2009, January - May
Answering Madonna Apologists
May 25, 2009
interview hosted on "Excite," celebrity columnist, professional
liar, and slobbering Madonna fan Liz Smith said, "People want to
forget that she [Madonna] is this giant figure in pop music, that she
has written most of her big hits," which is untrue.
(She also insulted the late Marilyn Monroe, which is
just more evidence of how bad a judge of celebrity this hack Smith is.
She also insults Princess Diana and takes a swipe of sorts against Elvis.
But Smith gives the trashy, sleaze-ball, arrogant, untalented tramp Madonna
All of Madonna's big hits were written by Stephen Bray,
Pat Leonard, and Billy Steinberg, among others.
The songs Madonna is known for, and the ones which launched
her career, such as "Like A Virgin," "Material Girl,"
and "Dress You Up" were written by other people, and Madonna
does not even have co-writing credits for such songs.
For more information on this topic, please see the following
threads at the Anti Madonna Discussion Board: Songwriter
Gets No Credit for Writing Madonna Song; Songwriting;
Bray Thread; Musical
May 11, 2009.
It never fails: any negative publicity always brings
out the journalists and amateur bloggers who are sympathetic towards Madonna.
Such is the case with the recent headlines
(a.) poking fun at Madonna and questioning her morals
over the ugly, blue designer dress she wore to a fashion gala, and
(b) with headlines over the past month wherein the
supposed biological child of Mercy James, a Mr. James Kambewa, insisted
that Madonna is not fit to raise his child.
For anyone who thinks that a rich, famous woman automatically
makes for a wonderful adoptive parent, I have six words for you:
Joan Crawford; Mommy Dearest; coat hangers. (If you've
no clue what that means, google the phrase.)
New trends I have seen with those reporters and journalists
who are protective of Madonna is to attack Mr. Kambewa, first by implying
that he's only feigning interest in little Mercy James because he is after
Madonna's money, and secondly to berate him for not being present in her
life until now.
Just look at this headline, which attempts to poison
the well against Mr. Kambewa:
come Mercy's 'father' only showed up when millionaire Madonna arrived
on the scene?" by Tony Parsons
Another editorial, "Why
'papa' can't preach to party girl Madonna," by Eilis O'Hanlon,
also went with the same smear technique (writes O'Hanlon regarding
Mr. Kambewa: "....considering he only popped
out of the blue when an American millionairess arrived on the scene...").
Talk about irresponsible and sleazy journalism. If Mr.
Kambewa can get legal representation, maybe he can sue these jokers for
Aside from implying that Mr. Kambewa's only motivation
for wanting to take part in Mercy's life is greed, these same authors
argue that he is an unfit parent because he has not played a role in Mercy's
life until now.
What most of these editorials neglect to mention is
that Mr. Kambewa himself has stated that he did not even realize until
now that he had a daughter.
Kambewa was told that his daughter had died in infancy.
If that is the case, one can hardly blame the man for not taking part
in the life of a child he did not realize even existed, and yet, these
dishonest dirt bag writers think nothing of doing so.
Parsons makes this strange remark in his editorial:
But if Madonna has no right to be Mercy's adopted mother,
then James Kambewa has hardly earned the right to call himself her father.
Never mind that in recent years I've yet to see a single
journalist address alarming claims
of pedophilia concerning Madonna (and see this
photo spread), but I fail to see how Madonna, who is a total
stranger to the girl, would be a better parent than Kambewa.
Have any of these writers considered how much more troubling
it would be if Mr. Kambewa was aware that someone was trying to adopt
his daughter but expressed no interest?
What if his attitude were one of indifference towards
the girl and what happens to her: "I do not care if I lose my daughter,
I could not care less who adopts her, or if she gets removed from her
Shouldn't Kambewa be given some sort of credit or recognition
for expressing interest in his daughter, now that he is aware he has one?
When one considers Madonna's questionable actions and
behavior concerning her previous adoption of David Banda, it should raise
concerns and suspicion in any other adoptions she attempts to make:
1. Anyone outside of Malawi wishing to adopt must
live in the nation for 18 months in a row. Madonna did not do this,
and, therefore, her adoption was not fully legal in that sense, despite
her and her legal team's spin to the contrary;
2. David's biological family, including Yohane Banda,
said that Madonna lied about some facts surrounding the case:
See for example, this article at the Irish
Examiner. Here is an excerpt:
Malawi-based Reuters correspondent Mabvuto Banda,
who has been reporting on the story, says: “Madonna claimed
[in a televised interview] that none of David’s family visited
him. This is not true.
And I wonder if she knew that the cloth she used
to tie the baby on her back when she danced at the orphanage belonged
to David’s grandmother, who was there at the time? She said,
‘If we didn’t care about this baby, why were we there?’
Where does Madonna think that the cloth she used came from? (Source)
3. News stories appeared mentioning that Madonna allegedly
bribed a Malawi adoption official, a Mr. Willard Manjolo (see Digital
4. Madonna did not even pick up the child herself:
she sent a staff member to pick David Banda up from Malawi.
Rather than spend David's first day in Britain with him, Madonna went
to the gym for a few hours. (An ex-staff member of hers said she devotes
more time to her exercise regimen than she does to parenting the children
she already has; see this
article from Contact Music.)
That Madonna would, according to those various news
sources, seemingly skirt the law, lie, and bribe should be signs to anyone
that she is not honest in how she handles adoptions.
(Money that was meant to go towards the Malawi charity
Madonna is affiliated with has not been accounted for, by the way: see
None of that information ever seems to factor into the
Madonna sympathizers' opinions, and I rarely, if ever, see any of them
metion those details in their articles about Mercy James.
Some of these Madonna defenders, such as the writer
Hot Again" (a Caitlin Moran?) wrongly
assume that Madonna is representive of all womankind everywhere for all
time. She is not.
To criticize Madonna is to criticize one individual
who happens to be a woman: it is not to criticize all women.
One wonders why some authors over-identify with Madonna
or hold her up as the symbol for every woman on the planet. I am a woman,
and Madonna certainly does not speak for me, nor does she represent me.
Huge Ego, Part 2
Battled With Rihanna To Wear Disastrous Costume Gala Outfit
The Material Girl decided her much-derided look was
worth fighting for...
Madonna and Rihanna reportedly fought over the Louis
Vuitton boots the Material Girl wore to the Costume Institute Gala on
According to insiders, the Umbrella singer
had planned to wear the thigh-high, PVC-look footwear but "but
Madonna wanted to wear them, and insisted that nobody else could be
seen or photographed in them."
The New York Post's source adds: "Madonna was
being so pushy, but Rihanna was fine with it."
Madonna wrote a letter for her ICON fan magazine and sent it to her fans.
I first spotted it on a Madonna fan site here.
This letter contains all sorts of funny mistakes.
I can only guess she must have been loopy from pain
killer medications after falling off that horse a couple of weeks ago.
Click on this small image of the letter on the lower
right to view the larger version:
Here are excerpts from the letter (with errors placed
in bold face type):
25 April 2009
I have already revealed that I use cinammon toothpaste
thanks to the Validator's up close and personal questions.
[Under part #1, "Sticky + Sweet- Part 2"]
....So stay tuned and do not believe rumors you might hear about other
2) Screenplay about the Duchess of Windsor...
What really interests me is their love story and why
I think she meant:
On May 4 or 5, Madonna attended the Costume Institute Gala in New York
in a stunningly horrid ensemble (pictured to the left; visit the Vogue
Gallery's "Tacky Fashion" album to view more photos
of this dress. See also: The
Bad Fashion thread at the Discussion Board for more.)
father [James Kambewa] questions Madonna’s morals
[Regarding dress Madonna wore to event]
Beckham, Kate Moss and Madonna in battle of the fashion flops
raises eybrows at the Costume Institute Gala
The worst offender appeared to be Madonna,
dressed in a garish 80s-inspired ensemble by Louis Vuitton.
The 50-year-old singer walked the red carpet in a navy
blue ruched mini dress with a puffed skirt, teamed with thigh-high black
boots and jewelled black fingerless gloves.
Her teal coloured hair piece was tied around a top
knot, making Madonna look more like a glamorous cleaning lady
than the fashion chameleon she usually is.
risque on day she appeals Malawian adoption
that really a suitable dress for someone trying to win an adoption case
Madonna out-wacky-chapeau Sarah Jessica Parker?
is Reviving the Scrunchie, Beware
Madonna's "hat" at the Met Costume Gala
Oscars Of Fashion: WTF????????? - Perez Hilton's site
Gets Unique at Costume Institute Gala
JONES: It's billed as the fashion 'Oscars'... so why did so many stars
get it SO wrong? [Editorial Criticizes Madonna's Clothing]
[Photo caption under Madonna photos:]
Doing the time warp: Madonna is either insane, or has dressed
like this as a joke. She's returned to her Eighties roots with
exposed bra, lace gloves, fabric in her hair... and the back
view's not much better [click
here to view back of Madonna's outfit]
[snip another Madonna in teal dress photo; caption
for this one reads:]
This outfit by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, in contrast to her Eighties
look, is a million times the price. Ghastly and undignified
This just days after James Kambewa, the man fighting
for paternal custody of the little Malawian girl she wants to adopt,
criticised the singer for her lewd appearance and lack of morals.
that glitters is not gold at fashion gala for New York celebs [criticizes
Biggest Hit-and-Misses of the Costume Institute Gala 2009-Madonna, Victoria
Beckham and Kate Moss, highly criticized for their outfit choices
looks ridiculous at the Costume Institute Gala in New York
Madge showed up at the Costume Institute Gala at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in an outfit that made
us question her sanity.
....The outfit was by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton,
so despite the hideous look; it still made a dent in
It was also a shock to see the mother-of-three baring so much
flesh after recent jibes about her lack of morals.
Girl Puts Boot Into Madonna's Fashion Style Sense
7th May 2009
By Nadine Linge
Fashion critics couldn’t wait to put the boot
in when Madonna stepped out to a fashion bash in kinky footwear.
In fact they [fashion critics] reckon she’s
[Madonna is] a shoe-in for worst outfit of the year.
With thigh-high boots, puffball minidress and bizarre
Mrs Mop headgear, Madonna grabbed attention for all the wrong
reasons at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art’s Costume Institute
Gala in New York.
Battled With Rihanna To Wear Disastrous Costume Gala Outfit
Be sure to scroll way down to a May 2009 update under April 2009 >
Baby Stealing to see the headlines where James Kambewa, Mercy's alleged
father, said that Madonna lacks good morals and should therefore not be
permitted to adopt Mercy James.
loses bid to adopt second Malawi child - Vancouver Sun
High Court rejects singer's application because
she is not a resident of the country
By Mabvuto Banda, Reuters, April 4, 2009
Madonna will not be allowed to adopt a second
child from Malawi, a four-year-old girl named Mercy James,
the African country's High Court ruled on Friday.
The ruling will please campaigners who say authorities
have given the pop star special treatment. Malawi's government, which
came under fire after Madonna adopted a 13-month-old Malawian boy, had
said on Thursday it would support a second adoption.
Court registrar Ken Manda told reporters the American
singer's bid to adopt Mercy had been rejected because she was
not a resident of Malawi.
....In her ruling, Judge Esimie Chombo warned against
celebrity adoptions because they could lead to child trafficking.
in Malawi as Madonna says Mercy still lives in poverty
May 3, 2009
Madonna has sparked anger in Malawi by criticising
an orphanage in legal papers as she bids to win her battle to adopt
a second African child.
....Court documents that will form the basis of the
action – seen by The Mail on Sunday – claim that the child
cannot be ‘suitably cared for’ in the African country.
....Last night pressure groups fighting to keep Mercy
in Malawi attacked the 50-year-old singer’s legal argument, saying
Madonna had previously supported the Kondanani orphanage.
....[Said Maxwell Matewere, from the children’s
rights group The Eye of the Child:] ‘But it is
disappointing to discover that Madonna’s current lifestyle as
a divorced woman and single parent, who appears semi-naked on stage
and has even been photographed on a cross, and is now consorting with
a boyfriend less than half her age, was never described during the original
....Madonna’s spokesman yesterday declined to
comment on the row.
Mercy - Top judge to throw out Madonna's adoption appeal
Madonna's hopes of adopting little Mercy James
are set to be finally crushed by a judge tomorrow.
....But yesterday officials at Malawi’s
Supreme Court said the country’s top judge, Lovemore Munlo, was
certain to dismiss her case when he heads a review panel.
In a further blow, Mercy’s dad, security guard
James Kambewa, 24, yesterday met her maternal family in the hope they
will back his custody bid.
....“I [James Kambewa] hope that we can unite
and fight this in the courts to see that it is so. I am Mercy’s
father and should be allowed to see my daughter.”
....James, previously thought to be dead, was tracked
down by the Sunday Mirror last month.
He [James, the father of Mercy] always believed
Mercy died alongside her mother in childbirth but now dreams of being
a proper dad and raising her in his township home.
Last week he applied for custody through Malawi’s
Human Rights Commission who will make a submission in court on his behalf.
James, who has yet to meet Mercy, is hopeful the two
families can work together to win custody of the girl, who is being
raised in an orphanage.
