11.19.2006

Madonna and Children


Dear Material Girl,

Congratulations on your recent adoption of baby David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie. Even though there are plenty of African American baby boys waiting to be adopted as my fingers hit this keyboard, it was still good of you to go those extra miles to Malawi. Lucky kid. I'm sure you'll do a great job at dressing him up in your love and whatever else Gucci, Fendi, or Prada currently has in a 2T.

A lot of people think you're just trying to get attention. Or that you may have misconceptions about black folks in general. I'm sure there are others who just thinking you're practicing a role for the next Hollywood great white saviour movie. And they might be right. But as the mother of three young children myself, I applaud you. Anyone who already has two kids can barely imagine the challenge of raising three without wincing. And on a really bad day, no amount of domestic help would be enough to make some women want more babies. So I personally think your decsion was quite noble. Maybe your maternal generousity will inspire many other famous Americans to take the leap and internationally adopt as well, especially now that they're aware of all the extra attention you and Angelina have received. Not that you all compete with eachother or anything.

I just heard recently that you're considering further expanding your family
by adopting a brand new baby girl from Malawi
, in an effort "to redress the balance". I'm going to ignore how weird that sounds and assume that said "balance redressing" would include gender as well as ethnicity. So bravo to you for thinking that way, a kid is bound to get kinda lonely as the only negro child on your estate. As a black person who is painfully aware of the general amount of discomfort one might feel being the only person of color in a classroom, I want to say thanks for considering that. I can only imagine that type of isolation in a family. By the way, I wrote some black hair care tips that may come in handy if you're still down with Malawi once all the current baby drama dies out.

I'm not even going to spend a minute considering the fact that you might actually just be planning to do this as a big f*$k you to all the people who didn't want you to go get a little African baby in the first place. I just wanted to say thank you for being considerate enough to think of David's needs, instead of plucking a child from any place on this earth, like you were buying a new pair of shoes.

Sincerely Yours,

A Random Black Person Who Hasn't Bought Your Albums Since '86

5 comments:

Mother From Another Continent said...

It is a good thing, indeed, to take a child into you home and heart.

Keith said...

My only qualm is that she purchased, I mean adopted, an African kid with a known parent (and a grandmother). There are literally millions of orphans in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic who've had their entire families wiped out, and she chose one that kind of has a dad. Maybe I'm being nitpicky. The kid is lucky as heck and I do wish him and his new family well. And I'll admit the last Madonna album I purchased was more recent than '86. Yes, I am ashamed of that fact.

Ginny said...

In defence of Madonna, there is something about falling in love that you can not control. When they put my son in my arms there was no doubt he was the one. And while there was a 6 month risk of our adoption not going through, I knew in an instant that I would do anything to be part of his life forever. Maybe David choose her as much as she choose him.

And some how I have never bough a Madonna album!
G

Christopher Chambers said...

Am I being naive when I wonder if the black folks with whom she does hang (even her cadre of gay dancers) didn't point out that there are so many black babies in the US (and yes, in England, too; Guy has enough Jamaican/Nigerian/Brixton folk in his gangster films to know this LOL) who need adoption? This point is so obvious that I even hear regular suburban whitefolks say it at the coffeehouse when it comes to Brangelina.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

US adoptions laws are different and most of the black kids who need adopting are older and in foster care. You have to have the parents sign over their rights and it's not a pretty process. Also I work alot with foster kids and what the kids here are going through is bad but compared to an orphan in Africa? can't even compare the two.

I think it's interesting harldy any rich black celebs adopt at all. Not locally or Internationally. I can't be mad at Angelina or Madonna.