Web Game Turns Celeb Orphans Into Accessories

It's all in fun, says My Minx founder, but parents' groups disagree
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2010 10:01 AM CST
Madonna with adopted son David Banda.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An online fashion game is under fire for allowing players to buy a chic accessory for their avatars: the adopted children of celebrities. My Minx, a “dress-up game for style icons,” now includes an “adoption clinic” where players can acquire web versions of, say, Angelina Jolie’s brood, and even Haitian orphans. They can dress them up and sell the image rights to virtual magazines. “There are more than enough pressures on children to grow up already,” a parents’ advocate tells MSNBC.

The advocate fears kids using the site, which has no age restrictions, “will fail to appreciate its irony.” My Minx’s founder, who says the game is marketed for late teens and adults, is not buying the outrage. The groups up in arms against his site are “trying to shield people from online orphans,” he scoffs. “People are trying to overprotect children,” he says, and besides, “if someone adopts in real life, why not online? I didn’t expect this to be so controversial. It’s just for fun.”

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