James said: “Everyone was emotional when the
two families met but we both want the best for Mercy – and
I am sure she should be with us and not Madonna.”
to Madonna: Don't Adopt My Daughter - US Magazine
father does not want Madonna to adopt her - AP via Yahoo
of African girl Madonna wants to adopt says he's never met the child but
can care for her
father of Mercy, child from Malawi Madonna hopes to adopt, says he wants
to raise her - NY Daily News
of Malawan girl rejects Madonna adoption - CBC
opposes Madonna adoption bid - Press Assoc via Yahoo
To Madonna: Don't Adopt My Girl - CBS
In "Early Show" World Exclusive,
Malawian Man Thought To Be Her Father Explains His Reasons For Opposing
May 2, 2009
The Malawian man thought to be the biological father
of a four-year-old girl Madonna hopes to adopt says he's opposed
....In an Early Show world exclusive, James
Kambewa tells correspondent Priya David, "I want to take care of
her and I'm capable to take care of my baby. ... Mercy, she is a Malawian
-- so (I) need her to grow as a Malawian, as well with our culture."
Lucy Chekechiwa, Mercy’s maternal grandmother,
says she remains conflicted about the matter, telling David the orphanage
has been determined. “I did not want my granddaughter to be adopted,”
she says, “but because they have been persistent enough, I have
been forced to let my granddaughter go."
to Madonna: Don't Have Mercy - E! Online
girl's dad doesn't want Madonna adoption
May 6, 2009 Additions •••••
adoption case adjourned
Court Puts Off Madonna Appeal
adoption ruling postponed indefinitely
risque on day she appeals Malawian adoption
May 5, 2009
Yesterday Malawi’s highest court heard arguments
on Madonna’s attempt to adopt Mercy James. The case has been adjourned
and a date for the next session has not yet been set.
Madonna was not at Monday’s hearing at the Malawi
Supreme Court of Appeal, which, AP says, was held in public after the
judges reversed an earlier decision to hold a closed session.
Instead she was seen posing in a design by Louis Vuitton,
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala “The
Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” in New York.
Now I think she looked fabulous, considering she is
But she is trying to adopt a child from a country with
a very conservative dress code.
It is no longer a formal dress code but as this travel
guide says “it is well to remember that Malawian are very conventional,
even conservative, people.”
Not so sure whether this outfit will help her case
in Malawi. Will the judges understand that this is fashion as art, or
art as fashion?
that really a suitable dress for someone trying to win an adoption case
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:32 PM on 05th May 2009
In the midst of her custody battle with the Malawian
High Court, Madonna stepped out last night in an ill-advised outfit
at the star-studded Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Ball
The self-proclaimed Material Girl appeared to lack
plenty of the aforementioned substance as her Louis Vuitton mini
dress and thigh-high boots showed off the tops of her thighs, her muscular
arms and plenty of décolletage.
But was that really the outfit for someone
who is currently battling a high-profile adoption case?
[Their photo caption for photo linked to above reads:]
Queen of arrogance: Madonna stepped
out last night in this bizarre outfit despite being
in the midst of an adoption battle with the Malawian authorities.
....Instead, she wore an outfit that breached
the limits of vulgarity, and displayed her typically arrogant thinking.
And not only that, in another move which may
not help her case, she also chose the high-profile fashion event to
début her romance with model Jesus Luz, who at 22 years old is
28 years her junior.
father [James Kambewa] questions Madonna’s morals
May 6, 2009
The mini-dress and bunny-ear ensemble Madonna unveiled
at the Metropolitan Museum Art’s annual Costume Institute Gala
earned the queen of pop more than just a top spot on many worst-dressed
It also earned her the ire of James Kambewa,
the man who claims to be the father of the Malawian orphan Madonna hopes
“I cannot imagine how this woman can
want to be the mother of my Mercy,” Kambewa told the Daily Star.
“This can’t be a woman of 50. A teenage woman would feel
ashamed in that gear.”
According to Kambewa, who has yet to meet his alleged
daughter, Madonna’s racy wear revealed as much about her morals
as it did her taste in fashion.
“A woman is supposed to be a role model for her
daughters,” Kambewa insisted. “What morals can a
woman of 50 have, who has no qualms in showing her delicate parts and
displaying herself like that in front of her children?”
dressing may cost her Malawian kid adoption bid
May 10, 2009 Additions •••••
Orphanage in "Cash for Kids" Probe
10 May 2009
Madonna's bid to adopt a baby girl from an
African orphanage has been rocked by a cash-for-care scandal at the
The uncle of a two-year-old told a court in Malawi
a couple who want to adopt his niece had offered him money.
It was also claimed Teresa Misomali had been
illegally advertised for adoption on the internet while living at the
Kondanani Children's Village.
Madonna, 50, is trying to adopt Mercy James, three,
from the same orphanage. But James Kambewa - who says he is Mercy's
real dad - has vowed to fight the singer's bid.
And he is convinced Teresa's case will help him when
judges rule this week on Madonna's plea to adopt Mercy.
Huge Ego, Part 1
This story first appeared under the April 2009 section
Whiskey for My Men, 10 Page List of Demands for My Horses
I’ll admit. Madonna flat out scares me. Old
people in general freak me out. They are like children…ok from
a reasonable distance. So it doesn’t surprise me when the Hamptons
did welcome granny and her 10 page list of
demands with open arms.
“A couple of weekends ago, Madonna, who recently
signed a contract for a townhouse on East 81st Street, stayed at the
beautiful Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack. But our sources
report she wasn’t interested in buying the 12,000-square-foot,
Tuscan-style villa and 100 acres, which have been on the market since
the winery’s well-liked founder, Christian Wolffer, died in
a freak boating accident in Brazil on New Year’s Eve —
she just wanted to board her horses at the winery’s stables.
Madonna then presented the estate with a
10-page list of demands, according to our source. Among the
stipulations were that “no one could be in the riding ring at
the same time she was. It was laughable. They turned her down
Even her horses are the epitome of ego and high maintenance.
Those ponies probably have it better than most of us. I bet they get
to eat gold and ride other flying ponies while having their hooves done
by monks who have taken an oath to Countness Crotchula.
Auctions / Collectibles / Fashion
Nobody bidded on a dress Madonna wore in a 1985 music video, ha ha ha!
Car, Banksy Vandal on Sale; Madonna Dress Unsold
By Scott Reyburn
The strapless dress that Madonna wore in the
video for her 1985 hit “Material Girl” failed to sell tonight
at an auction in London.
The costume, inspired by the fuchsia strapless number
that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing “Diamonds Are
A Girl’s Best Friend” in the 1953 movie “Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes,” was expected to fetch up to 80,000 pounds, according
to the Fame Bureau, an auction house specializing in rock and pop memorabilia.
Bidding stopped at 48,000 pounds.
The pink satin 1950s-style costume was one of five
Madonna- related items being sold by Marquee Capital Ltd. The London-
based company started in May 2007 has aimed to amass “the world’s
largest portfolio of investment-grade Madonna and non- Madonna memorabilia.”
Health / Horse Fall
Injured in Horse Tumble - BBC
suffers minor injuries in fall from horse - Reuters
falls from horse - CNN Intl
hurt falling from horse - UPI
Madonna Lie About Horse Fall?
[Photographer] Calls Madonna's Camp Liars
is a fame-seeking, ego-maniac. And a liar, too!
Hospitalized Following Horseplay, Blames Paparazzi - E! Online
[Photographer] says Madonna is a Liar
Say Madonna's Paparazzi Story Is False
Takes a Fall, Blames Someone Else
Blames Paps for Tumble from Horse - Washington Post
Blames Paparazzi For Horse Fall
Blames Paparazzi For Falling Off Horse
Say Madonna Horse Story Is Bogus
April 20, 2009
Cops who took the report about Madonna falling
off a horse over the weekend doubt the singer's story that a paparazzo
jumped out of the bushes and spooked the horse.
The cops say no one from Madonna's camp said
anything about a photog causing the mishap.
Sgt. Herbert Johnson from the Southampton Village P.D.
tells us: "There is no mention of photographers. It's a
matter of spin control that went out of control. If they felt there
was something else, they would have written 'paparazzi' in the form
-- if they felt there was a problem."
Don't Blame Paps for Madonna Spill
kicks back in Madonna horse fall row
Report Tarnishes Madonna's Horse Story
fall: Photographers 'not to blame' - from a site called Amateur Photographer
horse story full of holes? - Toronto Star
accident claims denied by paparazzo
No paparazzi mentioned in Madonna accident report
Proclaims Innocence in Madonna Horse Accident
Says He Wasn't Responsible For Madonna Accident
refutes Madonna publicist's stalking claims
Says Madonna's Horse Story is Horse Poo
Madonna Horsing Around With The Truth?
denies his role in Madonna's riding accident
Hospitalized After Fall From Horse In Hamptons - The Insider
Released from Hospital After Horse Accident
feeling “better” after horseriding fall
'Better' After Accident
museum wants Madonna to guarantee decency during concert
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, located on
the square where Madonna is to sing during her summer Sweet and Sticky
tour, has demanded that the artist ruled out any blasphemous
acts from her show.
“We want guarantees that there will be no blasphemy
at Dvortsovaya Square,” RIA Novosti quoted Hermitage director
Mikhail Piotrovsky as saying Wednesday.
....The city authorities earlier called Madonna's
concert in the city a
disaster and sought to ban the show.
Charity / Donations
Will Roger Friedman of FOX news discover that all the money Madonna "vowed,"
"promised," and "pledged" to donate to Italian earthquake
victims never actually reached them?
It is my opinion that the pledge to help Italian earthquake
victims is suspicious: it's taking place around the same time that Madonna
is having her lawyers appeal the judge's decision over her attempt at
adopting a girl in Malawi. I think she pledged this money just to look
good, to impress the judge in Malawi.
If Madonna is supposedly such a "savvy business
woman," why did she pledge funds to the wrong city?
Sends Earthquake Aid to Wrong Italian City?
Unfortunately, Madonna has donated her money
to a town that was not actually in the quake zone.
....It’s always difficult to decide whether celebrities
should be commended for doing good deeds, or whether they’re only
being generous in return for good publicity.
In this case, it will be interesting to see
whether Madonna’s good deed will help her win favor with the courts
in Malawi which denied her bid to adopt Mercy James last week.
saves Pacento, Italy - from what?
Madonna donates £340,000 in the aftermath of
the Aquila earthquake. Pity Pacento is one of the few places in the
region that didn't need help, says Oliver Marre
Poor Madonna only seems to be in the news when things
are going wrong. First, looking ludicrous, strapped to a cross or whatever.
Then a big, messy divorce. And most recently, a failed bid to take another
So it seems about time to note a very good thing connected
to her. I am not thinking only about the £340,000 she donated
to her grandmother's hometown in Italy, Pacento in Abruzzo, but also
of the fact that Pacento is one of the few towns in the region which
has not been devastated by the Aquila earthquake.
Madonna promises $500,000 for quake relief
But Rosa Napoli, 90, was less than approving.
"She [Madonna the pop singer] is a woman that men like. She is
not the Madonna that is worshipped in church," Napoli said as she
left a small church where she attended an evening Mass.
Scroll down to the "Charity" section under
March 2009 to see the "Madonna's Missing Millions"
story, or click
here to view it
Day for Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation
by Gina Serpe
It's just not shaping up to be Madonna's day.
In the wake of a judge's assurances that her heart—if
not her residency—was in the right place in a rejected bid to
adopt a second Malawi child comes word that the Queen of Pop's
Ray of Light Foundation has been deemed "delinquent" by the
state of California.
The foundation, created in 1998, had a pristine record
for more than a decade before being cited by the attorney general's
.... Tax forms the foundation most recently filed with
the IRS—which grabbed headlines last year for its curious
omission of selected donor charities—have been removed
from GuideStar, the publicly accessed website that includes all registered
The 990 forms first came to light late last
year and contained several embarrassing revelations, including that
Madonna's foundation sent a whopping zero dollars to her Raising Malawi
charity and donated no funds whatsoever to any charities working with
or in the impoverished nation.
Madonna's rep is denying this story (see this
page for the denial).
told to take a ride
April 30, 2009 --
Madonna is dead set on the Hamptons this summer --
but Hamptonites aren't exactly thrilled with her.
A couple of weekends ago, Madonna, who recently signed
a contract for a townhouse on East 81st Street, stayed at the beautiful
Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack.
But our sources report she wasn't interested in buying
the 12,000-square-foot, Tuscan-style villa and 100 acres, which have
been on the market since the winery's well-liked founder, Christian
Wolffer, died in a freak boating accident in Brazil on New Year's Eve
-- she just wanted to board her horses at the winery's stables.
Madonna then presented the estate with a 10-page
list of demands, according to our source. Among the stipulations were
that "no one could be in the riding ring at the same time she was.
It was laughable. They turned her down flat."
Slams and Put Downs
And Saunders slam Madonna
April 27, 2009
Comedy duo French and Saunders have taken a
dig at Madonna for refusing to appear on their show.
