While I am aware that I am in grave danger of becoming obsessed by the Madonna with Child, I couldn't help noticing this:
Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg said the star was "going to do her best to not make it a public circus".
During 18 months of temporary custody the couple "will be evaluated by the courts of Malawi per the tribal customs of the country," the statement said.
Two things about this strike me. Firstly, the decision to fly by private jet home without a vulnerable one year old child you wish to adopt - allowing him instead to travel home with a bodyguard and a nanny would not tend to suggest, in my view, that the new adoptive child and its needs are exactly top priority. Would it have killed her to hang around and take "her son" home with her?
For most people, having a new baby is kind of a big deal. If she wanted to avoid turning this into a public spectacle, and she wanted to allay the suspicions that her visit to Africa was merely a shopping trip, she might want to have lent the situation a little more gravity. Nothing says "I take parenting seriously" quite like pointing at the kid you want and asking for it to be packaged and delivered to your door later that week...
And what in the name of our condascending lord does the spokeswoman mean when she describes the Malawian Court System as being the home of "tribal custom"?
How cute! How quaint! Look at the poor backward African folk and their twee little "customs"!You know, like the custom of not allowing rich white women to walk in and grab whichever cute little child takes their fancy.....