Romania on trains—that image really affected me as a child. Fast-forward to me talking to a stand-in on a set. This woman had two beautiful children she had adopted from the Los Angeles area. She put me in touch with another woman, and three weeks later I had a baby. Although I had to talk my husband into it, it was the right time and the right place. Now we have this gorgeous, smart, a bit of a pain in the neck but otherwise just perfect little girl.”
Although perfect in nature, Fisher admits that race is a factor that she and her husband must deal with everyday. “It is a tough road because she is a different color than the rest of us,” explains the actress. “She knows that she is brown. Although she hasn’t asked me any questions, one day she will ask. I have shown her a couple of photographs of her mother, and she does have a biological sibling. We are not ready to go there yet because she is only four, but it is a daily thing that we encounter, such as when she wants to brush her hair like her two blonde, blue-eyed sisters. We deal with things as they come up.” Joely and her husband parent five kids in all.
What do you think about Fisher’s comments pertaining to race in reference to her adopted daughter? Does she have reason to be aware or is she just one paranoid actress? How do you feel about celebs of other races adopting children of color?