Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Celebrity Misconceptions; You Have to Get Mad at Stars Who Rush off to Adopt Sad Little Black Children in an Act Screaming of Altruistic and Fashionable Coolness

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Celebrity Misconceptions; You Have to Get Mad at Stars Who Rush off to Adopt Sad Little Black Children in an Act Screaming of Altruistic and Fashionable Coolness

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Byline: Carrie Cox carrieon@bigpond.com

Here's what babies don't do: fill a void. They may expose a void, they may even create a void, but rest assured where there exists a canyon in one's emotional landscape, it cannot be filled by a baby.

I saw the recent (and seemingly well-orchestrated) photos of pop star Madonna jetting down in Malawi, wherever that is, to pop adoptive child no. 2 into her lifestyle trolley and I felt both very sad and rather mad. (This will make some of you glad and others think I'm bad, because, in the end, life is a Dr Seuss book.)

I'm mad because celebrity status is consistently used to circumvent traditional legal adoption procedures . Never mind if thorough procedural analysis determines that a particular child would be better served remaining in their own community - uber-people like Madonna don't have time for that.

I'm mad, too, because there must be thousands of children in foster care in America, yet none of them are apparently newsworthy enough for the likes of Madge, Angelina, Meg Ryan et al. Sad little black faces scream of altruistic intervention and United Colours of Benetton coolness, whereas awkward looking whiteys simply allude to a mistake in one's past.

I'm sad because little Mercy James, the name of Madonna's newest adoptee, may well have been better off staying in her own community while still benefiting from the star's philanthropy. Her culture and heritage have been taken from her, only to be replaced by those of an adoptive parent who reportedly exercises four hours a day, goes on tour for several months of every year, and recently became a single mum.

Interestingly, one of the first children to be adopted by a Hollywood star last year spoke out to condemn the growing trend of celebrity adoptions. Christina Crawford, now 68, was one of four children adopted by actress Joan Crawford. …

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