Many people around the world, and especially from Malawi, are outraged that Madonna is trying to adopt another child from Malawi, but why?
A Malawi judge postponed his ruling on the adoption until Friday. Here is the full story from the Associated Press.
Here are some key excerpts about the controversy:
“‘We feel Madonna is behaving like a bully,’ said Undule Mwakusungula, chairman of the Human Rights Consultative Committee. ‘She has the money and the status to use her profile to manipulate, to fast-track the process.’ ”
“Madonna’s spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg in New York did not immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.”
“The girl Madonna is hoping to adopt is about 4 years old, according to a Malawian welfare official and another person involved in the proceedings who both confirmed an adoption application was under way. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is considered sensitive.”
“The girl’s 18-year-old mother was unmarried and died soon after she was born, the uncle said. Her father is believed to be alive but has little contact with his daughter, he said.”
“The coalition’s Mwakusungula told reporters that adoption should be the last resort and that children need to be taken care of by their own family.”
On the flip side, another observer said:
“Standing outside the courthouse with a number of other curious onlookers, E. Ngulinga said he understood the criticism directed at the pop star but that it was hard to deny a child the kind of opportunities offered by Madonna.”
” ‘That baby is going to have the advantages of going to school and of becoming someone,’ he said. ‘Here it is very difficult.’ “
Should it matter whether she adopts from the U.S. or Africa or Europe as long as a kid gets a good home? Is it because she is white and adopting an African child? Is it an issue of privilege? Do people worry she is doing it for publicity?