22 October, 2006

If This Doesn't Make Your Blood Boil...

I've taken a lot of heat in the past two weeks for being a vocal critic of the Madonna baby purchase adoption. This article does nothing but bolster my opinion that this was nothing more than crass manipulation on Madonna's part.
Banda said his understanding was that "when David grows up he will return back home to his village." He said the director of Child Welfare Services, Penston Kilembe, and the retired pastor who heads the orphanage where David spent most of his life never told him by "adoption" it meant David will cease to be his son. ... Banda said he was illiterate and so had no idea of the significance of the adoption papers he signed in the High Court in the capital, Lilongwe.
"Mr. Kilembe and the pastor explained to me that Madonna would take care of my son; I am just realizing now the meaning of adoption," he said, claiming that he has no copies of documents pertaining to the adoption. "All the documents are with Mr. Kilembe," he said.

How is this different than the slave trade of centuries ago? I mean, other than the fact that there's no sugar cane involved.


At 1:31 PM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous sista smiff said...

So what if she goes around the rules and buys him? She can certainly give him a much better life with a whole hell of a lot better opportunity than he'll get in that village.

Being a celebrity and having money presents more advantages. From adoption to waiting in line...it's good to be a celebrity.

At 1:57 PM, October 22, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...


If you say so.

Personally I think that things like "not waiting in line" and "buying children out from under their parents" are callous and inconsiderate of other human beings.

At 2:33 PM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous brittney said...

I guess it good to be a celebrity because when you become one they steal your conscience?

At 2:35 PM, October 22, 2006, Anonymous sista said...

I think her intentions are good. She doesn't need the publicity. She's proven to us over and over now for over 20 years, she could care less what people think of her. I think she's sincere in what she's trying to do and that's give that little boy a better life.

At 9:29 AM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Super Gringo said...

Wow, the comments I'm hearing sound an awful lot like adoption based on the modern interpretation of "right of eminent domain." Should the rich elite be allowed to go into a poor village, pick any child they want and have them because they can provide "a much better life with a whole hell of a lot better opportunity....?"

Admittedly I don't know much about this particular case but if a poor parent in a third world fishing village loves their child, should money matter?

At 9:42 AM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Kat Coble said...

SG, that's my problem with the whole thing.

Who says that life as Madonna's (or any celebrity's) child would be "better"? What makes for a better life? Does having your every desire gratified but being reared by a nanny mean that you are automatically happier?

I somehow don't think so.

I think a lot of people have this image of Africa as this godforsaken, benighted place that only breeds starvation and disease. There is a complete disregard for the vibrance of African cultures--much as there was during the slave trade.

And Sista, I think you've got it backward. Madonna cares VERY MUCH what we think of her. It's why she lives her life in the spotlight. She wants to get rich. And she still hasn't learned that money and fame are not guarantees for a "better" life. Contentment is independant of wealth and celebrity.

At 12:08 PM, October 23, 2006, Anonymous bekah said...

I honestly don't care whether Madonna "went around the rules" to "buy a child" or not, my problem is with the father making a huge deal out of this - if he didn't want someone to adopt his son, why in the hell was he living in an orphanage?

At 1:21 PM, October 23, 2006, Blogger Lee said...

I've never heard of a poor fishing villager needing to check into rehab.


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