Saturday, October 21, 2006

Madonna's newest stunt

I've been reading a lot of disturbing comments from people who I thought would know better about Madonna's "adoption" of a baby from Africa. Most people seem to think it's great because the kid will live in luxury. Are people really so foolish as to think money is everything? Michael Jackson's kids live amidst wealth but I wouldn't want to be them or any other kid in his circle. How would you like to have Christina Crawford's childhood? She grew up in luxury but life with Joan Crawford was hell. J.P. Getty was the richest man in the world but his kids hated him. Money didn't make up for the fact that he was a dreadful person. Gloria Vanderbilt grew up rich but her mother was a mess and Gloria was miserable for years.

Apparently a civil rights organization in Malawi is opposing the adoption and Madonna may be facing a legal investigation back in England so this might not be a done deal after all. Baby David is not a Versace dress or a Louis V. bag. He deserves a real home with decent people who are really going to love him. I'm tired of African babies being the new celebrity accessory.


Christine said...

Very well said.
She treated the whole trip like a shopping trip. But she is not fooling everyone...this is just a publicity stunt.
But we are talking about a baby here...and I hate to see baby David being used by her in this manner.

Anonymous said...

I find that comment about the child having all wealthy parents upsetting. Money can't buy love and happiness.

I don't have alot of money, but my dk's are fed, clothed, loved and brought up in the church. The might have more toys if I was rich and live in a bigger house but are those two things really important?

Remember the rich man going through the eye of the needle part of the bible...Made me remember that.

Andy Nowicki said...

True: money isn't everything, but is it at all clear that this kid would have a life comparable to Christine Crawford or Micheal Jackson's kids? Madonna may be an intermittent pain in the ass (I personally think her pain-in-the-assishness peaked in the 90s), but is there any evidence that she's an abusive parent? And given that the alernative isn't just a "humbler" lifestyle, but sheer, grinding poverty, isn't there something to be said for the fact that this kid is going to be taken care of materially, i.e., that he won't have to worry about recieving his daily bread?

Madonna will surely fill up his head with screwy ideas, but she's hardly the only parent in the Western world that's doing that with her kids these days. It seems to me, on balance, that the kid might be better off with her than growing up a penniless orphan in the heart of impoverished Africa. Just a thought.