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Madonna may be pop royalty in much of the world, but apparently that standing doesn't hold water in Malawi.
The Material Mom is in a beef with the leaders of the African nation after her trip to the country last week. Officials there said she was acting like a diva, demanding VIP treatment.
The Malawi government says in a statement that Madonna believed that leadership there "should have rolled out a red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute in her honour." The lengthy statement goes on to acknowledge that Madonna has adopted two children from the country, but says "this gesture was humanitarian and of her accord. 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 obligation of gratitude."
Aside from adopting her son from Malawi in 2006 and a daughter three years later, Madonna has sought to bring awareness to the hardships faced by the children in Malawi, and co-founded the non-profit organization, Raising Malawi, to help and educate those in need. She also made I Am Because We Are, a film that documents the dire situation with AIDS in Malawi and challenges viewers to find answers to solve the crisis.
Madonna fought back by issuing her own statement, which says, "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."
She adds, "I have no intentions of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations. I came to Malawi seven years ago with honorable 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."
In the statement, Madonna claims the beef is the result of her relationship with Anjimile Mtila Oponyo, who is the sister of Malawi's president. She was once the head of Raising Malawi, but was fired. As a result she sued to group for wrongful termination.
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