Malawi accuses Madonna of emotional blackmail
Emotional blackmail. No, it’s not Madonna’s new hit single, but rather one of the accusations hurled at the pop star in a statement released by the Malawi State House on Thursday. Earlier this week, we wrote about the material girl’s less-than-stellar trip to the country, which included a series of faux pas that angered and ...
Emotional blackmail. No, it’s not Madonna’s new hit single, but rather one of the accusations hurled at the pop star in a statement released by the Malawi State House on Thursday.
Earlier this week, we wrote about the material girl’s less-than-stellar trip to the country, which included a series of faux pas that angered and offended the country’s president, Joyce Banda. Today, tensions between the government and Madonna escalated as Malawi released a comprehensive document detailing its grievances. The full text was published in the Nyasa Times, but here are some of the highlights:
Madonna feels that the Malawi Government and its leadership should have abandoned everything and attended to her because she believes she is a music star turned benefactor who is doing Malawi good….
[I]n the feeling of Madonna, the Malawi Government and its leadership should have rolled out a red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute in her honour because she believes that as a musician, the whiff of whose repute flies across international boundaries, she automatically is candidate for VVIP [see definition] treatment.
The document then goes on to "put the record straight" with 11 bullet points. Number three accuses Madonna of emotional blackmail regarding her adoption of two Malawian children:
It, therefore, comes across as strange and depressing that for a humanitarian act, prompted only by her, Madonna wants Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude. Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous. If it can’t be free and silent, it is not kindness; it is something else. Blackmail is the closest it becomes.
Number seven, meanwhile, draws our attention to the gaggle of "equally dazzling" celebrities who have visited Malawi without demanding star treatment, including Chuck Norris and Bono. Ouch.
Number nine may be the most cutting:
For her to accuse [President Banda’s sister] Mrs. Oponyo for indiscretions that have clearly arisen from her personal frustrations that her ego has not been massaged by the state is uncouth, and speaks volumes of a musician who desperately thinks she must generate recognition by bullying state officials instead of playing decent music on the stage.
Madonna responded with a statement on her website that called the allegations against her "ridiculous," adding that she was "saddened that Malawi’s President Joyce Banda has chosen to release lies." In what could perhaps be construed as further emotional blackmail, the singer then went on to list her accomplishments in the country, which include raising "millions of dollars in Malawi to support orphans and vulnerable children." I wouldn’t bet on Malawi’s leaders sending a thank-you note.