Hats off to Arnold Schwarzenegger, not for having fathered a child through his maid, but for having successfully kept it away from his wife Maria Shriver for a full decade. Maria did not suspect a thing till the fact became public. It became public, simply because Mildred Baena got tired of maintaining the lie anymore.
Rogelio, the husband of Mildred Baena carried on with life under the grand belief that the child brought forth by Mildred was fathered by him. It is only of late that Rogelio was given to understand that he was merely a “PARENT” and not the “FATHER”.
As this blogger had maintained, there is nothing new about “affairs” between master-maid, doctor -nurse, manager-secretary, mistress-driver etc. etc., but how far do they CARRY THAT AFFAIR? In these days of condoms, MTP and other prophylactics, why do they let the pregnancy carry to term? Should we call the offspring, thus born, as LOVE CHILD and romanticize the idea?
In this case three persons have been offended. Maria Shriver for having “trusted” Arnold; Rogelio for having “trusted” Mildred and thirdly for having let the child believe that Rogelio was his father. Even assuming that Maria and Rogelio have let themselves to be tricked into such smug thoughts, the child, for no mistake of his, has started off with a belief which could be changed in due course leaving him traumatized!
To propagate an idea that one NEEDN’T HAVE TO FATHER TO BE A PARENT, like our Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is all great in a SOCIAL context. But at the personal level, if it comes to the FACT of fatherhood, it is the child’s INALIENABLE RIGHT to know who his/her BIOLOGICAL FATHER is/was. When, some adults to conceal their wayward ways start putting a lie on the lips of a child from the outset, they are committing grave INJUSTICE to a NEW SOUL.
Let us cut back, and go to the story of the LUST triangle of PADMA LAKSHMI, ADAM DELL and TED FORSTMANN, where even Padma Laksmi (ex-wife of Salman Rushdie) herself is confused about the ‘fatherhood’ of the child KRISHNA THEA. Padma wants to cut out her then husband’s name from her daughter Krishna Thea with the fervent “HOPE” that the child wasn’t fathered by Dell:
‘[Lakshmi] made clear to [Dell] her hope that Forstmann was the child’s biological father,’ according to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
He claims this was the reason she refused to put his name on the birth certificate – ‘to minimize, if not eliminate [Dell’s] role in Krishna’s life and to install Forstmann as Krishna’s father.’
Arnold Schwarzenegger should pass off for a great actor or having a truly dumb wife, for having carried the lie for a full ten years. I have my doubts if he is a great actor on screen, but off-screen he seems to be one.
What i do not understand is, Mildred could have “worked on the staff” of Arnold, but why did they not scabbard it?
IT MAY BE THE RIGHT OF INDIVIDUALS TO CHOOSE THEIR SEX PARTNERS, BUT THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHT TO START OFF A CHILD’S LIFE WITH A LIE. IF THEY COULD ASCERTAIN THE CHILD’S ‘FATHER’, THROUGH LATEST MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY, THE COURTS SHOULD COMPEL SUCH PROCEDURES. OTHERWISE WHEN THE CHILD WANTS TO FIND OUT HEREDITARY MEDICAL ISSUES, HE/SHE WOULD BE FUMBLING IN HOPE (LIKE PADMA LAKSHMI) RATHER WITH THE CERTAINTY OF KNOWLEDGE!