Fresh from receiving their Bafta Fellowship Award to
honour their 30 year partnership, the pair revealed backstage that Madonna
was the only star who never agreed to feature in one of their sketches.
"It's her loss, that's the way we've looked at
it," said French.
From a Britney Spears concert review:
Riff: Britney's toxic wasted club
By Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Last update: April 12, 2009
.... Most of the legions of young women at the show
were old enough to smoke, but too young to know Madonna as anything
other than that crazy old lady who adopts babies.
Bill O'Reilly named Madonna a Pin Head in his "Pin
Head or Patriot" segment of his show a night or two ago (on April
O'Reilly on Madonna: Pin Head or Patriot?
Pinhead front: our pal Madonna in Africa trying to
adopt another [child]--[she's] already adopted one African child and
now seeks to get another.
But she's getting criticism for her wardrobe.
Reports say her Chanel track suit cost about 2800 hundred dollars [$2,800]
here to read track suit story]- that would be a year's salary for
Because she did not die as a result of this accident,
and because she did not get seriously injured (say, permanently paralyzed
or something), I feel comfortable laughing at the following story:
Madonna has injured herself after "flying
off" a treadmill in Malawi.
The 50-year-old singer twisted her ankle yesterday
when she fell off the running machine, which she had flown to Malawi
to keep her fit while waiting trying to adopt a second African child.
A worker at the Kumbali Lodge Hotel - where
the star and her children Lourdes (12) Rocco (8) and three-year-old
David are staying - said: "There was a bang and she came suddenly
flying off the back of the running machine. She looked hurt."
The attempt at kidnapping a second African kid, Chifundu James (whose
name translates as "Mercy"), has failed!
••• There are many updates
in this section; you'll have to scroll down quite a way to see them all
court rejects Madonna's adoption request
tells Madonna adoption rules can't be bent to suit
04 April 2009
By CLAIRE SMITH and JENNY HAWORTH
....Madonna was told she would not be allowed
to take Chifundu James – whose name translates as Mercy –
out of the southern African country. The judge expressed fears it could
set a precedent for child trafficking if the pop star was allowed to
adopt the little girl.
Judge Esme Chondo said that allowing the 50-year-old
to adopt the girl could encourage illegal trafficking of other children
in Malawi, where there are an estimated one million orphans.
Following a closed hearing the court released a judgment
that said: "Put simply courts do make law by the process of precedence
and Miss Madonna may not be the only international person interested
in adopting the so-called poor children of Malawi."
"By removing the safeguard that is supposed to
protect our children, the courts by their pronouncements could actually
facilitate trafficking of children by some unscrupulous individuals,"
it read. "Anyone could come and quickly arrange an adoption that
might have grave consequences on the children that the law seeks to
"Having considered this I must decline to grant
the application for the adoption of the infant CJ."
Court registrar Ken Manda told reporters the application
to adopt the girl had been rejected because the singer was not a resident
There had been complaints by civil rights lawyers
in Malawi that Madonna was trying to 'fast-track' the adoption process
and was contravening a rule that a person wishing to adopt a child in
the country must have been resident there for between 18 and 24 months.
[snip Madona's pathetic defense of her own view point]
....However, Anna Feuchtwang, chief executive
of children's charity EveryChild, welcomed the judgment.
She said: "High-profile adoptions send
out the wrong message. More emphasis needs to be placed on the valuable
work being done to support vulnerable families to stay together.
"This may be less glamorous than international
adoption by pop stars but it is the only viable solution to provide
safe and secure homes for all of Africa's children."
A spokesman for development agency Plan said:
"Whisking a single child off to a fairy-tale lifestyle in Hollywood
is not something we condone. We endorse keeping children within their
community wherever possible, where there is often extended family nearby."
He added: "We believe a better way for
[Madonna] to help would be to act as a champion of change and use her
celebrity status to influence government and businesses to ensure a
better life for the country's children. That way all Malawi's children
-More links about Madonna's second adoption attempt
having failed are below these editorials and news stories:
deserves jeers not cheers for her irrational exuberance
Here's a very long excerpt from the above link:
by Tolu Olorunda | Posted April 1, 2009 8:53 AM
"I've never been treated more disrespectfully
as a woman than by the Black men that I've dated."
-- Madonna, Spin Magazine, 1996.
"Once I read an interview with Madonna where
she talked about her envy of black culture, where she stated that she
wanted to be black as a child. It is a sign of white privilege to be
able to "see" blackness and black culture from a standpoint
where only the rich culture of opposition black people have created
in resistance marks and defines us...
Those Madonna fans who are determined to see her
as politically progressive might ask themselves why it is she completely
endorses those racist/sexist/classist stereotypes that almost always
attempt to portray marginalized groups as "defective."
-- bell hooks, "Madonna: Plantation Mistress or
It's hard to disagree with Earl Ofari Hutchinson, but
on this count I'm forced to. As one who favors his political insight,
it's a thrill to have him put words together on the brouhaha concerning
Madonna's decision to adopt another Malawi orphan ("Madonna deserves
cheers not jeers for casting light on Africa's orphan misery,"
The Daily Voice).
Bro. Hutchinson is convinced that the Human Rights
Consultative Committee is simply using Madonna as a scapegoat, in its
complaints over her refusal to follow proper protocol, in the adoption
process. I respectfully disagree.
And it is imperative that I put my contention in proper
context, before explaining it.
When I heard about the Madonna incident, the first
thoughts to graze the inner walls of my intellect was how little had
changed, since her countless questionable remarks on Blackness, in the
'90s. Black people, for her [for Madonna], seem to be nothing
but objects in demand of pity and tolerance--white liberalism.
Hollywood elites have been most vicious in supporting
and perpetuating this feed the children sensibility--a notion built
on the premise that all that is needed to restore Africa (and Africans)
to its former glory is the kindness of "good" white people,
and the mercies of their Almighty Dollars.
....Another current in the Madonna firestorm is the
issue of a cultural or racial gap between her and the potential adoptee.
....Most of us are familiar with stories told by relatives,
friends, colleagues, or even, siblings, that reveal some sad truths
embedded in the racial politics of foster homes.
Tales of White parents who abuse, and humiliate their
Black adopted children are not rare.
Those who don't suffer abuse might not necessarily
benefit, as they, often, come to lose their hybrid--Black--identity,
and, progressively, begin to emulate the Eurocentric ideals found dominant
in their homes.
Last I checked, Madonna hasn't exactly held
Black life, culture, aesthetic, and heritage to the highest standard.
That's not good news.
....True as it may be, the old saying that charity
ain't justice rings louder than ever.
Shelling-out pocket-change in African countries
begins to lose its moral flavor, when a blatant disregard for those
countries' sovereign laws and customs is elegantly displayed.
To put it bluntly, it's hard to accept her
philanthropic services as noble, when Madonna has revealed herself as
another pompous, obnoxious European, who finds no importance in heeding
the sacrosanct traditions of the country she seeks to adopt a child
from. Doing this, I'm afraid, only yields more credibility
to the indigenous organizations arguing against her case.
I hate to say it, but there are better, and
more constructive, ways for Madonna to channel her excessive popularity
and prowess, than the adoption of colored children. It borderlines on
obsession, after a while (Angelina Jolie-esque?).
It becomes less appreciated, and more suspicious, when
one can comfortably overlook the financial oppression Black, and other
indigenous, people in America are afflicted by, and would rather genuflect
to countries far beyond one's reach, to "save" a child's life.
If charity begins at home, justice should, as well.
To make it plain: Madonna's Like a Virgin
disposition fails to impress me.
Adoption Bid Is Denied in Malawi
in Malawi denies Madonna adoption
court rejects Madonna bid to adopt second child - The Guardian
no Mercy for Madonna as court blocks adoption - The Independent
Adoption Bid Rejected In Malawi - MTV.com
Court Bars New Madonna Adoption
Court Denies Mercy to Madonna; Singer Files Appeal - E! Online
adoption request thwarted - UPI
fails in second Malawi adoption bid - NME
Fails in Bid to Adopt Second Malawian Child, AP Reports
criticised on adoption bid
April 1, 2009 -
Madonna has been accused of using her fame
to bully her way into adopting another Malawian child.
A coalition of rights workers issued a statement
criticising the singer's attempt as a court decided it would rule on
Friday whether to grant it.
"We feel Madonna is behaving like a bully,"
said Undule Mwakusungura, chairman of the country's Human Rights Consultative
"She has the money and the status to use
her profile to manipulate, to fast-track the process."
The 50-year-old pop star spent about an hour in court
in the Malawi capital of Lilongwe applying to be the legal guardian
of four-year-old Chifundo James, whose name means "Mercy"
in a local language.
The girl's father is believed to be alive but no other
details were available.
....Children's advocacy groups have accused
Madonna of wielding her wealth and influence to circumvent a Malawian
law requiring an 18- to 24-month assessment period before adoption.
best raised in their own environment, charity says - CNN
Madonna, "The child trafficker"
LILONGWE, 1 April 2009 (IRIN) ....The Malawi
Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), an umbrella body of local
human rights NGOs, is arguing that in Madonna's case, wealth and fame
have applied a different yardstick for adoption, while the
laws governing the issue remain as opaque as they were in 2006.
"In absence of clear laws and procedures, this
process of adoption amounts to nothing but child trafficking,"
HRCC's national coordinator, Mavuto Bamusi, told IRIN.
Malawian law prohibits non-nationals from adopting
a local child unless they have been resident in the country for at least
"She [Madonna] must follow procedure.
She is simply using her profile and money to manipulate the process.
We should not be seen to be legalizing child trafficking," Bamusi
....Chimwemwe Chisi, a father of two living in Malawi's
second city, Blantyre, told IRIN that foreigners jet in and break the
laws in the name of trying to help the orphaned and the poor.
"I am not being indifferent, but government should
not be applying double standards in this case. How special is
Madonna that she bends the rules and gets away with it? Just like anyone
else, she must follow the laid-down procedure," he said.
Clearly, Madonna is not taking David Banda to visit
his biological father enough if he cannot and does not even recognize
who the man is:
son [David Banda] didn't recognise dad
Madonna's three-year-old adopted son doesn't
recognise his biological father.
David - who has been living with Madonna since
2006 - was reunited with his dad Yohane Banda in Malawi on Monday and
asked: "Who are you?"
Yohane was also left shocked after learning they would
need an interpreter to communicate because David has forgotten his native
He said: "He asked me in English who I was and
what I do. When I told him, 'I am your daddy,' he looked surprised.
"We spent three hours together. He played with
my nose and although he did not know who I was he asked me lots of questions.
"David is quite chatty and intelligent. He asked
whether I ride horses but I told him horses are for the rich. He asked
me why I am poor."
April 7, 2009 Additions •••••
of Madonna Orphan [Mercy] Surfaces, Wants to Support Child
First, the long-missing father of 3-year-old
Mercy James, the child Madonna would like to make her own, has surfaced
– and he claims he wants to be a part of his daughter's life.
The young man, James Kambewa, tells
PEOPLE he didn't even know his daughter was alive until her name surfaced
in the Madonna adoption case. Now a security guard, Kambewa says he
learned the girl's mother, 15-year-old Mwandida Maunde, had died –
and assumed their child was dead too.
'Willing to Support Her'
"Now that I know [Chifundo, also known as Mercy] is alive I am
willing to support her," Kambewa says. He and Maunde were both
high school students when they conceived the child. "Her parents
were furious that I had messed up their daughter. They caused hell for
me so I left town," says Kambewa.
for the Malawians Who Stood Up To Madonna
How shaming that it takes a poor country in Africa
to show it's still possible to put ethics before wealth
By Catherine Bennett
Apr 5 2009
....Three years ago, a similar court waived the rules,
allowing her to adopt her first child from Malawi, David.
He is now three and unable to communicate with
his biological father, with whom it had been intended he should keep
At their first reunion, of which pictures were
distributed to the media, the boy's first words: "Who are you?"
were spoken through a translator.
Madonna's commitment to "an ongoing relationship
with David's Malawian roots" has not, her critics noticed, extended
to employing a nanny who could speak to him in the language spoken by
his birth family and prospective sister.
It is not clear what deterred the court from waiving
the rules on this occasion.
Even if David had been able to tell his father, in
Chichewa, that "kabbalah explains that reincarnation is an integral
part of understanding our universe", it might not have mollified
critics who pointed out that Chifundo, like David, has living
family members. With a little help, they could have
raised the girl within Malawi.
Save the Children was more bothered by a personal
selection process which appears to be based on surveying the contents
of orphanages funded by Raising Malawi, a charity Madonna co-founded
with senior members of the kabbalah enterprise. "What Madonna
is doing is verging on a puppy parade," said a spokesman. "People
like her are looking for the most beautiful child."
Even those who agree, on principle, that a
child such as Chifundo deserves better than an orphanage have objected
that a 50-year-old, acrimoniously divorced, single mother of three with
issues on ageing, who is often absent and is sustained by a spiritual
organisation that is held in contempt by a large number of people, would
be unlikely, in normal circumstances, to have her adoption approved.
In Britain, after all, you can be ruled out for being
too fat, too sad or too rich.
