Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer of ForeignPolicy.com has a great piece on Madonna’s recent trip to Malawi. It seems like Malawians are still a bit pissy over that whole promising to set up a school for girls in exchange for a couple of orphans and then not doing it thing. Check out some of the issues she encountered. Oh the horrors of traveling like a commoner (on your private jet).
- Though she was given VIP status in the airport upon arrival, on her way out of the country her special status was revoked, and Madonna was forced to wait in lines and go through security before boarding her private jet.
- A handwritten note she sent to President Joyce Banda was widely mocked, both for its informality (“Dear Joyce,” it started off, before congratulating Banda on her “new position” — “as if the barrier-breaking politician has earned a promotion at an insurance company,” the New York Daily News scoffed) and its misspellings (“What an honor and what a huge responsability!”)
- Her request to meet with Banda was ignored, and she was slammed by the president while still in country for reneging on a pledge to build an academy for girls and renovating existing classroom blocks instead — without government consent. (A widely circulating quote in which Banda accuses Madonna of making “poor people dance for her” is also a pretty brutal knock on the star, though the original source of the quote, the British tabloid the Sun, no longer seems to be using the quote in its entirety.)