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Madonna to Media: "Shame on You!"

10/25/2006 11:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Madonna swung back with visible irritation at the media coverage of her controversial adoption this morning on "Oprah," suggesting that the media is "doing a great disservice" to all African orphans by giving her story such intense coverage. In her first interview since taking in 13-month-old David Banda, her message to the people who had taken an interest in her strange adoption saga was, "Shame on you for discouraging other people from doing the same thing."

She also batted aside claims that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had had any influence on her decision to adopt, saying that she'd never even met Angelina. She added that her new baby David had been tested for several diseases and did not appear to have HIV, even though his mother and siblings had contracted the virus.

The Queen of Pop told Oprah that she viewed the interview as an "opportunity to set the record straight." She said that, contrary to the way the story has been told in recent days by David's birth father Yohane Banda, she met Banda in court and got his legal consent to adopt the child. "He was very grateful that I was going to give his child a life," said Madonna, "and that had [David] stayed in the village he would have buried him" due to poor conditions.

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46.

Jennifer Scott    

Something I was just thinking of, why are all of these celbs adopting babies or very young children? There are so many older kids who would just die for a loving home, it seems to me that the majority of the older kids are just forgotten about. I'm absolutely sure a 7 or 10 year old kid would be thrilled to go to a loving home & not be shuffled around to a million foster homes or be stuck in a orphange. I personally grew up in foster care & it sucked. I wish people would take in the older kids not just babies or small kids, all kids deserve a loving home.

2884 days ago
47.

JT    


Publicity stunt from the head media whore of the world. Isn't she the same one who once said, If you can do anything right, do it wrong in front of the camera.

This country is too fond of hailing and making famous this woman based on her naughty and scandalous behavior. (Umm Hilton ring a bell)

Boohoo, ENOUGH!

Now that the world is on to her B.S. She figured she'd channel Angelina by adopting a African child to divert attention from the bashing the Vatican and several religious organization hit her with. NOW, She is channeling the head bitch queen OPRAH (.Oprah pushing her weight on a closed Hermes' Paris store sound familiar???) OPIE said she was not mad, but proclaimed on her own show in June; "Shame on you Hermes!!! Shame, Shame, Shame" Hmmm, sounds like she was mad. The worst part was Opie pulling the cheap-shot race card out as well. (Heck, she had to ground her argument and the race card was the only way).

Where are the positive examples in this world that do good from the heart and not just because they are looking ratings or to make a run for the presidency. These phonies are getting ridiculous, and this bitch has got to go!

2884 days ago
48.

girlwiththecurl    

Madonna should have helped Mr. Banda via Heifer International, and brought this family back together, instead of driving them further apart.

She could have picked out a REAL orphan (you know, a child who is all aone in the world, with NO ONE left).

She still can. I suggest she get to it.

2884 days ago
49.

jfp    

stupid whore keeps f-ing up her fake British accent...haha...what a dope.

2884 days ago
50.

Victoria    

What kind of fake accent is Madonna now using? "Received Pronunication" by way of trailer trash?

2884 days ago
51.

kgb    

I think the baby will be better off, have a longer life, even knowing Madonna is a complete wacko.
BUT SOMEONE TELL ME HOW MADONNA IS NOW BRITIISH? I lived in London for 6years....you may pick up some different word usages, but not a complete British accent. She is such a fake and such a weirdo......I think her intention of adopting a baby and giving it a better life is a good one, but too bad she wasn't smart enough to just give $50,000 to the Malawi father to take care of his own child and send little installments as the years go by..can u imagine what $50,000 could buy in that country? Can u imagine how little $50,000 woudl impact Madonna?
Then Madonna should have gone to a country (how about THE USA??? just take a quick look at the pictures of the children available for adoption online...precious and for some reason mostly African American..that should fit her requirements) that has open and easy adpotion..fallen in love with an equally needy, sick sad and lonesome child. You can change a life a lot of different ways.
I think it was funny Madonna said she doesn't read newspapers or watch TV. That would mean she is probably a little out of touch with the REAL WORLD anyway. WHat is she protecting her kids from???
PEOPLE LIKE HER that are trying to entertain us but in poor taste.
She is an idiot. She just admitted the laws need to be changed to allow adoptions more easily from that country...because the rest of us don't have her millions to circumvent the law.

