A North Carolina father has gotten his 5 – 10 minutes of fame by complaining about adoption jokes in Portal 2. Charlotte news channel WBTV indulges the complaining parent in a story that goes out of its way to malign one of the best games of 2011. According to the report, Neal Stapel was playing Portal 2 with his adopted daughter and enjoying it until jokes started to fly about one of the characters being adopted. Stapel found himself utterly offended. None of the other jokes and occasionally crude humor bothered him, apparently.
"It throws the question, the most ultimate question that that child is ever gonna have for you and it just throws it right in your living room," he said. "It says it’s rated "E" for everybody and I’m thinking maybe it’s rated "E" for everybody except for orphans."
The moment in the game he is speaking of is when one of the robot characters says to the protagonist: "Alright, fatty. Adopted fatty. Fatty, fatty no parents." Later (a fact excluded from the report) the character says that there is nothing wrong with being adopted.
Stapel said that most people won’t find the joke offensive unless they are adopted:
"If you’re not an adoptive parent it’s probably not that big a deal to you," he said. "If you are it’s literally the worst thing I could have probably heard."
"She’s sticking to her guns that she didn’t hear it," he added. "And to me, that message means she’s not ready to talk about it and I’m not gonna force it."
Which may prove a different point: people that are adopted aren’t as sensitive as parents that contact local news channels looking for a few fleeting moments of fame. At least the young girl from China can say she is adopted the next time her father makes a fool of himself on the local news..
Source: WBTV by way of Mendror and Cheater87.