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.”