Madonna on the rocks
Pop star Madonna will not be allowed to adopt a second child from Malawi, the three-year girl Mercy James Chifundo, the Malawi’s High Court said last week.
The ruling will please campaigners who say that authorities have given the singer special treatment. Which is a load bull crap.
I know societies like to claim that we have equality before the law – but we all know that some among us are more equal than others. The fact is that Madonna is someone special. Not everyone can adopt a platoon of kids of all races. Just try to adopt one kid and see.
Earlier the Malawi government, which came under fire after Madonna adopted a 13-month-old, David Banda, had said that it would support a second adoption. Court registrar Ken Manda told reporters that Madonna’s bid to adopt Mercy had been rejected because the star was not a resident of Malawi. Which is simply hogwash?
The decision came as a surprise since Malawi’s Child Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati had earlier come out in support of the singer’s application for the adoption of Mercy. Madonna has appealed against the ruling. Of course and I am sure under the pressure from the Malawi government the High Court will see ‘sense’ and let Mercy go.
I am sure if Madonna had chosen to adopt kids of Malawi High Court judges themselves instead of Mercy James, she would have been feted all over Malawi. It’s the usual game of hypocrisy. When an African kid is given a chance to live decently some hypocrites come up with high-faluting ideas about ‘child trafficking and human rights.
Mind you, this is in country which has a million plus orphans, half of whom have lost parents to AIDS.
On her visit to the country, Madonna was photographed with the father of David Banda whom she had also adopted. The father, in a natty suit, probably bought by the star, was all teeth with joy. You could tell that he could not believe his luck.
In the Wazungu who are against Madonna’s move, you sense a sneaky whiff of racism. How come hardly a noise is raised the Wazungus adopt South American, Indian and far eastern orphans, while they foam in the mouth when a Black kid is about to be adopted?
I would have thought the case was of the star and the kids’ parents to decide. Last year Madonna spoke of being drawn to the people of Malawi, particularly the children.
Madonna first travelled to Malawi in 2006 while filming a documentary on it’s devastating poverty and AIDS crisis, and later decided to adopt a child there.
The Malawi government had earlier said that Madonna had helped the country and was a worthy mother who was supporting over 25,000 orphans. Madonna’s charity, Raising Malawi, plans to build a multi-million dollar school for girls in Chikota village outside Lilongwe.
Are the courts going to tell us whom and what to like? I think Big Brother is really breathing down people’s neck! But we should cut the hypocrisy, Mercy James Chifundo was not about to be a victim of child trafficking!