Now, with Malawian justice done, you wonder about the
effect on four-year-old Chifundo, of her temporary membership of the
With luck, neither she nor her almost-brother David
will remember much.
As for Madonna, for whom this may be the first significant
snub since she was a child, we can entrust her to the kabbalistic masters:
"Any pain, disappointment or chaos that exists in our lives is
not because this is how life is meant to be, but only because we have
not yet finished the work that brought us here."
Even so, you wonder if Madonna will ever regret
wearing that first adoption outfit, a simple Chanel sweatpant affair
with tastefully muted logo, priced by tracksuit experts at £2,000.
Or question her decision to travel in a Gulfstream
jet which carried not only her three children and other pre-adoption
essentials, but her personal trainer, Josh.
Either way, the trip might have been designed
to illustrate Samuel Johnson's remark to the effect that "the insolence
of wealth will creep out".
If this casual ostentation did not tell against
her, perhaps it should have done.
Leave aside the particular case of Chifundo
James: how seriously can the public take Madonna's exhortations to give
generously for school uniforms, books and the provision of kabbalistic
guidance at her various institutions when this single trip probably
burned up enough money for another academy?
She must know, from previous visits, roughly
how many school dresses you can buy in Malawi or, even, how
many people's eyesight might be restored for the combined cost of her
adoption-friendly leisurewear, a week's worth of personal trainer and
a whole-entourage outing to Africa by private jet.
In The Life You Can Save, his new book on
the moral imperative to give, Peter Singer puts the cost of saving a
life at somewhere between $200 and the price of Madonna's tracksuit.
Singer accepts that wealthy people have every right
to spend their money on themselves.
"We might say that the rich have the right to
spend their money on lavish parties, Patek Philippe watches, private
jets, luxury yachts and space travel or, for that matter, to flush
wads of it down the toilet." The rest of us may also choose to
spend, more modestly, on luxuries. "But we could still think,"
writes Singer, "that to choose to do these things rather than
use the money to save human lives is wrong, shows a deplorable lack
of empathy and means you are not a good person."
In reality, the obscene spending of the super-rich
is customarily received with indifference or admiration. Hardly anyone
expects the world's Rooneys, Deripaskas, Cowells, even Goodwins, to
spend their preposterous earnings on anything but cars, holidays, houses
and other varieties of shameless tat.
Relative to this, as Singer points out, Madonna's doing
well, even if Raising Malawi consumes an unspecified fraction
of her £300m fortune and doubles as a teaching vehicle for kabbalah.com.
(Funds have been spent, for instance, flying
teachers to the US to train them in techniques that will help pupils
in Malawi to recognise their "inner opponent".)
From an African perspective, it looks a bit different.
Though western criticism focused last week on Madonna's
selection of Chifundo out of all the world's deserving orphans, the
Malawi-based Human Rights Consultative Committee chose to concentrate,
with a lack of gratitude that must have startled their kabbalistic donors,
on the visiting philanthropist's faith in money to get what she wants.
The committee's national co-ordinator, Mavuto
Bamusi, described Madonna as "a bully":
"She has money, she has status, she is using her profile to manipulate
Of course, Madonna has just as much right to spend
her money on jets, Chanel tracksuits and a fourth child as she does
on anything else. No doubt the fortunate infant, when it is brought
home, will want for nothing.
But we can still look at Madonna's humanitarian
circus and marvel at how little is expected, ethically and materially,
of the charitable mega-rich. Except, as of last week, in Malawi.
Posted on April 4th, 2009
by Nancy Reyes in African News
Adoption is about childless couples getting children,
Adoption is about a child without a family getting
a stable, permenant family to care for him or her.
It’s better for a rich person to adopt
a child than to let them live in poverty, right?
The “cure” for poverty is…money,
not adoption. In the case of poor children, often the extended family
takes them in, despite the financial hardship, to raise.
Another belief is that a stable, rich, middle
class home is better for kids than keeping them with poor relatives,
such as elderly grandmothers or aunts.
Kids need roots,and keeping in touch with family
Some adopted children, who know they have relatives,
but are taken in by strangers, they often start thinking they are “no
good” or that the “evil” mother “stole”
them from their family.
A friend of mine went through hell when her kid became
a teenager started acting out because his only memory of his father
was saying goodbye to the man at the airport. In this case, the boy’s
mother was dead, and his beloved father had placed him for adoption
when he developed terminal cancer. But children don’t understand
Which brings up another point: It is best to
keep the children in the same culture, race, and religion.
All of these are again part of a child’s
There was a minor scandal in the US after the TV show
“Different Strokes” came out. The show inspired many couples
to adopt “cute” black kids. Black social workers intervened.
Often these kids had families or close family friends who were willing
to take them in, but the white social workers turned them down for being
single, or not having enough bedrooms.
A similar change in adoption policies of Native American
children was implemented by most tribal councils.
As a result, most adoption agencies stopped inter-racial
placement, except for hard to place children.
So does that mean that I oppose adoptions, or oppose
adoptions from other cultures?
No, because I did adopt two sons from overseas. But
my sons were given to me because keeping them together was more important
for the boys, and older, school aged children are hard to place.
It helped that I spoke Spanish and had lived overseas,
and was Catholic (my older son insisted on a Catholic home).
But in adoption, the first option should be
family members. Programs that help fund the child’s expenses often
allow these children to be cared for at home.
The second option is adoption by a local family, so
that the child stays near his roots.
The third option is adoption in a stable two parent
family from a different culture, including overseas placement, especially
for infants and small children who do best in a family environment.
Option number four is local foster families: Many third
world countries have group homes with trained parents to raise these
Option number five is adoption by a single parent.
This includes gay adoption and adoption by divorced persons (in countries
that allow this option), but the parent has to be checked for stability
and the possibility of marriage with a person who would not accept the
Option number six is an institution such as an orphanage.
These give good “care” but not the personal love needed
by children to thrive, and is only an option because option number seven
is having the child live on the streets supporting himself by odd jobs,
including petty crime.
Most street kids–and in many countries, many
children in orphanages– are not “orphans” but runaways
or abandoned by families, or who fled abuse in their homes, and who
prefer life on the street to a bad home situation.
In the Philippines alone, there are a million and a
half street kids.
It should, however, be noted that in poor countries,
often parents place children in orphanages as a temporary placement
when food is lacking.
For example, in Africa, baby formula is expensive,
and cows to milk rare. So if a mom dies, either a relative nurses the
baby, or you place it in an orphanage, or it dies.
One major scandal was that Madonna’s first child
had a family who placed him for such care, but was adopted away by her.
Never mind that he had a family.
Madonna’s defenders saw the orphanage
placement as “not wanting the child” when the reality was
that the child would have died without placement. Similarly, her defenders
criticized the father’s quick remarriage, when poverty means that
an unmarried father has no way to care for even his older children.
The first adoption by Madonna became a scandal: it
had all the appearances of “rich lady” adopts “poor
black child” from loving family.
So it is no wonder that this time around, the courts
turned her down.
Finally, most countries want their children adopted
into stable families: few countries would allow the adoption by a recently
divorced single mother.
This isn’t to say that a single or divorced mom
can’t adopt and raise a child, but that most countries would insist
a waiting period after a divorce before adoption…especially
for a mom who has had multiple marriages and whose sexual antics on
stage would make many conservative Africans blush.
Another problem is age: Madonna is 50, and
many adoption agencies (not Malawi but other countries) will not place
a very young child with a parent more than 40 or 45 years.
So what is the alternative?
Well, with a fraction of her airline ticket,
she could support an orphan with a local family for a year.
The kid won’t wear designer clothing and have
his or her own personal nanny, but he will be loved and cared for.
Sorry, I just don’t think that adopting
matched black kids is a nice way to get publicity.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.
She has two adopted boys from Colombia, now adults.
Mercy that Madonna's adoption plan failed
Apr 5 2009 by Sally Bailey, Wales On Sunday
Now, I am not a huge fan of Madonna.
I interviewed her once and she was so rude
she made me cry, so I suppose I’m least disposed to give
her a good press.
But her latest bid to adopt another child from
Malawi has left me cold.
Yes, she was trying to adopt a child and, yes, it would
be a wonderful thing to do, to bring up an adopted child in your own
family, changing their life.
There is, I suppose, little doubt Mercy would have
benefited from growing up with the “Grandmother of
She would have had a good education and not
have wanted for anything financially.
But love and time is what children want and
Now I’m not suggesting that Madge wouldn’t
have given her love, but how much actual time would she have
to give to these children in between her global career and her obsessive
There was also the issue of little Mercy’s
extended family, who were clearly distraught about the adoption application,
and even went so far as to say they felt their “adorable little
girl” is being stolen from them”.
After hearing that who would possibly want
to pursue the adoption?
Madonna also has a three-year-old Malawian
boy called David, and promised she would keep him in contact with his
family. But David has only just seen his father again for the first
time this week and he didn’t even know who he was.
I wanted to feel that Madge would have put Mercy first,
but I can only breathe a sigh of relief at Judge Esmie Chondo’s
decision to reject the pop star’s application.
right to prevent Madonna's African adoption
....In a court hearing on Friday, her request was denied
because of concerns that facilitating international adoption may open
the door to child trafficking.
Madge has appealed. Nevertheless, I applaud
the court's wisdom.
To recap, Madge's eldest is Lourdes, offspring
of a coupling with her personal trainer (that's some powerful ab crunching).
Then there's Rocco, Madonna's son with ex-hubby
Guy Ritchie, who will be picking his boy up from school by
private jet from now on.
Third came David Banda, 3 -- a souvenir from
an orphanage in Malawi. Sadly for Madge, it seems the stocktake
sale ended there.
You'd think it's Madonna's own business how she acquires
her children, but much controversy has surrounded this attempted adoption
and that of David Banda's, for the same reason -- there's something
fishy about the whole thing.
.... But we're talking about adoption of orphans,
as in children who have no living relatives. Not children who are placed
in care facilities out of financial desperation.
David's father is still alive. Mercy has relatives
to care for her, if they were financially able. Wouldn't it be far preferable
for someone to assist them in that, rather than taking Mercy miles away
from her home and culture? Someone like a filthy rich, leather-faced,
albeit enviably fit, Queen of Pop?
....And certainly don't go jumping queues in front
of other less famous applicants who have spent longer on waiting lists.
Celebrities already get a better deal with the Hermes
Birkin Tangerine Crocodile Handbag. Until they start handing out infants
in the Oscars goodie bag, can we keep adoption a level playing field?
You can't argue with the difference in quality of life
for David. But I'm not even sure a life in Madonna's household
is a healthy one.
To grow up in the paparazzi spotlight, constantly
surrounded by security, raised by butlers, cooks and nannies, to be
"prioritised" below their mother's three-hour workout each
day, to subsist on tasteless macro-biotic organic food and
have their indigenous culture replaced by crazy red-string wearing Kabbalahists.
Surely that's child abuse.
at Madonna's Malawi adoption attempt
By Tom Parry
on Apr 6, 09
Madonna's visit to Malawi under the auspices of taking
home a sister for little David Banda stirred up a hornet's nest of controversy.
The notion that one of the world's most recognised
celebrities can cherry-pick the cutest toddler at an orphanage and then
automatically adopt rightly appalls couples who struggle for years for
the privilege of bringing a child into their family home.
Now Guardian journalist Marina Hyde has written
a book on the "hypocrisy" of celebrities who whisk their entourage
off to the developing world before scurrying back to promoting their
latest blockbuster movie or world tour.
On Radio 4's Start The Week she railed against
the absurdity of actress Sharon Stone commenting she would kiss anyone
in the Middle East to bring peace to the region while sharing a press
conference with Shimon Peres.
Her book Celebrity: How Entertainers Took
Over The World And Why We Need An Exit Strategy seems an appropriate
riposte to the blanket sympathetic coverage stars sometimes get for
their ego trips to poverty-stricken lands.
Apply to Madonna, Too
by JIM PAYETTE
April 7, 2009
Ottawa -- Madonna is not being denied the opportunity
to adopt a Malawian child (A Malawian Moment - letters, April 6).
She is being denied the opportunity to circumvent
the due process to which everyone who is not a megarich Western pop
star must submit in order to take charge of another human life.
It is this process that ensures pedophiles
and child slavers do not loot the developing world's orphanages.
Congratulations to Malawi for not being blinded
by the glitter.
April 15, 2009 Additions •••••
Ex-cook Blasts Adoption Bid
MADONNA's bid to adopt a second
child from Malawi has been blasted by her former cook, who accuses the
superstar of ignoring the three children she already has.
....But Eric Ienco, who
once worked for Madonna as her cook and house manager, claims the 50-year-old
star should spend more time with her three kids Lourdes, 12, Rocco,
eight and adopted three-year-old David, instead of dedicating all her
spare time to keeping fit.
...."It's a puzzle why she wants
to adopt again. She's hardly ever with her children. She's got two full-time
nannies and one part-time nanny. So why adopt a kid when somebody else
is raising them?
"She gets up and has a coffee, then
she does two hours of yoga. Then there's two hours of pilates and exercise.
That's six days a week. After that she deals with her email, her calls
and the rest of her business. And after that, she spends maybe half
an hour with the kids.
