Saturday, October 21, 2006

Where Were These People?

Yohane Banda, the father of the baby boy that is being adopted by Madonna had this to say about the adoption hearings: "Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage? These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone," he said in an interview earlier this week. "As father I have okayed this, I have no problem. The village has no problem. Who are they to cause trouble? Please let them stop." He has a good point, don’t you think?


Amy said...

I absolutely agree with him. He seems a very smart man with nothing but the best in mind for his son. And really, what is better than being adopted by a family that will provide anything and everything this child could ever need or want?

Karan said...

I agree with you.

This whole thing reminds a little bit of Elian Gonzales' story....those in the US acted like they knew better than his father.

phlegmfatale said...

I think what THIS boils down to is that a rabid star-obsessed media machine sees an opportunity to chip away at a colossal icon. What would give me pause on a personal level is that Madonna is a workaholic who has on occasion said in interviews that she feels guilty about being away from her children for her 20 hour work-days, but then again, that might have been a rarity - those long days - and what mother or father doesn't worry on reflection that they've given their children short shrift? If Lourdes and Rocco are happy, well-adjusted children who feel they have enough attention from their mother already, I think there's no reason not to bring another child into the home.

What is bullshitty about this hue and cry is that people are making defninitive statements about the unknowable that (rightly so) goes on behind the private doors of a family, and I think it's no sicker or stranger than the way millions of children are treated by their biological parents the world over.
There! I said it!

denice said...

I agree! This father is the one with rights here, and he has chosen this for his child. Additionally, what can be bad about Madonna's adoption bringing global attention to this crisis? I do not agree at all with all the criticism... even if Madonna did get a baby faster or easier due to her fame and money, a little boy is still leaving an orphanage, going home to a big brother and sister, eager parents, even a stellar nanny -- all people who will love and care for him. And he's leaving behind some much needed limelight for the other orphans.