Goody-goody gum drops! Madonna just might have Mercy!
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Excuse my dripping sarcasm as I proudly post a piece relating to the Great Madam of African Adoptions.
Mother-Madonna, with all her money, seems to have gained favor within the adoption-circle once again.
The grandfather of Mercy James, the three-year-old Malawian girl who Madonna reportedly wants to adopt, has promised to turn things in favour of the singer.
Earlier this year, the 50-year-old singer had sent her aides to Malawi to meet James’ grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa.
However, the 64-year-old granny refused to sign the tot over to the pop star.
And other members of the family were also angry with the proposal.
Now, James’ grandfather Saxon Maunde, who is no longer married to Lucy, is angry that he wasn’t consulted over the proposed >adoption.
He has issued a plea to the singer, promising to negotiate the adoption himself.
“I really wish she could come back with that proposal,” the Daily Star quoted Maunde, as saying.
“If she can come back through me, there will be no problem because I will be able to explain to the family the benefits of adoption to the >child.
“Once they understand what adoption means, the child can be adopted without a problem,” he added.
Maunde said that he could get all parties to quickly agree to the adoption.
He claims it was rejected because the family did not understand what was being offered and may have felt they did not have enough time to talk it over.
“I wish they had involved me as the grandfather of the child for advice,” he said.
“They approached me about sending the child to the orphanage but on the adoption issue they did not,” they added.
[From: "New hope for Madonna in adoption bid}, Sept 7, 2008, timesofindia.indiatimes.com]
"Private negotiations" with the singer. <hmmmm>. Anyone care to tell me how this illustrates "the benefits of adoption"? Since I am no longer a child, and my dripping sarcasm has now gone completely dry, I see/read this type of situation/proposal as being far more dark, twisted, and shady than any formal adoption SHOULD be.
What was this family being offered, and what makes this family think The Great Madonna won't go elsewhere to invest her interests?
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Madonna's menopausal mania
So let me try to understand this: Mercy James has family. There is more money spent on the news gathering around this
purchaseadoption than her entire upbringing would cost. Madonna has to negotiate the deal to get the girl. I understand why Madonna has chosen Malawi again, the country has no regulations whatsoever to protect their children from aging celebrities who need to rejuvinate themselves with ever more children. I think the story of Madonna and her human posessions has already been written by fellow expat Josephine Baker.
Sex, adoption, and the single-mom
Well, it seems those in Malawi just might have some issues with Madonna's lifestyle choices now that she's a "free-woman".
Oddly enough, her religious beliefs (she was Catholic, but years ago converted to Kaballah... much like she was a resident in America, but became a full-time UK-er once she got married) does not bother the Christian nation decision-makers nearly as much as her sexcapades upset those considering/ruling permanant child-placement.
I'm thinking her money and celebrity will make it possible for her to get what she wants, regardless of criticism. After all, what would the government do if they don't have Madonna Raising Malawi?
Yet another adoption update
I don't know how reliable the source is, but according to latest reports, it seems Madonna, and her money, will be getting get Mercy, (in spite of so-called "life-style concerns").
Not surprising, is it?
Celebrities, Actions and Consequences
While today's BBC article, Madonna urged to rethink adoption, begins with pleas made by Save the Children charity:
The article ends with a brief story as to WHY Madonna wants to brings another sibling into David's life, and why this second adoption is so important to the pop-star. More and more, Madonna is proving just how little she cares about adoption fall-out and how disturbing the politics behind international adoption really are:
If Madonna truly cared about the well-being of David and Mercy, she would have donated enough money to their villages so neither would have to be taken away and become part of an international media circus. And she would have visited them frequently, proving she has not and will not forgot them or their country. Instead, she's getting what she always wants (and gets) -- MORE publicity for herself and the controversy she likes to create.
Since Malawi claims each adoption is based on "merit", after Mercy, then what? What happens to the laws of adoption in Malawi? Will it mean "anything is possible", IF you have the cash and/or celebrity? Is this the message celebrities want to send when it relates to "a child's best interest"? (Or do celebrities, like mother-Madonna, not care about their actions and their subsequent natural consequences?)
Perhaps Madonna (and "her people") should do some reading before her next visit to Malawi -- I suggest each in her adoption-posse read articles like, "No winners in Samoa adoption scandal" or "International Adoption The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; A South Pasific Perspective", especially where it states: