One of the biggest challenges for me this summer was accepting that Growing Pain’s Alan Thicke is also Robin Thicke’s Alan Thicke. How is it possible that a psychologist who raised four children and took in a ruggishly handsome homeless child also raised a guy who did this:
I mean, I know the real answer. Alan Thicke isn’t really Dr. Seaver. It’s similar to how Mike Seaver isn’t really a compatible crush for me. (Spoiler alert: Kirk Cameron’s a fanatical Christian who’s slightly insane.) But still, it hurts my brain to think of Alan Thicke operating independently of Growing Pains. In the same way that it hurt my brain today when I read Alan Thicke’s advice for his son in Us Weekly:
Alan also told Us that he believes the couple’s success will only continue to soar. He shared, “I told [Robin], ‘You’re a power couple now. If you only adopt a few Ethiopian kids, you’d be the next Brangelina.’”
I know he’s joking around, but really? He couldn’t think of any better joke? Not only does it kinda dehumanize international adoptees by treating them like fashionable accessories (which I think we all know is already a problem), but he also completely misses the point of Brangelina. Adopting children didn’t make them Brangelina. Being born into the bodies of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie made them Brangelina. That is something that cannot be replicated. Especially if you go on national TV doing this:
I know, I know. I’m sorry to GIF you twice in one post. It’s just that, ugh, Dr. Seaver really dropped the ball — on this tasteless quote and on Robin’s raising.