by guest contributor Nina
To call this an interview would be an insult to the very word. Oprah did not challenge Madonna on any of the complex issues associated with the adoption of David Banda, and let so much go unexplained. And then Madonna further exploited her newly adopted child by flashing his picture on the screen to the “aws” of the audience. “We applaud you” Oprah said. Sure the child is adorable. What 13 month old isn’t? But how can Madonna and Oprah not see that this is all so much more than Madonna trying to save the life of a child.
There were so many inconsistencies in Madonna’s comments. She claims that there are no “known laws” in Malawi but then goes on to explain the law that requires oral and written permission from the living relative of a child you intend to adopt. She also said that she could not abide by the customary law of remaining in Malawi for 18 months before leaving the country with the child. Oprah did not ask her why? No one asked Madonna to abandon her family. She certainly could have taken Lourdes, Rocco and the rest of the gang to Malawi, and with her wealth, lived quite a luxurious life, while following the laws of the country. What would be the harm in that? One less awful Guy Ritchie movie? One less overblown Madonna tour and sorry album?
Madonna stated that” nothing happens fast in Africa” yet she managed to adopt a child at lightning speed compared to the lengthy process one must go through in the U.S. and other parts of the world. And she truly believes her wealth and celebrity had nothing to do with that. Is she so removed from reality that she thinks that she is treated like a regular person? Oh that’s right, by her own admission, she doesn’t read newspapers or watch TV. So maybe, in her mind, she is just the girl next door…who goes on Oprah to “set the record straight.” Wish we all had that opportunity.
The most insulting thing to me though was when Madonna compared her child’s biological father to a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown and then later called him a “simple man who comes from a village, who has nothing.” This is the respect and gratitude you show a man who has given you his child?
Madonna has long been a master manipulator of the media. And now she looks all wide-eyed and shocked as the media (and lets face it, a portion of the general public) turns on her. Her fake accent and constant glances downward at what may or may not have been a teleprompter made the interview seem even more like a performance. A performance that fell flat for this viewer.