"Madonna puts herself before the kids.
When she adopted little David, he arrived at her home from Africa, and
three hours later, she left to do pilates. Wouldn't you think she'd
want to spend the entire day with her new son?"
Adoption Quest: Mission of Mercy or Latest Publicity Stunt?
by Pam Meister
...But if her final goal is, as she says,
to give David and Mercy the tools they need to “one day return
to Malawi and help the people of their country,” why doesn’t
she just stick with the school she is planning on building?
Or perhaps invest in the local economy, providing
jobs for parents who are unable to adequately care for their wn children?
Wouldn’t that go further than holding
what amounts to a kind of lottery and then whisking the lucky winners
away to a fantasyland of luxury?
Forgive my cynicism, but it seems to me that
like many celebrities, Madonna’s actions are more about burnishing
her image as a progressive, caring person than helping the children
“See, I’m not one of those people with
lots of money who’s selfish! I’m doing something good!”
Perhaps I’m wrong, but adopting these two children isn’t
going to do much for the plight of the others left behind.
....Funny too, when you think of it, that when little
David first arrived in London, he was accompanied not by his adoptive
mother, but by her aides.
What, could she not find the time in her hectic schedule
to accompany her new son to his new home? It reminded me of ordering
from a catalog and having it delivered right to your door. No muss,
On a related note, Christian Toto wonders
if Madonna’s daughter Lourdes is picking up on Mom’s narcissistic
She [Madonna] once told “Today” staffers
Lourdes tends to “walk into a room and demand that everyone
pay attention to her.”
Who knows where she picked up that attitude from?
Indeed. And what screams “pay attention
to me” more than a couple of cute little kiddies from a poor African
nation in the care of a pop music icon?....Madonna
sees the public relations value in adopting ethnic children from impoverished
The queen of reinvention, Madonna once again seeks
to remake herself - this time as the doting mother with a gaggle of
international children (now sans husband, since she and Guy Ritchie
divorced late last year).
Like I said, forgive my cynicism. I expect not everyone
will agree with me and some will say I’m being overly critical
of such a selfless gesture.
....But considering all of Madonna’s
colorful past, it’s hard to believe this isn’t just the
latest in a long line of publicity stunts. I just hope the children
make it through unscathed.
James’ ‘dad’ doesn’t want Madonna to be her mum
Madonna’s plans of adopting Mercy James
dealt another blow after the Malawian child’s “father”
came forward and insisted that he was looking forward to being part
of her life.
James Kambewa, 24, who fled in disgrace after Mercy’s
mother Mwandida, who was a 15-year-old schoolgirl at the time, fell
pregnant, told The Mirror: “She is my daughter and I want her
to live with me.”
Mwandida died eight days after giving birth. James
has never been seen in the family’s home village of Thwonde in
southern Malawi since the outcry.
In fact Malawi authorities had always believed that
Mercy was an orphan and had failed to find her father.
Now, James is ready to prove he is the biological
dad by taking a DNA test - and is desperate to meet his daughter for
the first time.
James told in an interview how he was made to believe
Mercy had died along with her mother during childbirth.
Security guard James, 24, said: “Discovering
my daughter is alive is a miracle. Now I call on all my countrymen to
help me have my child. I will take a DNA test and appear in
court to prove Mercy is my child. I am willing to do whatever it takes.”
He added: “I bear no grudge against Madonna.
But I am Mercy’s father and I want her to stay with me. God will
take care of us.”
Following the revelation, Madonna’s hopes of
adopting the child are in tatters.
The 50-year-old singer was planning to appeal last
week’s shock decision by Malawian judge Esme Chombo to block her
adoption of Mercy.
The adoption application was dismissed on the grounds
that prospective parents must be resident in Malawi for 18 to 24 months
Whines to Malawi Newspaper
According to some sources, Madonna instructed
the orphanage to hide Mercy James from her biological father:
Mercy in hiding as furious family fight to keep father [Kambewa] away
By Barbara Jones
11th April 2009
Mercy James, the four-year-old girl from Malawi
who Madonna is hoping to adopt, has gone into hiding on the singer’s
orders after the girl’s father [Kambewa] came forward, saying
he wanted them to be reunited.
Staff at the Kondanani children’s home,
where Mercy has been living, said Madonna had told them to shield the
child from James Kambewa, who is believed to have spent the past week
attempting a reunion with his daughter.
....Kambewa [Mercy's alleged father] is now living
in Blantyre, the country’s second-largest town, where he works
as a night watchman. His paternity claim has been attacked by representatives
Adoption Denial Appealed...Guess She Has To Offer More Bribe Money
Madonna recently released an artistic,
sepia-toned photographic portrait of herself holding Mercy James to the
media: I call this a shameless ploy to gain sympathy, using a baby as
I'm not the only one who thinks it's nothing
Power of Sepia - an Expert's Take on That Madonna Image
Martin Parr: Choosing sepia is
all to do with trying to make the image look romantic and idealistic.
It's sort of a soft version of propaganda
Madonna has released an image of herself holding Mercy,
the Malawian baby she hopes to adopt. It's in sepia.
Choosing sepia is all to do with trying to
make the image look romantic and idealistic. It's sort of a soft version
of propaganda. Remember when the colour supplements used to
run black-and-white pictures of famine and hardship?
Some still do.
They do that because they want to make it look more
authentic. But it's a fabrication. You can't shoot in sepia, so converting
into black and white and then into brown makes everything feel less
Madonna is a clever person and this image
is all part of a rigorous attempt to persuade the Malawian courts that
her adoption should be allowed to go ahead.
As well as the photo being sepia, there appears to
be a subtle soft pink hue on Madonna herself. I guess this is the color
of reassuring, concerned maternity.
You can imagine Madonna and her team thinking
this through in the same way an advertising campaign is orchestrated.
....Sepia in particular tends to make
everything look a bit romantic and almost sentimental, hence the fact
that it remains such a popular choice for wedding photographs.
launches PR campaign to salvage adoption of baby girl from Malawi
April 15, 2009
By Richard Simpson
[snip sepia tone photo of Madonna with baby]
[the photo's caption on the page reads:]
PR bid ... Madonna holds the young girl named Mercy,
whom she hopes to adopt. Picture: Reuters
It could be a still from a classic Hollywood movie:
A dewy-eyed white woman holds a sleeping black child warmly to her breast.
Her caring motherly character positively oozes from
the photograph, which is lent further drama with its sepia tone.
The image is part of a carefully orchestrated
PR campaign that pop star Madonna, 50, hopes will win over those who
are stopping her adopting a second child from Malawi.
Days after the singer's adoption
of Mercy James was rejected by authorities, she mounted a charm offensive
to accompany her appeal against the decision.
The photo, released to media outlets around
the world, is clearly designed to present Madonna the matriarch. It
was taken during her recent trip to the African country and seems to
have been airbrushed to make the pop star appear angelic, blemish-free
The child she is holding is Mercy, the little girl
she wants to adopt as a sister for her other Malawian child, David Banda.
Releases New Photo of Mercy
••••• May 2, 2009
(The following material was first published in April
2009, which is why it's listed here rather than under May 2009.)
dad: 'Madonna lacks good morals' - Digital Spy
criticised by the biological father of the girl she wants to adopt
Madonna can't have Mercy - Metro
Dad Says Madonna Isn't Fit To Adopt - X17
Father Tries to Block Madonna's Adoption - The Insider
criticised by the biological father of the girl she wants to adopt
Adoption Bid Challenged by Mercy's Dad - Hollywood.com
moves to block Madonna Mercy adoption - The First Post
father says Madonna's life a 'scandal'
Dad: Stop Madonna! - New York Post
By Cathy Burke
Apr 30, 2009
He's showing Madonna no Mercy.
James Kambewa, 24, the surviving parent of a 3-year-old
Malawi girl named Mercy whom Madonna is trying to adopt, is demanding
And he says he wants to spare his child from
a life of "scandal" in the house of a Material Mom he claims
lacks "good morals," Britain's Daily Mail reported last night.
Kambewa, 24, a security guard who's never met Mercy,
is seeking a permanent injunction against Madonna.
"She is my daughter; she is my blood; she needs
parental love," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "She lost
one parent, yes, but I am still alive and so she is not an orphan."
Besides, Kambewa claimed, "I don't think
Madonna is a model mum. I have seen her in movies of her songs. She
doesn't portray good morals."
Referring to Madonna's handsome boy toy, model Jesus
Luz, Kambewa said:
"That's scandalous. How can a normal woman fall
for a boy who can as well be her son? No, spare my Mercy that scandal,"
he told the newspaper.
A court has already denied Madonna, 50, the chance
to adopt Mercy. She hopes to overturn the ruling at an appeal Monday.
Too Immoral To Adopt, Says Mercy James' Father
Dad: Madonna Lacks Morals to Be a Good Mom
lacks morals to bring up my Mercy, girl's father claims
The father of Mercy, the Malawian child whom
Madonna is hoping to adopt, has begun a bid to claim full custody.
By Ben Leach
30 Apr 2009
James Kambewa reportedly said he wanted to
spare his three-year-old daughter the "scandal" a life with
Madonna would bring.
The 24-year-old, who has never met his daughter after
walking out on her mother when she was pregnant, also accused
the singer of lacking "good morals".
Mr Kambewa has written a letter to lawyers
asking for a permanent injunction against Madonna adopting her.
He has insisted he would give Mercy, who has been living
in an orphanage since her mother died, a good home.
He told the Daily Mail: "She is my daughter; she
is my blood; she needs parental love. She is not an orphan. She lost
one parent, yes, but I am still alive and so she is not an orphan.
"Madonna has millions of dollars but that
doesn't make her a good mum. Parental love is more than money."
He added: "Besides, I don't think Madonna
is a model mum. I have seen her in movies of her songs. She doesn't
portray good morals.
"How can a woman of 50 dance almost naked
on stage? I wouldn't want my daughter to grow up like that! In Malawi
women respect themselves. Cultured women do not go about half-naked.
"I also heard after her marriage failed
she is already seeing two men, both very younger than her and her ex-husband.
I hear one of them is even less than half her age.
"That's scandalous. How can a normal woman
fall for a boy who can as well be her son? No, spare my Mercy that scandal."
A court has already denied Madonna, 50, the chance
to adopt Mercy, but she is said to be "confident" of overturning
that ruling at an appeal next Monday.
the Children Some Real Mercy - editorial by Susan Goodson
...But in the end the important thing is a rich famous
white woman wants to “adopt” a child from a poor country
and take her home with her – she has already adopted a young boy
from the same area.
I guess a matching pair is what Madonna is aiming for.
To put it bluntly Madonna – leave the
children of the world alone.
If you really cared you would not be trying
to adopt a child and take it away from its family, culture and country.
You would be putting some of your extreme wealth
into helping organisations, such as the orphanages, to do their
jobs to help the people of the country.
When Madonna adopted her first child from Malawi she
did not even stay in the country long enough to bring him home with
her – she had a far more important engagement back in her then
Her “people” brought the little boy, David,
The next day when he was just settling in to his new
“home” she was photographed going to the gym.
It sticks in my mind because a friend had recently
“adopted” a kitten from a shelter and she said with some
shock: “I never left him the next day with someone else, how could
you possibly leave a child?”
Charity / Donations
Them the Money Madge
fund raising: where is the money?
March 31, 2009
By Roger Friedman
Before Madonna “adopts” another child from
Malawi, maybe someone should ask her where the money went from
her big star studded 2008 fundraiser for that country.
We tried: this column has tried to ascertain from The
Gucci Foundation and from Madonna’s Kabbalah-backed Raising Malawi,
where the estimated $3.7 million has gone from the February 6, 2008
extravaganza. So far: No answers.
.... The fundraiser had some problems, however.
Even though Raising Malawi had been in business for two years, it was
still not approved as a sanctioned non-profit at the time.
Instead, Gucci formed its own Foundation — known
as a 501 c3 — to collect the money.
They brought UNICEF on board to give the event a feeling
But in the end, the efforts expended were for Raising
Malawi, an organization founded by the Kabbalah Center of Los Angeles.
Raising Malawi teaches the Kabbalah curriculum, called Spirituality
for Kids, to Malawi orphans.
Now, fourteen months after the fundraiser,
there’s no accounting for the money that came in.
....What the [Daily] Mail and other sources
have pointed out is that Madonna has changed her entire persona for
this process [the attempt to adopt a little girl from Africa named "Mercy"].
She’s dropped the 20-year-old Brazilian boy-toy
she’d been parading around New York, and gotten away from the
scandal of her relationship with ball player Alex Rodriguez and the
consequent break up of his marriage.
In Malawi she dresses conservatively, as if
in a movie role, and not at all as she lives in the U.S. or U.K. It’s
doubtful that the Malawi HRCC has ever seen her “Sex” book,
Meantime — call it a coincidence, but the day
after tomorrow — Thursday, April 2nd — Madonna is suddenly
launching a charity auction on eBay for Raising Malawi. The auction
is so last minute that there are no details.
Madonna is trying to steal another kid from Malawi; this time it's a little
girl named Mercy.
