Whose Baby?

Madonna and the African baby she wants to adopt:

I’m sure she must feel she is doing the right thing and I want to believe her motives are genuine but if she really cared for the welfare of this child, then surely she would look into ways and means of financially supporting his needs from afar rather than uprooting him and taking him away from his blood relatives and his culture of origin which, according to the experts in this field, should be the very last resort.

To be fair, she has funded a children’s home in Africa which is specifically for Aids orphans so Kudos to her for that.  But, by believing she can love this little boy more than his own native people can, she has arrogantly side-stepped Malawi adoption laws and worse, gone against much expert advice of people who actually know a thing or two about the sensitive issues of adoption and she has taken him anyway. 

She has pledged three million dollars to help the children of Malawi and I’m not sure if this is the same money that is going to the orphanage for the Aids children or if she’s already donated this as a separate issue.  If it’s one and the same then it’s a bit too close to bribery in my view.  If she truly cared she would be willing to give this money freely, without any (quietly spoken) conditions attached.

But of course, ultimately it’s the childs welfare that is most important and the general consensus among the experts seems to be that this has been far too rushed with little or no effort to firstly try and establish a loving and safe home for the child in his natural environment.   And with this knowledge, I strongly oppose her actions. 


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by misslionheart on October 17, 2006 at 8:38 pm

    It’s so ‘part of the package’. Get rich, famous and adopt a baby. I’m with you. Leave the baby in his/her country…
    (Lets be honest, it will be the Nanny’s duty to care for the child)


  2. Posted by misslionheart on October 17, 2006 at 8:44 pm

    Ooops, she actually is very generous, too!


  3. Yeah, the African issue is always trendy and it’s hard not to be cynical.

    That said, I wouldn’t want to knock, too hard, the celebrities who campaign for the African issue because they do raise awareness and as this gives much needed publicity, we don’t want to deter their efforts. Thing is, it also benefits their own public image and shiny, ethically-aware celebrity profiles are always popular. It’s just a shame that the real workers – the ones who work tirelessly and selflessly behind the scenes for the betterment of humanity, go unrecognised.

    So – maximum kudos to the real heroes.


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