In which Malawi gives Madonna a spinning roundhouse kick


So Malawi was graced by another visit from Madonna recently. Somewhat miffed that she hadn’t received an invitation to go meet with President Joyce Banda, she wrote an overly-personal message to Banda (“Dear Joyce”) to ask if they could meet. To slightly complicate things further, the head representative of Madonna’s charity went after the President’s sister (who used to work for the Raising Malawi) and complained that the Material Girl wasn’t getting the right treatment from the government:

Madonna can continue her work here [even] if the politicians donā€™t want to welcome her because her work is all about the children who are here. The politicians can stay. Even donors are also surprised that government is treating Madonna like this when she is the biggest private donor in the country

In response, the Malawian government released an 11-point passive-aggressive smackdown. You can read the whole thing here, but one particular point stood out as being awesome and seriously bad ass:

7. If the argument is that because she is an internationally renowned star, and, therefore, Madonna believes she deserved to be treated differently from other visiting foreigners, it is worth making her aware that Malawi has hosted many international stars, including Chuck Norris, Bono, David James, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville who have never demanded state attention or decorum despite their equally dazzling stature. [Emphasis added]


Hat tip to Kim Yi Dionne atĀ haba na haba, who has covered both Madonna’sĀ PR gaffsĀ and theĀ government response.



One thought on “In which Malawi gives Madonna a spinning roundhouse kick

  1. Kim Yi Dionne

    April 11, 2013 at 6:49pm

    One downside to my leaving TX is that I will no longer live close to Chuck Norris. It wasn’t until the statement from the statehouse that I realized he and I had Malawi travels in common.

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