2884 days ago
52.

Jinxy Cat    

"" saying that she'd never even met Angelina. ""

LOL... If she did, she would have lost her husband by now....

2884 days ago
53.

AngelG.1    

Just when I thought Madge/Midge had gone away to live in her castle with her two kids , a huband that is one step up from K-Fed ( he does not pretend to work ) , her fake accent , and teaching her children not to read news papers or watch TV , like she would be ANY BODY without using the media ! I am a Mix-race women who was married to an American Jew ( the reason we divorced has nothing to do with race ) and two kids - who are now young adults and since they were little always called themselves the United Nations Kids, they have always had friends of diferent races and religions ,but I am so thankful that they did not feel the need to take sides ( the three of us have been mistaken for Hispanic, Italian and Israeli, or white) and we all tell people what we are considered in America- Black . It is sad that after we identify our background some peple- not all- back off . I noticed that Madonna said that her kids did not notice the little boy's color- I guess not! Her daughters Father is Hispanic and yes she resembles Madonna but she is NOT white. My concern about her adopting a child that is not like her others will be that he will never know or understand who he is in the world. Are they going to import familes like mine to bring diversity to him , tell him he is "just the same" as the other kids or just pawn him of to the Nanny when she feels its time to do something else to feel relivent. I am a normal middle class woman happily engaged to a middle class man and we donate money to diffrent organizations without disclosing this to anyone, and I was happy to learn recently that my son, daughter in law , daughter and her boyfriend are also following this tradition. I say all this to say- if Madonna really wanted to help ANYBODY in the world she could do it , on the down low without fanfare . She does not need a a little African child to play with until the next big thing comes along. Madonna left her religion for another, left man after man for another man ( or Woman ) , and everything for something new. She I my opion needs to sit down shut up and listen to some one eles voice than her own.
Thank you for listening as I rant, I feel mush better now :)

2884 days ago
54.

Uh, scary    

Madonna doesn't strike me as a very loving person. I can't imagine this kid being raised by her. She's selfish and hateful. She doesn't let her kids be kids. She looks like a total snobby rich B****! I hope this kid does well. Scary really!

2884 days ago
55.

Tommie    

I REALLY DON'T WANT TO GO THERE ABOUT THESE PEOPLE ON HERE THAT ARE MAKING ALL OF THESE UGLY, NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT MADONNA ADOPTING THIS CHILD BECAUSE IT'S USELESS. BECAUSE OF THEIR MISERABLE LIVES, THESE KINDS OF PEOPLE WILL MAKE NASTY COMMENTS ABOUT JESUS CHRIST IF THEIR WAS A BLOG ABOUT HIM. THEY CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES. FRANKLY, SOME OF THESE PEOPLE ARE PROBABLY MAD BECAUSE MADONNA AND OTHER CELEBRITIES ARE ADOPTING "AFRICAN" AKA "BLACK" CHILDREN AND THE FACT THAT MADONNA FIRST TOLD HER STORY ON AN "AFRICAN AMERICAN" AKA "BLACK "PERSONS SHOW. AND YES! SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST THAT SHALLOW AND OR RACIST. IT IS APPARENT JUST BY READING THESE DIFFERENT BLOGS. THERE COULD BE NO OTHER REASON THAT MADONNA WOULD DO THIS OTHER THAN FROM HER HEART. I'M SURE THAT SHE COULD HAVE FOUND OTHER THINGS TO SPEND 3 MILLION DOLLARS ON OTHER THAN TO HAVE ORPHANAGES BUILT IN THAT COUNTRY IF SHE WERE NOT DOING THIS FROM HER HEART. I'M ALSO SURE THAT SHE HAS OTHER THINGS TO DO WITH HER TIME THAN TO GO TO AFRICA, TRY TO GIVE AN UNDERPRIVILEDGE CHILD A CHANCE AT LIFE, AND DEAL WITH ALL OF THE LEGAL RED TAPE OF ADOPTING A CHILD IF SHE WERE NOT DOING IT FROM HER HEART, WHETHER IT'S IN THE U.S, AFRICA OR KALAMAZOO. SHE'S MADONNA, AND SHE DON'T HAVE TO DO ANY OF THIS IF SHE DIDN'T WANT TO. PEOPLE NEED TO GET SOO MUCH HATE OUT OF THEIR HEARTS AND THEY MIGHT FIND THAT THEIR LIVES AREN'T SO MISERABLE AFTER ALL!!!!!

