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The Occasional CELEBRITY FERTILITY column: Madonna adopts a "Colorful" Child

Posted Sep 12 2008 12:05pm

In an earlier post I wrote about how according to the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Angelina Jolie's adoption of a child from Ethiopia caused a mini-run on Ethiopian babies. Not to mention her back-to-the-primeval birthing in Namibia (well, with her OB very un-environmentally being flown in from L.A.) made fellow-celebrity Brittney Spears look into giving birth in that African country as well.
So now Madonna has adopted from Malawi:
One-year-old David Banda flew from Johannesburg overnight with a bodyguard and Madonna's personal assistant.

The baby arrived at London's Heathrow airport at 0630 BST, despite claims by some charities that the rules on adoption have been bent for the star.

A statement from the star's publicist confirmed Madonna had been granted an interim adoption of the child.

The decision by a Malawian court gives the singer and her husband, film-maker Guy Ritchie, temporary custody of 13-month-old David Banda for 18 months.

A group of charities in Malawi had tried to stop the adoption, claiming it was unlawful because Madonna has not lived in the African country...

...The boy's father, Yohame Banda, has agreed to the adoption.

"What I want is a good life for my child," he said.
It's disturbing that the child still has a living parent, not to mention extended family. The whole first world/third world implications of this are inescapeable. I think it probably has to do with how, unlike, say, the already-damaged American child (perhaps in foster care?), the cute UNICEF-type baby being infinitely malleable and capable of reinvention (and who better to be his mother than the champion chameleon Madge herself?)

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