Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Papa Don't Preach, I'm Adopting my Baby

I know you probably haven’t heard much about this but apparently Madonna is adopting a baby from Malawi. The result has been an interesting maelstrom of criticism.

The first group includes the anti-Madonna. You’ll note them by the fad argument. All the celebrities are adopting foreign babies. Madonna is copying Angelina Jolie. It’s the newest thing in Hollywood. Eh. If you hate Madonna you’re still going to hate Madonna. It doesn’t matter how many millions she might donate to the children, all that matters is that the hater’s street cred is in tact. Oh yes the Ramones are terribly cool and isn’t it sad that CBGB’s is closing. Madonna is a total wanker.

The second group believes it is an abuse of power. Celebrities shouldn’t be above the law. She’s taking advantage of poor people. Well yes, this is all a bit true. Celebrities have long had access to power that we as commonfolk shall never have. Even the great and powerful Oprah threw down when a certain shop closed its doors on her face. When faced with a long line in front of San Francisco’s City Hall Rosie O’Donnell and her partner were whisked ahead for star treatment and a quickie marriage. So, the use and/or abuse of power is contingent upon the goal. In some cases the end result (Madonna, Rosie) has a net positive while in others (Oprah) it is merely to shop in private.

Lastly, there is a school of thought that only families of that country should raise their native children and all international placements should be stopped. Organizations such as UNICEF work against Western families from adopting abroad. Charges of baby buying enter into the debate. To me this is one of the most egregious and most difficult to fight. It assumes that by default that a family from the US or UK could not provide a better life for a child. To outlaw all such adoptions in the end hurts the children. Some of the poorest countries in the world ban outside adoption. To deny these children access to better nutrition, education, and resources is a national horror.

7 comments:

BriteYellowGun said...

This is just so much like Joan Crawford adopting her kids...you just get the feeling that she's doing it for the publicity or because it makes her look like a better person than she really is. I don't particularly like her so that may just be my biased opinion on the matter, for all I know, she's a great mother.

Mark said...

Well as long as she can give the child a loving home, that's all that counts for me.

She will always be a touch stone for people......they just have to get over it.

How's E doing?

The Brian said...

BYG, heh. There can be only one Joan!

Mark, that's what I'm thinking. E is doing really great. We just got his Halloween costume and it looks too adorable.

RIC said...

Hello Brian! If the boy is going to have a definitely better life, why then all the fuzz?!... I just don't get it...
Nice to know E is fine! :-)

Kapitano said...

A nicely cogent post. If I had to decide on this adoption, there's two questions I'd ask:

* Would Madonna herself be a good mother?

Obviously she can provide for all the material needs (and wants) of any child, but is she actually capable of providing that loving home?

Handling reporters, dancers, managers and rabid fans is one thing. A young boy is another. Does she really know what she's getting into?

* Is Madonnaworld a good place to raise a child?

The world of showbiz is quite surreal in itself, and has produced a lot people who are fucked up because they were deep inside it as children.

Even if the child takes the lifestyle in their stride, they still lack privacy. Can they handle literally having hidden cameras pointed at them, and the photos appearing in national newspapers with hostile commentary the next day?

In short, the boy would have a materially better life under Madonna's wing, but would it be a supportive life?

I don't have any answers, but those are my questions.

Dan said...

I think the new twist to this tale is interesting - the father claims he didn't realise Madonna was adopting the baby, just "raising him"...

Drama drama drama!

The Brian said...

I saw that. I'm very skeptical that Banda didn't realize what was going on. It's possible but the whole situation is just fishy.