Related news items (
Hat Tip to discussion board participant SWR, South West Ranger, for this
but I was fooled by selfish Madonna - editorial by Allison Pearson
Excerpts from above link:
....Adorable four-year-old Mercy James has been picked
as the perfect accessory, oops, sister, for David Banda, whom the star
[Madonna] adopted two years ago.
Back then, I wrote a passionate defence of Madonna's
right to rescue a motherless child from one of the poorest countries
Above all, I trusted Madonna to be a good mother and
to put her adopted son first. Well, today I am feeling sadly disillusioned,
not to mention a bit of an idiot.
Since she adopted David Banda, he has lost not one
daddy, but two. His adoptive father, Guy Ritchie, to whom the little
boy is devoted, now lives on the other side of the Atlantic and they
hardly see each other.
Madonna, who is legendary for striking the right pose,
convinced David's natural father, Yohane, that his son would have a
happy, stable family life with two committed parents.
She failed to mention the possibility of a
bitter divorce, a baseball player and a toyboy model called Jesus.
By giving his son to the famous white lady, Yohane
was hoping to save him from the lethal African disease of poverty.
How cruelly ironic that, with Madonna as his mother,
the boy has come into contact with the West's own contagion of selfishness
and 'personal fulfilment'.
'David is only three years old and already he has been
through so much. I don't think God meant it to be like this,' says Yohane.
Indeed. But how can the Almighty hope to compete with
the despotic rule of Her Divine Madj (estimated fortune: £300
million) as she mysteriously silences dubious relatives and starstruck
African court officials?
When parents are splitting up, they generally make
every effort to keep the childcare stable.
Not Madonna. Recently, she dismissed David's Australian
nanny. Angela Jacobsen had complained on her Facebook page that she
couldn't 'take any more s**t'.
With Madonna so often on tour, Angela must have provided
a precious fixed point in the little Malawian boy's rapidly changing
existence. Yet, after handing in her notice, she was reportedly given
just a few hours to get out.
When the Madonna Show is on the road no little baby,
no vulnerable child, or indeed African country, is allowed to get in
the way. It's a pretty disgusting spectacle.
Now it is Mercy's turn to be signed, sealed and delivered.
Despite angry objections from charities, the four-year-old is Madonna's
latest must-have item.
But, unlike David Banda, Mercy is no longer a baby.
Quite how she is going to make the transition from dirt-poor Christian
orphanage to macrobiotic kabbalah penthouse is unclear.
....Perhaps most disturbing of all is the sense
that there is something racist about this traffic in angelic black children.
Somehow Africans aren't allowed to answer back. Their protests and objections
carry less weight.
If she chose to, Madonna could pay for half
of Malawi's Aids orphans to go to school. Or she could put
her extraordinary charisma behind the White Ribbon Alliance, the admirable
charity supported by Sarah Brown which campaigns to reduce unnecessary
maternal deaths in childbirth.
This is exactly how David Banda lost his original mother.
What a remarkable gift to her son that would be.
Instead Madonna chooses to wrench another child
out of their environment to act as a prop in her ongoing mid-life crisis
and to make herself look good.
All I can say is, may the Lord have mercy upon Mercy.
Save The Children has said Madonna's conduct verges on 'a puppy parade'
and pointed out that rich people like her are only looking for a beautiful
Hat Tip to discussion board participant Mihoshi Marie for this editorial::
of the Week: Madonna
by Andrea Peyser
This is an emergency Madonna update, a warning that
the one-time Material Girl has turned from a bra-baring, Britney-slurping,
intercourse-simulating extrovert into a greedy baby-collector.
At mid-life, an unmarried Madonna is, right
now, in the African nation of Malawi, choosing a matched child to go
along with the tot she already purchased from the African nation like
so much luggage, David Banda.
This is why Madonna is my Celebutard of the
Week, in keeping with my book, “Celebutards:
the Hollywood Hacks, Limousine Liberals and Pandering Politicians Who
Are Destroying America,” (Kensington).
Madonna is asking a judge to let her adopt 4-year-old
Mercy James, a child who, like David, has a biological father but no
mother. Her grandmother was incensed.
“Why doesn’t the singer pick other children?’’
fumed Lucy Chekechiwa to the Sun newspaper in London.
“It is stealing. I want to go to court. I won’t
let her go.’’
It seems a repeat of her earlier adoption. The granny
fumed, but Madonna still plucked the child from his home and took temporary
custody. On her own turf, the adoption was a done deal. She also broke
Malawi’s adoption laws, which prevent prospective parents from
getting their hands on children without first living in the country
for 18 months. Technicalities.
One has long wondered if Madge is fit to raise
a house plant, let alone a child.
Her vegetarian diet, free of wicked dairy products,
should be enough to preclude her from raising ice-cream-deprived kids.
It comes with great remorse that her ever-expanding
brood, which includes Lourdes, 12; Rocco, 8; and little David, 3; will
never, at least in childhood, taste the summer staple.
But in the diet-crazed Celebutard world, this is par
for the course — Gwyneth Paltrow gets to keep her little ones
even after publicly cleaning out her gastrointestinal tract.
Money buys anything. Including flesh.
TV is also banned in the house of Madonna,
50, which might be a blessing; the kids are protected from their mothers’
egregious sexual actings-out –- at least until the babysitter
breaks the rules.
But why should I complain about dairy products
when, in 2003, Madonna took the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New
York where, in full view of then-husband Guy Ritchie and 7-year-old
daughter Lourdes, tongue-kissed Britney Spears and Christian Aguilera,
giving an advanced lesson in sex education. Child service authorities
looked the other way.
The environmentalist – she made the cover
of Vanity Fair’s “green’’ issue – also
imported 1,000 unfortunate pheasants to her British estate, Ashcombe
House, so that rich friends including Brad Pitt might pay $19,000 a
day to shoot the poor birds to death.
Mercy lives in same orphanage from which she plucked
David. She wants the little girl to join a brood whose size has yet
to be curtailed, despite Madonna’s ridding of a husband Guy Ritchie
and discarding of Lourdes’ baby daddy, Carlos Leon.
It is not known whether the new child’s
health will be carefully screened in Africa, as was David’s. With
millions of orphans afflicted with AIDS and other diseases, Madonna
got herself a good one.
David, like Mercy, lost his breast-feeding
mother as an infant, and the family, unable to afford formula for him,
put him in an orphanage, expecting to take him back after he was old
enough to eat solid food. But Madonna chose the bright-eyed youngster.
The case against Madonna was closed when she told her
adoption story to a credulous and approving Oprah Winfrey. “God
bless you!’’ cried Oprah.’’ She also condescended
to David’s dad, Yohane Banda, as a “simple’’
Reportedly, David’s father upset when
he learned Madonna was divorcing. Too late.
In return for Africa’s generosity, Madonna founded
Raising Malawi, a girls’ academy that preaches hefty doses of
Madonna’s pet belief system, Kabbalah.
She might have simply made a large donation
to the Bandas’ extended family, including a grandma and aunts,
so they might be reunited with their biological child. But
what do I know about Hollywood?
This begs another question: What is wrong with
American-born orphans? Mixed-race children, for example, badly need
parents, even rich ones – and can be taken home without the need
of an international plane flight.
I guess those kids don’t make such good
conversations with Oprah.
Slams Madonna Adoption Bid As “A Need for Endless Attention”
Mar 31, 2009
Just as Madonna’s rep finally confirms the singer
is in the process of adopting again, a renowned expert on personality
attention disorders told RadarOnline.com she is wary of the singer’s
attempts and believes it links back to her own childhood trauma.
“Madonna has a need for endless attention
- she just has to be in the spotlight,” said Alice Aspen March
who runs a private practice in Santa Monica, Calif., and has treated
several celebrities. “It’s really not her fault because
her own mother died when she was just a child and her maternal developmental
process was interrupted as a result.”
March takes a skeptical perspective on why
Madonna chose to adopt from Malawi of all places. “She is being
criticized on many fronts but by going to Africa she is getting as much
international publicity as possible.”
“[Since her divorce from husband Guy Richie]
she wants to give the little boy [David Banda, who she adopted from
Malawi in 2006] a sibling and this is fueled by the fact that she may
not be able to exert her full control of her biological son with her
ex-husband but she can totally control the other three kids.”
“In my professional opinion she is suffering
from post-traumatic stress because her own mom died when she was so
very young,” March explained. “Surrounding herself with
children fulfills this primary need.”
adoption: Star's Chanel tracksuit raises eyebrows in Malawi
By Caroline Hedley in Los Angeles
31 Mar 2009
Madonna has been accused of courting sartorial controversy after touring
an impoverished Malawian school dressed in a $2800 (£2000) Chanel
The 50-year-old singer, who is in the African country
to adopt a four-year-old girl, chose a casual $1600 (£1150) velour
jacket and matching $1200 (£850) trousers from the French fashion
house to walk around the educational facility, the Huffington Post reports.
stop Madonna stealing our girl
The granny of the Malawi girl Madonna wants
to adopt has vowed to stop the singer “stealing” her.
Madge, 50, is nearing the end of a 19-month battle
to make orphaned four-year-old Mercy James legally her daughter.
But Mercy’s grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa,
61, hit out at the millionaire pop icon.
She told The Sun: “Why doesn’t
this singer pick other children? It is stealing.
“I want to go to court, I won’t let her
Mercy has been living in a Malawi orphanage and Lucy
claimed she was badgered by officials there over the adoption.
....She [Lucy] said: “They [orphange workers]
told me when I visited her last month that they want to find a better
education and home for Mercy.
“But I am sticking to the initial agreement
that Mercy will return home to me after she reaches six years old.”
Mercy was placed in the orphanage after her 18-year-old
mum died five days after her birth.
should not adopt baby Mercy, says Save The Children
Madonna is setting a bad example by attempting
to adopt a second child from an orphanage in Malawi, according to British
charity Save The Children
By Anita Singh
Last Updated: 27 Mar 2009
The singer is expected in the impoverished African
nation this weekend to begin adoption proceedings for Mercy James, a
toddler whom she picked out during a previous visit.The little girl's
parents have died, according to government officials, but she is believed
to have surviving family members including uncles and aunts.
....Save The Children said Mercy should not
be taken from Malawi. "The best place for a child is in his or
her family in their home community. Most children in orphanages have
one parent still living or have an extended family that can care for
them in the absence of their parents," said the charity's spokesman,
"International adoption can actually exacerbate
the problem it hopes to solve. The very existence of orphanages encourages
poor parents to abandon children in the hope that they will have a better
life. International adoption and the orphanages that often provide the
children to adoptive parents from overseas can divert money that could
be better spent keeping families together and preventing children from
having to be taken away from their parents in the first place.
"We urge any celebrity to set an example,
to follow internationally agreed procedures to protect the child, and
to ensure that the child in question has no other options in their home
urged to rethink adoption - BBC
charity cool on Madonna Malawi adoption
Regarding the next section of news stories:
Madonna has always been immoral, trashy and
sleazy; I do not understand why Malawian adoption officials did not notice
this before she adopted David Banda.
These adoption officials should have been questioning
Madonna's morals a long, long time ago.
fling with Jesus Luz and her rumored hookup with A-Rod may foil adoption
Men Ruining Her Adoption Plans?
fling may doom her adoption plans
Morals May Stop New Adoption
March 25, 2009
Madonna's love of a toy-boy model and her rumoured
fling with an American footballer and her divorce may stop her plans
of adopting another child from Africa.
Malawi's adoption officials say Madge's sizzling fling
with 22-year-old Brazilian hunk Jesus Luz - and her rumored hookup with
Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez may doom her desire to adopt three-year-old
Mercy James, The New York Daily News reports.
"Our official policy is that we do not encourage
our children to be sent into broken homes," a senior official from
Malawi's Ministry of Women and Child Welfare Development, noting her
split from hubby Guy Ritchie, told the paper.
"(Madonna's) relationships may negatively
affect the adoption of Mercy," the official said.
"The news she is linked to another woman's
husband and a young man less than half her age makes us question her
Officials are unhappy the 50-year-old Material
Mum, who adopted toddler David Banda in Malawi in 2006, flaunted her
relationship with Luz in a recent racy W Magazine spread.
Lifestyle Could Affect Adoption Process
Madonna is such a huge bimbo that she's being used as
an example (warning?) of how being promiscuous can get a person an S.T.D.
(sexually transmitted disease). See the following for more information
hat tip to board member Anshirk for first link):
Shag Madonna, You Shagged Vanilla Ice
MTV is using rock stars and their super-sluttiness
to teach all Brazilians about safe sex. Thanks, Madonna and
Mick Jagger, you sluts! And thanks to everyone you screwed,
These are new ads from MTV Brazil, via Copyranter.
Use condoms or you are basically screwing Tupac, Deniro, and Paris Hilton
all at once. [visit link above to see
scan of advertisement]
Degrees of -- Some Lesbian --Sex with Madonna
Guitarist 'Left To Die'
March 8, 2009:
Michael Jackson and Madonna have been criticised
for failing to help a former guitarist who died after he could not afford
Both superstars had toured with David Williams –
who had also performed with Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie and Jessica Simpson
– over three decades.
