Malawian orphan to Madonna: “You are our god.”

Over the weekend, Madonna visited Malawi with her children. She went to break ground on the girls’ school she’s building through her Raising Malawi Foundation (and plant a tree clad in stilettos), and the estimated cost for the school is probably around $15 million. Now, we know that Madonna doesn’t like to spend money. Even if it’s money that’s been raised through her sketchy foundation (in which the money seems to take a detour to anything Kabbalah related). Thus, Madge needs us to donate to her foundation.

That’s right, Madge did a Sally Struthers-esque plea for donations on the Huffington Post yesterday, with a full article (here) and video (in which her face eerily doesn‘t move). Madge is pledging to meet our contributions dollar-for dollar, up to $100,000. While I think Madge’s heart-facsimile is in the right place generally (and CB notes that she think Madge really believes in what she’s doing), I can’t help but think that Madge just doesn’t want to fund all of her Kabbalah projects herself.

On that note, Us Weekly is running this story about Madge’s visit. Apparently, an orphan told Madonna: “You are our god.” You know Madge was eating that sh-t up:

On Tuesday, along with his mother and siblings Lourdes, Rocco and Mercy, David Ciccone Ritchie made his first return visit to the Malawi orphanage where Madonna found him in 2006.

The high point of the family’s outing at the Home Child Care Center in Mchinji, Malawi: when David, 4, and his adoptive mother approached his original crib.

“It was an emotional moment,” the center’s director, Lucy Chipeta, tells, noting that the pop star, 51, wept. “David is too young to understand . . . but for us who remember the sickly tiny little baby of 2006, it was hard to hold back tears, including Madonna.”

“He is so boisterous! I can’t believe he is the same chap of 2006,” orphanage founder Thomson Chipeta told Us.

And Madonna’s celebrity — her Raising Malawi charity has helped fund the orphanage and five others in the country — was not lost on the kids, either.

“You are our god,” one young orphan told her. “Where could we have been without you?”

An onlooker noted that Madonna looked bemused by the comment but “seemed cool with it.”

Next, the uniformed children performed a traditional “warrior dance,” with David eventually gyrating to the beat as he watched alongside Madonna. Later, he and Mercy played with his old friends and he spoke a few words in Chichewa, the language spoken there. (Mercy, on the other hand, can no longer speak Chichewa. “She is pure American now,” an observer said.)

Later this week, Madonna plans to meet with Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika — and with James Kamebewa, the biological father of Mercy.

“If this young man has a story Madonna wants to hear it. If Mr. Kambewa is the dad, then Madonna won’t shield him from Mercy,” a Raising Malawi source tells Us.

Malawi is one of the southern African countries greatly devastated with HIV/AIDS. At least 14 per cent of the 13.1 million population has HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS. There are over 2 million orphans, half of them as a direct result of HIV/AIDS.

[From Us Weekly]

While I applaud Madge for her efforts and the efforts of anyone attempting to affect positive change, I’ve said before that I have mixed feelings about Raising Malawi and the whiff of fraud around this whole endeavor. Recently, it was discovered that in the past year, Madonna’s only “charitable” giving was nearly $459,000 to the Kabbalah Centre. Not Raising Malawi, her own “charity” – which isn’t even registered as a charity. No wonder she’s asking for money.


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  1. Firestarter says:

    Good for her helping Malawi, but I will support the charities and causes I want to support, not ones that celebs want me to support.

  2. birdie says:

    This is offensive…As she sits in soft lighting, with an expensive marble column prominently displayed, thousands spent on creating the face that asks “you to get involved in Malawi.” Because she’s not rich enough to pay for her own sketchy charity projects?

    “It’s not just about stealing children from the local communities, it’s about paying them off so they forget.

    You can’t expect me to pay them off alone, although I will generously contribute 1/2 the funding needed for my vanity project, I would like you, Birdie, thousands of dollars in debt for your law degree, to think of others and make a donation to Raising Malawi. And all my fans who pay hundreds of dollars for a ticket to my concert, please know that some of your money is going to a good cause, but most of it is going to plastic surgery and interior decorators. So give more money to my charity and let me take the credit. They call me God. – Madonna”

  3. meow says:

    Wow! The only parts of her face that move are her eyes and lower jaw. Creepy video.

