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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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76.

Micasmom    

An additional comment to the one I made above: the majority of US adoptions are domestic. There are open adotions, closed aoptions, private adoptions, agency adoptions, state adoptions... and sometimes people just take kids into their homes with no formal paperwork at all. Criticizing people for their choice of foreign or domestic adoption really shows a lack of understanding of the adoption proccess and a lack of concern for the children and families involved.

2828 days ago
77.

Not A Fan    

Hey Rockstar, did I say anything about "buying a kid"? Your an idiot. Educate yourself and get a life.

2828 days ago
78.

YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING    

I can't believe Madonna didn't see this coming when she picked David to begin with.

She should have adopted a child with no parents to raise them and given Davids Dad some money so he could have taken his child home and raised him himself if she was that concered for this perticular child. $500 would make these people rich .. not like she had to give him that much .. if she cared about David so much that is.

There are MANY MANY orphans with no parents .. no family to take care of them.

She deserves all the negative press she is getting because she is so stupid as not to see the controvercy this would stir up.

2827 days ago
79.

Jasmine    

God Bless Madonna for adopting a child that needs a real home. But damn, Madonna, don't you remember when you tried to sport that fake ass London accent in the past and everyone talked so much Sh*t about you. Why can't you be yourself and just talk with your regular voice - you even went in and out of the accent while speaking to Oprah. I watched you intently while giving the satellite interview. You really had to make a concerted effort to put the fake accent on - and it was intermittent!!! I can see why a lot of the previous requests mentioned FAKE!! You're way too old to try to be something that you're not!! Too bad she won't read this - right guys. . .

2827 days ago
80.

NYCGAL328    

I WATCHED THE INTERVIEW ON OPRAH, MADONNA DID DO THE RIGHT THING BY SAYING WHAT SHE DID, BUT SHE ALSO FORGOT TO MENTION THE INSTIGATING RELATIVES OF THE FATHER WHO ALSO BY THE WAY LIKE DAVID'S FATHER HAS NOT SEEN THE BABY SINCE HE WAS 2 WEEKS OLD!
NOT ONE PERSON ENT TO SEE HIM, THE CHILD'S FATHER'S COUSIN AND THE MEDIA PUMPING FUEL IN THE FIRE.
THIS MAN HAS CHANGED HIS STORY 3 TIMES, NOW HE SAYS HE WANTS MADONNA TO ADOPT HIS SON. HE DOESNT HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON. HE KNOWS HE WAS THERE FOR HIS SON.

MADONNA IS DOING A GREAT THING WITH THE ORPHANAGE THERE AND BY ADOPTING DAVID. GOD BLESS HER AND HER FAMILY AND EVERYONE ELSE THAT ADOPTS A CHILD!!!!!

2827 days ago
81.

tui smith    


I pray for Madonna and her family, she did a good thing, instead of saying good things for such a great contribution to mankind, she gets thrown in the fire.
Madonna, I salute you, God bless you and your family, you did a great thing, there should be more people like You. I am not a religous person, but I know there is a place in Heaven for people like Yourself and your Husband.
Don't get disgouraged, keep up the Good Work, and More POWER TO YOu!!!!

2827 days ago
82.

Mr. Disgruntled    

Madonna is absolutely ridiculous. The adoption is so laughable.

2827 days ago
83.

SP    

Now she knows how all Republicans and Rsuh Limbaugh feel.

2827 days ago
84.

Guster    

What a shock--Madonna in the headlines. She'll do anything to get there. How in the world do millions of people adopt children without this much controversy? If the adoption had gone smoothly, Madonna would have to invented a problem to get in the news. Another example of an aging, talentless pop star, desperate for recognition.

2827 days ago
85.

sam    

HELLO!!
THE FATHER HAS NOT VISITED HIS SON EVER!!!

HADN’T SEEM HIM SINCE HE WAS TWO WEEKS OLD!!!

CAN YOU PEOPLE READ AND COMPREHEND THAT???

SHOULD SHE PUT IN BACK IN THE ORPHANAGE TO ROT???

Here's what the father saying this hour. (from forbes)
The father of the 13-month-old Malawian boy Madonna is trying to adopt insisted Friday that he supports her plan, and criticized human rights activists here who want the courts to review the process.

"I am surprised what these guys are up to," Yohane Banda told journalists outside the courtroom where a hearing on the human rights group's challenge was held Friday. "Me and my family agreed with the adoption. I just want these people to leave my son alone."

2827 days ago
86.

shay    

I saw a picture of little David in a dirty looking crib and tattered clothing looking really sick and i know that i would have moved mountains to get him ot of there .To see the same little man in a photo with guy ritchie looking so happy i wanted to cry.Madonna you have done something wonderful who gives a sweet sh*t what anybody says God bless your beautiful family. Thankyou for saving that little man for he would die if it wern't for you.

2827 days ago
87.

Kitty    

HEY MADONNA !! ADOPT ME TOO PLEEEEESE !

2827 days ago
88.

abel    

trying to adopt in the US is a nigthmare. the birthmother has a year to reclaim her child if she so chooses. and usually, that's what they do. the guilt and everything sets in and they want their baby back. so the adoptive parents do all of the dirty work for the first year, form a loving bond with the child and then the birthmother cries to the court and they return the child. and those are our laws.
when i went to china to adopt, it was so overwhelming. the children are slept six or eight to a crib. the orphanages are overflowing because in china the families are only allowed one child per family and usually the family wants a boy (because then when he marries they gain the daughter in law and she will work for the family and most of china is rural farm land.) but we live in the US, and we don't think about how it is in other parts of the world. for instance, the Ukraine. or Africa. we see the pictures and I would bet that most of us change the channel. get off your high horses, people. pick up a book and read something besides the gossip on the internet. learn about what you profess before you launch into these incoherent rants.

2827 days ago
89.

sickNtired    

Great news, a child's physical life has improved dramatically, and hopefully his emotional life will be blessed as well. Children deserve the best we can provide, because they really don't choose to be brought into this world nor do they choose the parents they are born too.

That's the good, now here are the things that concern me. Madonna's comment that the child's father is grateful that she is giving the child a life. She didn't, she will be improving his quality of life.
Poster (6) statement regarding new accessory of the moment as a sad overtone of truth to it. Remember small African-American boys being the rage in the 80's.....and not comparing children to pets and I repeat NOT COMPARING CHILDREN to pet, the craze for small dogs, celebrities appear to get caught up in fads. (We all can get caught up in following trends)
Hopefully those who have chosen to adopt a child have been considerate in thought and know the committment and love it will take to be the parent.
I can't make a judgement on Madonna's decision to adopt a child. It will be interesting to see the man he grows to be.
For all the children in the world living without family, alone, in impoverished area's of the world (including the US) my prayer would be for them all to have someone choose to love and care for them.

Silverwoman.....having my moment!

"There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun."

2827 days ago
90.

tui smith    

Mr. Disgruntled, I know we are entitled to our opinions, but, Wouldn't YOU go get a LIFE!!!!!! and while you're at it, get a Heart and a Soul and a big order of COMPATION!!!!!!!!

2827 days ago
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