But he was left to die alone on Friday after blood
....A family friend lashed out at the stars for failing
to support the musician.
'David, who supported them on stage all those years,
has nothing,' she said.
Please? Tip, Maybe - ABC news
Madonna is reportedly a notoriously bad tipper.
According to the British Mirror, the pop singer
and then-husband Guy Ritchie once left an $18 tip on a $400 dollar bill.
A Web site called "Bitter Waitress" claims
that Madonna left only a small tip after eating with
her friend, Ingrid Casares, at a New York City restaurant
Pedophilia & Madonna
Why have I classified Madonna's supposed "relationship"
with Jesus Luz, the 22 year old model, under "Pedophilia" in
entries below, since he is technically an adult and not a kid?
Because it is more evidence that she has always had
an unhealthy interest in and attraction to people who are much younger
than she is. (This is assuming she is having sex with Luz, and maybe she
is not. I tend to believe that this is a fake relationship, staged only
According to old magazine interviews with friends (such
as her first manager, Camille Barbone, old friend Erica Bell, and Mark
Kamins) and according to biographies, Madonna used to French-kiss and
have sex with boys who were under the age of 18, back when she was in
her mid-twenties and living in New York.
Slams and Put Downs / Pedophilia / Madonna is a Terrible
staff quit 'demanding' star - Digital Spy
staff walk out on 'too demanding' boss Madonna
Excerpt (click link above to read entire thing):
March 29, 209
By Marc Baker
...A source said: "Bank holidays are normal working
days and there's no special allowance for Christmas.
"Her [Madonna's] attitude is she is a superstar
and is expected to work, so why shouldn't her staff."
Madonna expects her closest aides to travel the world.
An insider said: "They don't really have a life
of their own."
March 29, 2009
Five of Madonna's staff have walked out on her.
The singer has been hit by the resignation of two personal
assistants, two nannies and a chauffeur - who all cited long
working hours as the reason for quitting.
Upon handing in her notice to the 'Miles Away' singer
earlier this week, Australian nanny Angela Jacobson was immediately
told to leave.
Another nanny, Elodie, who had worked alongside Angela
looking after the singer's three children - Lourdes, 12, Rocco, eight
and adopted David, three - has also quit.
They are joined by personal assistants Denise
Lambertson and Johanna Edholm, and chauffeur
Alistair Mitchell, who was Madonna's driver for seven years.
Telling of her strain at being on call 24 hours a day,
seven days a week, Angela, 29, wrote on her Facebook internet profile:
"Not putting up with this s**t anymore. Never have, never will.
....A source told Britain's People newspaper: "Angela
was with her for two years and was particularly close to David. He and
Rocco are devastated she is leaving.
"And Elodie, who's been with Madonna for about
15 months, was also close to the children.
"But all Madonna's employees work incredibly long
Personal assistant Denise is due to finish working
for the 50-year-old star this week, and Johanna quit saying
she lost a boyfriend due to Madonna's work demands. Alistair
left Madonna to drive her ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
: ‘Tough boss’ Madonna ‘fires’ adopted son’s
Angela Jacobsen describes strain of working as Madonna's nanny
nanny Angela Jacobsen tells of life with Madonna
by Kelvin Healey
March 28, 2009 12:00am
A Melbourne nanny has told how the strain of
working 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Madonna drove her to the
A week after she was sacked, Angela Jacobsen arrived
home yesterday with nothing but kind words for the pop star.
But her Facebook website told a different story.
"Not putting up (with) this s--- any more,"
a furious Jacobsen wrote last month.
"Never have, never will. Standing up for my rights
regardless of consequence. Sick of always being the one who compromises."
The next day she wrote: "You know the score!!!
No one messes with my party."
....While Ms Jacobsen's website postings paint
Madonna in an unflattering light, they also reveal the jet-set
lifestyle of a pop star's nanny.
gruelling life of Madonna's Australian nanny
Ex Girlfriend Lashes Out At Madonna
is a ridiculous old bag'
is a 'ridiculous old bag' says Jesus Luz's former girlfriend
March 17, 2009
Madonna is a "ridiculous old bag" who should
get a boyfriend her own age, the ex-girlfriend of the singer's new companion
Jesus Luz has said.
....Miss Franca told the Daily Mail: "When
I heard about him and Madonna I couldn't believe it.
"I think the age makes a difference and
it is ridiculous for her. It's like my mum with a boyfriend
my age, or even my grandmother. I think it's very weird.
"She [Madonna] is a ridiculous old bag,
jumping around on stage at her age.
"I think she has some kind of an age complex,
she still thinks she is a young woman, she can't accept her age. I can't
remember him ever speaking about her or listening to her music.
She is famous but she is from a different generation altogether."
Miss Franca and Mr Luz dated for 18 months until 2006
but she insisted they are still friends.
[pop singer] Unimpressed By Madonna
Disco babe SEPTEMBER, who is heading for the Top 10
with Can’t Get Over, has hit out at MADONNA.
The sexy Swede said: "She either looks great and
sounds awful, or looks dreadful and
"She doesn’t seem to pull off both together."
Piss off looooong list of ex boyfriends [refers to
Jose Conseco], check! Make it perfectly clear that she no longer loves
her one-time protege [Britney Spears], check! Pissing off her #1 fans
-- the gays, sassy check [Madonna allegedly threw a hissy fit at a homsoexual
night club after a Britney Spears tune was played]! What's next, peeing
on some sort of priceless heirloom? "Leaking" a sex tape with
Jesus [Luz, the 22 year old model]? Dating someone even younger? I hear
Nick Jonas is single, Madge! What do you think is next?
Acts Like A Spoiled Child, Stomps Away [in a nightclub, after hearing
a Britney Spears song]
Not Impressed With Ex Madonna's New Toyboy
Canseco slams Madonna for dating a younger guy
Ex Attacks Over Jesus Luz
Canseco Rips Madonna for "Crazy" Cradle-Robbing
The Material Girl is too old for her new boy
toy, according to an ex.
Slugger Jose Conseco slammed 50-year-old Madonna
for dating Brazilian model Jesus Luz, who is 20, Usmagazine.com
"Oh my god! Doesn't she realize she is
60-years old? Come on!" he told the publication on Saturday. "When
she is 80, what is she going to date -- a guy who is 10 years old? It's
Conseco said Madge asked him to marry her but that
he was "never interested in her and was just fascinated by her
as a person," according to his book "Juiced."
The baseball star told Us in July 2008 that Madonna
tried to seduce him while he was married.
"We went downstairs [at her house] and she came
over and said, 'What would you do if I kissed you? and then sat on my
lap and kissed me," he told the publication.
The 30-year age difference doesn't seem to bother Madonna
and she and Luz shared a romantic dinner with in New York Sunday night,
the magazine reported.
"She loves showing her ex that she can still get
the youngest, hottest thing out there," an insider told USmagazine.com.
Animals / Pedophilia / Fashion
tops PETA's worst-dressed list - Zap2It.com
Makes PETA's Worst Dressed List - OK Magazine
Tops PETA’s 2009 Worst-Dressed List - Access Hollywood
is PETA's Worst Dressed
Named Worst Dressed Celebrity -Showbiz Spy
March 6, 2009
Madonna has been named the worst dressed celebrity
by animal rights group PETA.
The Material Girl singer, 50, topped the list - which
also includes Kanye West, Kate Moss and Mary J Blige - because of her
use of fur.
The annual poll highlights celebrities' 'crimes' against
In a statement, Peta said: "When you see
Madonna in fur, you realize why nobody has copied her style since 1984.
"We know she's on the prowl for a young cur, but
someone needs to tell Madge that wearing fur doesn't make you a cougar."
Here's the article that ties in pedophilia with animals
and fashion, if you were wondering:
Did Madonna ruffle PETA's fur with cougarish coat?
Predatory pop star Madonna was on the prowl in Manhattan
She was spotted wearing a tres cougarish Thomas
Wylde leather trench coat with what looks like a real gray fur collar.
Has anyone informed PETA about this?
She's been on their hit list for years and this isn't going to make
them very happy. Expect a condemnatory press release shortly!
And she may also have risked the ire of Child
Protective Services by wearing her new Brazilian model boy toy, Jesus
Luz, on her arm.
Just kidding, but the dude is 28 years younger
Seriously, isn't this getting a little creepy?
Or is Madonna becoming the Benjamin Button of Hollywood?
If she lived in your neighborhood, you'd be
calling Predator Alert.
said in an old interview that she is not "promoting" the homosexual
lifestyle (or any lifestyle), that she is only depicting them. Well, that
message is bound to go over the heads of most viewers.
Whether Madonna intends to or not, it is a fact that
depicting homosexuality in music videos and on stage is perceived by a
lot of homosexual people as being an endorsement. Case in point, this
Out: Madonna Made Me a Lesbian, by Mona Elyafi
Dry and Sour Tour
Man-donna is extending her terrible "Sticky and Sweet" tour
into 2009, at least in areas of Europe. Here's a nice article about it,
from some European paper:
Bucharest and Screw Madonna out of €22!
So as you may have heard, world famous pop singer/limitlessly
narcissistic husband-torturing dragon lady Madonna
is playing Budapest in August.
As usual, Madge is doing her best to rape
her fans, in this case charging between Ft 15,000 and Ft 110,000.
But you have options, because it seems the
cheap tickets for her show the same week in somewhat nearby Bucharest
are almost 50% cheaper than here.
Or you can do like us and save 100% by avoiding
the whole ugly spectacle altogether! [realitatea.net]
Polls, Awards, Lists
Madonna did NOT make the Mtv "Top Ten Albums of
All Time" list.
'snubbed' by MTV
February 26 2009
By David Balls, Entertainment Reporter
Coldplay and Madonna have been snubbed by MTV
in their search to find the greatest ever album.
A vote launched this week to find the Top 10 best albums
across the network's three UK channels has drawn criticism over the
Greatest Albums Ever List
Looking Old / Ugly
Madonna Hides Behind Large Sunglasses
(Hat tip to board member Anshirk for finding the above
Guy Ritchie Related
Calls Madonna "IT"
Guy Ritchie refers to his ex-wife MADONNA as
IT, pals have revealed.
The British director started making jibes at the star
even before their divorce.
A source revealed: "Guy will say, ‘Oh, It’s
in a bad mood today’.
"Even towards the end of their marriage, he would
call her It. He told people, ‘We can’t make It angry’.
"There is absolutely no love lost between them."
It is not known if Guy, 40, is referring to the hairy
monster from The Addams Family films — who we’ve imagined
in Madge’s hat and bra.
Slams and Put Downs
Penn Takes a Dig at Madonna
Oscar-winner Sean Penn took a dig at his former wife
Madonna when the two crossed paths at an after-show party.
The 48-year-old, who won the Best Actor gong for his
performance in ''Milk'', was congratulated by the Queen of Pop, who
went public with her 22-year-old lover Jesus Luz at the bash after splitting
with Guy Ritchie in January.
‘The Sun’ reports, gesturing towards Luz,
Penn said: "Thanks. Another kid already?"
Oscar Run In With Ex-Husband Sean Penn Over Toyboy Jesus
Snipe at Madonna
it Madonna or Her Shtick That's Getting Old?
To answer the question above: BOTH.
But here are some excerpts from the editorial:
Is Madonna getting too old for "sexpot"?
As much as Madge observers like to talk about her amazing
capacity to reinvent herself, it's wearing a little thin.
And her latest attack in an ongoing insurgency against
aging -- a 46-page spread in W magazine -- is derivative on
many levels (Her own "Sex" book, "The Graduate,"
....the brand Madonna -- despite all her various permutations
... it's getting a little bit old.
It Away Grandma
Okay, so here's Madonna's new "controversial"
photoshoot for the March 2009 issue of W Magazine.
In it, the photographer takes on a sensual journey
through an alternate reality where a 22-year old Brazilian model willingly
has sex with a 50-year old hag with no apparent dental
insurance. How sexy!
Sacrilegious Actions / Comments by Madonna
Controversial W Magazine Photos: Remove the Christian Cross
Feb 10 2009
by Jack Ryan
We're just not sure when enough is enough for 50-year-old
pop star Madonna, who has been a controversial so-called "sex symbol"
since she was in her 20s.
Madonna, who is best known for her promiscuous image
and controversial songs, photos, videos and concerts, is at it again
- she's aggravating the religious community.
....Apparently the singer is strictly an object
of sex and incapable of any other image. The star is depicted
in her new photos being intimate or 'intimately interested' in a young,
Brazilian naked guy.
The best photo is of her and this man sharing a sexual
smooch with a cross placed strategically on her neck. This is reminiscent
of the concert Madonna held, in which she was "hung" from
a cross in the image of Jesus Christ.
What's her obsession with insulting the Christian
for the photos, if you must.
You can't really cuddle up to a career on a cold, lonely night, so I've
never really understood feminism's appeal.
syndrome: I should have ditched feminism for love, children and baking
A playwright who embraced the feminism espoused
by her mother and flaunted by Madonna now feels betrayed
by Zoe Lewis / Feb 5, 2009
I never thought I would be saying this, but being a free woman isn't
all it's cracked up to be.
