Step by step, this whole story gets increasingly more ridiculous and heart-breaking. We've already told you about the Slumdog Millionaire aftermath, and how young stars Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail and Rubiana Ali have struggled in their slum-filled, post-Oscars life. Then rumors popped up that Ali's dad was trying to sell her. Since then, just last week, Ismail's house was torn down and this week, MSNBC reports that Ali's has been demolished as well.

Rubina told The Associated Press: "I'm feeling bad. My house had been demolished. I'm thinking about where to sleep." And where are the houses they were promised back in February?

Award-winning films are great and all, as are realism, but none of us should accept entertainment over the welfare of those involved. It's bad enough when a language void and a desire for cheap labor leads to a Borat in Romania situation, but it's incredibly worse when it involves children.

Slumdog' Kids

    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," holds her prayers beads and pray as her house is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," walks inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali, a child actress in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire," stands inside her house as it is demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, May 20, 2009. Dozens of police with bamboo batons walked around the alley where Rubina's house is located and supervised demolition crews of young men wielding sledgehammers and metal rods who tore down the shanty homes, a week after bulldozers demolished the home of Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, another child star of the same film, in a similar cleanup drive in a different part of the same slum. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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    Rubina Ali (C), who acted as young Latika in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", stands with her mother Munni (L) amidst the debris after their house was demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Rubina Ali (C), who acted as young Latika in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", stands amid the debris after her house was demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Rubina Ali (C), who acted as young Latika in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", picks up a wooden plank from the debris after her house was demolished by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

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    Munni (R), mother of Rubina Ali who played the leading lady Latika as a young child in the Oscar-winning movie "Slumdog Millionaire", looks at her demolished house by local authorities at a slum area in Mumbai May 20, 2009. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe (INDIA SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)

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Sure, the rational voice in our heads can blame their parents, or make a million and two excuses. But the fact of the matter is, everyone is responsible for the welfare of children, and if you're going to use them for your own art or own gain, you best put more than five minutes thought to think how it will affect them. Think about the impact of the film, of the Oscars, the worlds they will be introduced and then ripped from -- to go back to a situation where they have no home, living a life that we'd all find unacceptable.

Don't choose them and titilate them with riches until they have, at the very least, a home that won't be bulldozed in the blazing heat. If you can't provide even that, look elsewhere.
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