6.2.19

Maybe it's me

I've been told by some that I can be too sensitive, that I read too much into things. So perhaps this is one of those time, that what I'm seeing isn't really there.  You be the judge.

Let's forget that those heartwarming "do a DNA test with your mother/father and get closer as a family" ads on tv are really painful to those who have lost a parent or who are adopted and would have no biological family with whom to share the results.  And let's forget all the issues around finding out that your family may not, biologically, be your family after all.

What I'm upset about is this recent ad, where a man discovers that his family is not, in fact, Italian.


 Instead it's.... Eastern European.  Not as specific as Italian, just generic "Eastern European".  And the tone in which 'Katherine' says Eastern European is one of disgust.

So here's my problem.  I (and virtually all my family) are "Eastern European" - Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Lithuania and Russia all count as the Old Country for them.  There's a word after Eastern European that I didn't add, but is added by Ancestry: Jewish.

Ancestry.com is based in Utah.  Owned by Mormons.  Perhaps I'm being overly sensitive (again).  You tell me.

2 comments:

philosophymom said...

She does seem a bit disappointed, but maybe they were just super-invested in the Italian thing. I expected it would be hard to surrender (though no one's forcing them to do so) something that you'd pinned a piece of your identity on for decades.

I'm a bit more hard-hearted about the fact that ads depicting bio-families getting tested together exclude people whose families don't fit that model. Not everything is for everyone.

That said, I also can't imagine anything less interesting to me than getting a joint family DNA test. People really do that?

Lazygal said...

I do know of two parents who did the tests (long story short, the father wasn't as Irish as his father kept claiming, although none of his father's siblings thought they were more than a little Irish) but no mother/daughter, father/son, etc. pairs. I suspect that's marketing... plus a desire to build as large a database as possible so as to monetize the information.