....Now, nearly 37, those same [feminist] values leave
me feeling cold. I want love and children but they are nowhere to be
....I was led to believe that women could “have
it all” and, more to the point, that we wanted it all.
To that end I have spent 20 years ruthlessly pursuing
my dreams - to be a successful playwright. I have sacrificed all my
womanly duties and laid it all at the altar of a career.
And was it worth it? The answer has to be a
....Lesley discovers, along with Madonna, that trying
to “have it all” is a huge gamble. I wrote
the play because so many of my girlfriends were inspired by this bullish
woman who allowed us to be strong and sexy.
I still love her and always will, but she has encouraged
us to chase a fantasy and it's a huge disappointment.
....Sas Taylor, 38, single and childless, runs her
own PR company: “In my twenties I felt I was invincible,”
she says. “Now I wish I had done it all differently. I seem to
scare men off because I am so capable. I have business success
but it doesn't make you happy.”
Nicki P, 35 and single, works in the music industry
and adds: “It was all a game back then. Now I am panicking. No
one told me that having fun is not as fun as I thought.”
Polls, Awards, Lists
Madonna did NOT make the AskMen.com's "Most Desirable
Women of 2009" list.
Mendes beats Megan Fox for World's Most Desirable Woman title. Britney
Spears & Madonna left out
January 23, 2009
by Dominic Patten
Now, Madonna, who is 50, doesn't make an appearance
on the Top 50 either. In fact, Madonna didn’t make it
in the Top 99 at all. Perhaps this is a sign, we are witnessing the
beginning of her decline and fall.
Looking Old / Ugly | Tacky Fashion
January 22, 2009: A new batch of 'Hard Candy' promotional photos, taken
in 2008, have appeared on the web this week. Madonna looks horrid, aged,
and trampy in them - and the clothing she is wearing is very ugly.
Some of these photos have been uploaded to the Vogue
Gallery; to the bottom left, you can view two small versions
from this shoot.
way too hard - New Madonna photo reveals her Hard Candy is no Britney
January 22, 2009
by Dominic Patten
Let’s not pretend, let's not mince words -
someone needs to tell Madonna that she's pushing herself well past her
In the UK, they call Madge an "old slapper"
and that's just in polite company. In the US, we're too star struck
to tell the Empress she's wearing no clothes, or rather that the
clothes she is wearing are totally not age appropriate.
Even more than her spread eagle Louis Vuitton ad campaign,
newly leaked pictures of Madonna, taken last year as promos for her
Hard Candy album, makes that disturbingly clear. And its time she took
a real look in the mirror, cause what was once sexy has become
With a stern face that could launch
a 1,000 Botox needles and a weirdly mangled and shorten
arm, for the first time in her long career, the former Mrs. Ritchie
looks thoroughly uncomfortable.
Maybe its the laced up leather boots, maybe its the
yanked up thong or the broken wrist wraps or maybe its the unmistakable
smell of desperation, but this is not Madonna reinventing herself. This
is Madonna corseting and contorting herself into the fetishism of embarrassment.
...[Madonna] needs to stop competing with the Britney
Sprears and the Rihannas. She needs to stop because it's pathetic.
Don't even try to get in the ring with new ingénue on the charts
Taylor Swift, Madonna, because someone who can write her own songs and
sing them will knock you out.
Madonna poses for yet ANOTHER raunchy album picture, will she still be
doing this at 70?
were you thinking, Madge?
Bandaged hand and knuckle duster
Two words, babe: Christina Aguilera. Three more: video
for Dirrty. Presumably her next outfit will be Britney-esque school
uniform. And, lo, the former innovator becomes the tragic copyist
[note from site owner: Madonna never was an innovator; she's always
ripped off her fashions from other people].
Open-toed lace-up boots
So you know those really tacky Soho
sex shops, where a woman called something like Mistress Tantra works
the till? Where everything on sale looks like it would cause sweating
or staining? Where the concept of sexiness seems to be based on a suburban
tarts-and-vicars party? Yeah, just like that.
'Hard Candy' Outtakes: Not So Sweet
Outtakes from the album's photo session have recently
been leaked onto the Internet. The pictures were shot by photog Steven
.... The outtakes show the singer looking every
bit of her 50 years, in a variety of bizarre outfits.
One photo set shows the Material Mom laced up in knee-high
boots and boxing gloves. Another finds her sporting what appear
to be an adult diaper and chest bandages.
Madonna REALLY Looks Like Without The Smoke And Mirrors
Some un-doctored, un-photoshopped pics of Madonna have
leaked to the internet from a photoshoot she did for her Hard Candy
As you can see, this is NOT the kind of thing Madonna
wants the public to see. Unlike all those airbrushed, professional shots
we are used to seeing, this is the real Madonna, and it’s kind
of a shock to see considering the lengths she goes to in order to protect
....But at some point, even Madonna’s going to
have to throw the towel in and call it a day. She can’t be a sex-kitten
forever. Eventually, even kittens grow up to be crotchety, arthritic
old pusses, and Madonna’s no different.
...she does NOT however, look younger than
50, as she clearly wishes she did.
And what this tells me is no matter how much you spend
on beauty products, plastic surgery, specially blessed Kaballah [water]
or 3-hour a day killer workouts, you are what you are.
The Curious Case
Jan 19, 2009
I'm not sure what Madonna was going for in these pictures;
The Crypt Keeper? Jeffree Star on Meth? Or were these
from her audition for the Curious Case of Benjamin Button? Can
someone get this woman a little photoshop over here?
poses in skimpy outfit again - pictures
By Victoria Kennedy 19/01/2009
Madge's crotch: Part II
Oh dear. We begged her to cover up - but it seems Madonna
just can't help herself.
In skimpy white knickers, tight bandages and thigh-length
boots, the 50-year-old mum of three manages to flash even more of her
crotch than she did in her last promo pic. The latest tacky
shots - to plug her album Hard Candy - see her again thrusting her hips
provocatively at the camera.
Madge caused a stir two weeks ago when she posed legs
apart in an ad for Louis Vuitton. It prompted the Mirror's Polly Hudson
to plead: "Put it away, grandma." But the singer's personal
trainer Tracy Anderson insists we should all be grateful to her for
"showing it's possible to be ageless".
Tell you what, Madge. Next time why don't you use a
few more bandages and go for the full Egyptian mummy-look? It might
stop you looking so Toot'n'Common.
The site "Awful Plastic Surgery" has an
entire section devoted just to Madonna alone! Here are a couple of
examples from "Awful Plastic Surgery.com"-
is scary looking
Madonna is simply scary looking. Her hands reflect
her true age. They look old and veiny. Madonna’s face waxen
and stiff. Is she embalmed already?
that Madonna or one of the Spitting Image puppets?
Madonna is starting to look like a Spitting Image
puppet and sufferer of ‘madamism‘, a term for the puppet
like features caused by too much plastic surgery. Remember, people,
plastic surgery does not make you look younger, it only makes you
It looks like Madonna has had some facial refinements
over the years. Her nose is different now, in particular, the bridge
of her nose is higher.
Madonna’s cheeks are currently looking outrageously
prominent and hardened as if she were a squirrel hoarding nuts.
Slams and Put Downs
Madonna, but these days you're more sad than shocking
Editorial regarding Madonna's photo shoot for Louis
Published Date: 08 January 2009
By Sheena Hastings
....Supposedly set in some smoky Parisian bar, but
actually shot in a LaLaLand restaurant, this pic [of Madonna
with her legs spread apart] manages to be both silly and high in cringe
....Her face appears to have been air-brushed
to make her look, flatteringly, like a young and lovely Faye Dunaway.
....Far from crashing their cars with lust or admiration
when they see this image plastered across hoardings in the street, men
as well as women will surely be shouting: "Put it away!"
However hard she desperately tries to look
sexy, Madonna just succeeds in appearing desperate when she poses for
a stunt photograph like this.
What on earth can she be up to?
With her pedigree of profane lyrics, explorations of
erotica in her book Sex and flirtations with gender-bending over the
years, Madonna has long-since ceased to shock anybody.
....Despite the global exposure they'll receive, perhaps
the Louis Vuitton pictures are only truly aimed at taunting one particular
person – and if so the plan has misfired, because belly-aching
laughter was almost certainly not the effect she was hoping for.
As much as I love the following headline and editorial
(which comes from the UK paper The Mirror), the author, a Polly
Hudson, is unfortunately setting up the scenario I've spelled out in threads
at the Anti Madonna Discussion Board, such as in the Senior
Citizen Sexiness thread.
For those feminists who have elected Madonna the representative
of female empowerment, they will counter such editorials by being all
the more stubborn, digging in their heels, and insisting that we should
applaud Madonna for continuing to be a whore well into her senior years.
Then they'll begin arguing that all women age
50+ should be, act, and dress slutty - and that they should look to Madonna
as a role model. I can see this template coming into place even now.
Indeed, I have already come across such
an apologetic at a blog called "The Frisky" by someone calling
himself or herself "Simca" who makes a feeble attempt to defend
Madonna's crotch shot by proclaiming her a "MILF" (which stands
for "Mother I would like to F*ck").
Sorry, Simca, but Madonna not only deserves to be booed
for the crotch shot photo, but she should be booed for so, so much more.
I assume that the author of this editorial is a woman,
since the author's first name is "Polly," and that's typically
a female name. I mention this only because 99% of Madonna supporters frequently
insist that the only people who "dog" Madonna and run her down
are old, fat, 50 or 60 year old white men.
it away, granny Madonna - you're too old to be flashing your crotch
By Polly Hudson
We've seen it in videos, on stage, in a book, magazines
and now an advert for Louis Vuitton.
Ladies and gentlemen, behold: the first sighting of
Madonna's crotch of 2009. And somehow I'm guessing it won't be the last.
I wonder if there's ANYONE who'll be able to look at
these legs-apart pictures without thinking: "Put it away,
Madge has pulled her battered old fishnets on again
for a series of ads dreamed up by Louis Vuitton's creative director
He says he just blurted out, "I think we should
do Madonna" in a meeting after seeing her crotch in concert the
Marc then texted her to ask if she'd be up for it and
she replied within five minutes saying: "I'd love to."
The six pictures were shot by Steven Meisel, who collaborated
on Madonna's Sex book. And suddenly it all makes sense.
The artist formerly known as Mrs Ritchie famously doesn't
allow newspapers in her house, so there's no point appealing to her
But if any of her friends (not you, Gwyneth) are reading
this, I beg of you, have a word.
WE GET that she's in incredible shape for her age (361).
OK, then, 50.
WE GET that she's really bendy and flexible.
So why does she have to go to such ridiculous lengths
to remind us all the time?
It's starting to look desperate.
If she really wanted to, Madonna could shock
the pants off us without revealing hers.
All she'd have to do is make some decent music
for the first time in years.
Spreads for Louis Vuitton
Jan. 6, 2009
by Dominic Patten
[Re: Madonna's photos for Louis Vuitton, especially
the image of Madonna with her legs spread open, flashing her crotch]
I know people praise her [Madonna] for being a chameleon,
a notion I never bought into, but she really did channel her best Russian
oligarch trophy wife look for this picture. Is this the next pose she
aims to strike? Classy Ciccone classy.
What else can you really expect from Madonna anymore?
The truth is she may have had a ton of headlines and the biggest tour
of 2008, remarkably beating out the reunited Eagles, but the
truth is, like the designer, she is irrelevant. A spectacle but not
it away Madonna! Heavily airbrushed singer strikes raunchiest pose ever
in latest Louis Vuitton ad
It seems the older Madonna gets, the more skin she
insists on revealing.
The singer - who has made an art of flaunting her figure
in high cut leotards - has stripped off again.
Sporting a skimpy pair of monogrammed briefs, the 50-year-old
featured in a Louis Vuitton advertising campaign that seemed more lad's
mag than high fashion.
With her legs apart, Madonna was pictured sprawled
across a bench, revealing a little more than some would deem appropriate
for a mother-of-three.
And despite appearing pale and exhausted over
the Christmas period, she can cheer up now knowing she has made use
the greatest celebrity gift of all - the airbrush
Thanks to some simple retouching, the blonde
showed no sign of ageing as she sported flawless skin.
Baron Cohen Insults Madonna At Golden Globes
[Said Cohen:] "...And even Madonna has had to
get rid of one of her personal assistants. (pauses) Our thoughts go
out to you Guy Ritchie.”
Baron Cohen mocks Madge in Bruno
Baron Cohen takes swipe at Madonna in Bruno film
makes Madonna jibe in 'Bruno'
January 1 2009
By Simon Reynolds
Sacha Baron Cohen's new film Bruno will reportedly
mock Madonna's adoption of Malawian child David Banda.
According to The Sun, a storyline from the
movie shows Cohen's Austrian fashion presenter and his boyfriend adopting
an African baby named David. The couple then take him on a tour of various
cities across the globe.
Cohen featured in Madonna's 2000 promo video for 'Music'
in the guise of Ali G. He later poked fun at her while hosting the 2005
MTV Europe Music Awards awards as his character Borat, saying: "The
singer before me - who was he? It was very courageous of MTV to start
the show with a genuine transvestite."