So what do you get for the couple that has everything? Well if you live in Hollywood, a foreign baby may make the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.
Babies throughout the third world – put your game faces on; American movie stars are coming to a village near you. Trend or charity? It really isn’t that simple, adoptions are measured on a case-by-case basis, but international adoption has come into the spotlight, putting some stars in the hot seat.
Here’s the spark: after a week of visiting child-care charities in Africa, Madonna chose to adopt a 1-year-old Malawian baby named David. The father of the baby claims he did not know that he was giving his son up for adoption; he may have assumed she only wanted to borrow him for a video. The pop star said she would allow David to return to Malawi once he was 18 and let him decide where he wanted to live. Tough decision. (Can you see me winking?)
I am currently pushing a reality show called “The Adopter” to NBC. In it, children from various countries would compete to become the adopted child of Tommy Hilfiger in an elimination-style competition. Each week, Tommy would land his privately owned helicopter on a village mud hut and throw down sweaters; the child who does not receive a sweater must immediately pack their belongings and return to their home village.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not against adoption at all; but when purchasing a foreign child becomes a status symbol for celebrities, I begin to long for the days of Botox surgery and fur coats. Self-serving adoption is not only unhealthy, it’s irresponsible.
The U.S. population hit 300 million earlier this month; about 150,000 of those are children available for adoption.
Because let’s face it, anybody can adopt a kid from Brooklyn, right? But only a pop star can get a Malawian baby.
It’s true. Current legislation in Malawi does not even allow for international adoptions. So exactly how did Madonna get that baby out of the country? Money, perhaps. Meanwhile, I got stopped by airport security for a half bottle of lotion on a flight to New York.
But hey – we’re living a material world.