2884 days ago
56.

Constance    

Again people, Madonna did not MAKE the bio-father give her his child, the baby was on the adoption list put together by the orphanage. Why should Madonna pay money to keep this family together when there are other adoptive kids out there with living bio parents. Anybody care to venture how many adoptive parents pay money so the kids can stay with their bio parents? Yeh, you guessed it! NONE!! So why should Madonna???? Madonna does not need to get permission from the public that she wants to adopt, that's her business and she went through the proper channels for several months (homestudy, background check, etc) BEFORE she went to Africa so she would be eligible to adopt. - The media has turned this thing around like she didn't do anything beforehand and just swooped to Africa, pick up any child and took off.

Personally, she did good by appearing on Oprah and stating her case. I would have said to h*ll with everybody, I don't need to make any statements, that's my business and these people need to sit down and shut up.

What these whiners really need to do is to spend the same "hot air" coming out of their mouth complaining and call the orphanage in Africa to get their address so they can write a check to sponsor an orphaned child. Remember, it only takes a few cents a day to provide for a family. Where here's the opportunity folks, help a child.


2884 days ago
57.

Claire    

You people are clueless. All of you on here complaining about how Madonna is "adopting this child because she cares" are soooo clueless. Shes doing this for the media. Any Madonna story is never a good story WHY???? because she makes it not a good story. Madonna is sitting around laughing her and Oprah because people are feeling sorry because "people are being so mean to her for doing the right thing". Its not a good thing when you purposely go over to Africa and pick a child under the circumstances this child was under. So fishy, yes. Madonna is a stupid witch and I hope her daughter becomes a whore like her so she can see how disgusting and nasty she was.

2884 days ago
58.

Blanket    

Another narcissistic celebrity asshole who adopts (steals) a baby for attention.

Here we go with another sefl-absorbed celebrity attention whore adopting a third world child as a fashion accessory for the attention it brings her.

And of course the other gift from God, Oprah, gives her a platform to admonish people.

You'd think a normal person with a conscience would say "I am sorry for the misunderstanding. Perhaps I should adopt another child that is an orphan with NO family."

But of course with Madonna, she chooses a kid like she shops for shoes. It's all about her and what she wants. Not the feelings of others.

Another celebrity that needs to be THINNED from the HERD.

2884 days ago
59.

Alyn Brodsky    

Tye slut has only herself to thanks, by turning this into a media event in the first place--shopping around orphanages like shiopping around Sak's Fifth Avene for the right costume for her repulsive act. An since when is that damn Oprah the conscience of the nation? Are we supposed to bow down to this piece of shit? I'd rather bend down to my maid. At least she does floors.

2884 days ago
60.

Harry    

What's Wrong With An American Baby? Or a baby from her country of residence, Great Britain? Now that the child is living in style, who actually takes care of it? The hired help? The same person that whisked the child away? Perhaps the baby is better off. However, as the saying goes, Charity Begins At Home.

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