...This week, Madonna adopted a baby boy named David from Malawi, Africa. Reportedly, she's also eyeing a little black girl from the same village, and remarked, "She looks just like me." This could only mean that the kid was wearing a cone bra, leg warmers, and a Kabbalah bracelet...
Canada's UNICEF ambassador, Ben Mulroney, also has some concerns:
"It's a bandwagon thing,'' he says. "From the public point of view, there's almost a perversion of the family when people reading this in a magazine and seeing it on TV equate adopting a baby in Africa with owning a chihuahua or a trucker hat or a Birkin bag ... It's unfortunate that these good deeds and this altruism and this willingness to raise a family is coming off as a trend.''
It seems that all these stars are trying to one-up each other with the number of third-world kids they have hanging from every appendage.
It's not just adoption either. I'm sick and tired of standing in long grocery store lineups and having to stare at magazine covers of glamourous stars showing off their ever growing naked "baby-bumps" sticking out from between layers of tight clothing.
Pregnancy and new life is something to celebrate, but I don't need to see the bare evidence at every trimester. Some things should be kept private; not used as publicity stunts.
This is one more example of a culture that regards children as possessions - meant for the use and advantage of adults, rather than as a precious gift to nurture and love.