Madonna Says Malawi Criticism Is ‘Ridiculous’
The ‘Good Girl Gone Wild’ singer hit back at President Joyce Banda’s claims she demanded VIP treatment – including preferential treatment for herself and her entourage at an airport, and an audience with the nation’s leader – during her recent visit to the African country to oversee her charity Raising Malawi, and has accused the president of spreading “lies”.
In a statement released via her charity, the 54-year-old star said: “I’m saddened that Malawi’s President Joyce Banda has chosen to release lies about what we’ve accomplished, my intentions, how I personally conducted myself while visiting Malawi and other untruths. I have no intentions of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations.”
The pop superstar – who has two adopted children from the poverty-stricken country, David and Mercy – went on to insist the political feud would not deter her from continuing with her charity work, which includes building schools to education the nation’s young children.
She wrote: “I came to Malawi seven years ago with honourable intentions. I returned earlier this month to view the new schools we built. I did not ever ask or demand special treatment at the airport or elsewhere during my visit. I will not be distracted or discouraged by other people’s political agendas. I made a promise to the children of Malawi and I am keeping that promise.”
Madonna’s statement comes just 24 hours after Banda’s government released a scathing statement, alleging that the ‘Hung Up’ hitmaker feels her government should have “rolled out a red carpet and blasted 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 a candidate for VIP treatment.”
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