Monday, November 13, 2006

Bono: My mate Madge is right

Spectacularly missing the point, Bono has defended Madonna's adoption of David:

“Madonna should be applauded for helping to take a child out of the worst poverty imaginable and giving him a better chance in life.

“Baby David is lucky to have been adopted by someone who can give him a chance of survival in this world and I don’t think it’s fair that people are criticising her.”

Aw, poor Madonna being criticised. It's so unfair, isn't it?

Of course, Bono has totally missed the main objection is the way that Madonna has adopted - her magic fast-track which means nobody has had any chance to consider if she is the right person to be guardian of David. But then Bono is rich himself, and probably doesn't understand that just because you can grease wheels and ignore laws doesn't make it acceptable.

He also seems more worried about Madonna's feelings than the feelings of the father - who, clearly, has doubts about the whole process.

And Vox doesn't even consider the argument - put forcibly by people like Duncan Balantyne who have been working with orphans in Malawi for years - that it's far more important and valuable to help the children in situ; that the money goes further, helps more than one child and can be vital to helping reinvigorate an entire neighbourhood.

But then, it's wrong of us to be unfair to Madonna.