Thursday, October 12, 2006

Madonna gets an African baby..awwww.

Culture: She will love him and hug him and squeeze him and she will call him George, wait... thats a Bugs Bunny cartoon. Allow me to be cynical with Madonna, Jolie and others who are running around adopting like they are Paris Hilton walking around with a pet in her handbag. Just something irritating about these recent events that make it look like a pokemon fad.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Reports that Madonna may have adopted a Malawian child have focused attention on foreign adoptions in Africa _ and raised questions about whether it's in an African child's best interest to be spirited away to the wealthy West. "Are celebrities doing it for the right reasons and not to make a statement?" asked Pam Wilson of the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society. Comments on talk radio across the region have been even more pointed, with callers accusing the pop-music star of going on a "shopping expedition." At this time, current legislation in Malawi does not even allow for inter-country adoptions. This would make it illegal for Madonna to take home a child from Malawi, although there are rumors that restrictions were to be waived for her. The adoption of children from poorer nations _ Cambodia, Ethiopia, Romania _ by rich foreigners has been happening for decades. Angelina Jolie adopted her son, Maddox, from Cambodia and her daughter Zahara from Ethiopia. Mia Farrow, now the mother of 14, began adopting children from poor countries in 1973 with an orphan from the Vietnam War. Wilson said there would always be a "demand" for children from developing countries. "There is a shortage of healthy babies in the First World, particularly now when there is no longer such a stigma to being a single parent and there are few babies in the system," she said. Adoptions of orphans from abroad have been increasing steadily in the United States _ to more than 22,000 in 2004. Russia, China and Guatemala have been the main sources of these children; only a few hundred per year have come from Africa.
I am glad I am not the only thinking this is a bunch of bunk in the end.
EXPECTATIONS RAISED Critics have suggested the rush of goodwill campaigns is part of a public relations push. "Every PR person says 'Which country do you want to adopt?'," Vanity Fair columnist Michael Wolff said recently when asked about Africa's popularity among celebrities. Others have questioned the stars' methods and motives. Eyebrows were raised when it was revealed orphans at a care center funded by Raising Malawi would, as part of their studies, be taught a curriculum based on Spirituality for Kids, linked to the Kabbalah school of Jewish mysticism, of which Madonna is a follower. "To me it's a phase they (celebrities) are going through. There's a lack of long-term commitment," said an aid worker in Lilongwe, who asked not to be identified. "Madonna will raise awareness internationally, but locally not much will happen."

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