    I hope that she does love the country and continues to help out, even if it is for her own vanity.

  4. Kaiser says:

    Birdie – 😆 – That cracked me up!

  5. birdie says:

    Thanks Kaiser! I’m having a particularly salty morning and Madonna is going to take the brunt of my frustration. (She’s the Hailey to my Jon)

  6. Firestarter says:

    @Birdie- You forgot that in addition to plastic surgeons and interior decorators, that mopney is also going to Baby Jesus’ million dollar apartment and his $10k per month stipend.

    Great post!

  7. Anna says:

    @Birdie – you are so spot on. This is a farce. And notice how nowhere in the credits, nor in Madonna’s speech, there is any mention that she will only match donations up to 100k? Surely that’s illegal in some way or other to leave that information undisclosed.

    And her poor excuse for a face just freaks me out more and more. She used to be so lively and interesting-looking! Now I wouldn’t touch her with a ten foot pole. Or maybe it’s just a Halloween mask and it wasn’t even Madonna sitting there.

  8. bros says:

    when she sneezes, 100k comes out. she’s only matching up to 100k? what the F is that? talk about a cheap bitch with a madame puppet face.

  9. Trillion says:

    When Madonna’s face cracks off and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put her back together again, she’s going to move to Malawi and pull a Colonel Kurtz. You know it.

  10. Stephie says:

    Well said @birdie.

  11. Anna says:

    @Trillion: major, major, major ROFL!! I don’t watch a lot of reality TV but I would *pay* to watch that. Hah!

  12. maria says:

    H O R R I B L E !!!

    She is UNREAL! Yeah, she looks pretty Rich! sad, sad, sad EGOMANIAC!

    Maybe she could have “related” better to the real world and film in a more humble setting – only shows how “Queen like” she believes herself to be.

    How cute, she has a pet project – AND wants OUR help – And she APPRECIATES it so much!

    If it’s true she only matches $100,000 – TOTALLY PATHETIC!
    That’s a few pair of shoes/bags/lunches for her-whatever.

    Great to help others, but what an EGO this woman has… such a FAKE SPIRITUAL and condescending person she is.

    She has created something of a mass fortune and fame for herself – and she still has the coursage to ask US for help – what about knocking on her other BIG BUCKS BUDDIES – and match their $10,000 contributions – no, she matches each $1.00 from the little guy.

    She should be ashamed!

  13. GatsbyGal says:

    Fuck her. Instead getting all that plastic surgery and spending money on the private jet to fly her to Malawi, maybe she should’ve spent that money on her project.

  14. pickelhaube says:

    Hey Madonna, why don’t you take up a collection for the Third-World hellhole that is your hometown of Detroit? I’m sure they could use the help there…in case you haven’t heard, they’re in trouble too. God I hate her now, soliciting donations from Americans to support her charity when she should be helping her own country, especially her hometown. I guess there’s just no cool points in helping a place as plebian as Detroit though, it’s gotta be exotic and halfway around the world. Because think about it, the people in Detroit won’t feed her Messiah complex by calling her their God, so obviously they are not WORTHY of the great one’s help.

    She makes me sick to my stomach and I will not ever spend one more penny of my money on any of her crap.
    Support all the Malawian orphans you wish, Madonna, but I will not be contributing. I prefer to put my country and it’s needy first, because unlike you, I LIVE HERE, and the needy here in the US affect me more than the needy in Malawi, because I see the needy here every day. But they are just Americans, so who cares about them, right? Certainly not you, as is evidenced by all your anti-American rhetoric. But yet you want the people you insult and ignore to pay for YOUR pet project? When you’re richer than Croesus? F*CK YOU.

    Seriously though, how does anyone become so insufferable, and how do they make charity work into something that is all about THEM? She is so selfish, disgusting, and reprehensible that I want to vomit just looking at her. And her charity work does nothing to hide the fact that she is ugly, inside and out, and it will NOT wash away or atone for her sins, but it’s funny to see her try. She is such a scumbag.

  15. pickelhaube says:

    I hope the Malawians figure out what she’s all about, then sacrifice her dried-up, haggard, overly Botoxed grinning death’s head ass to some REAL God. That would be HILARIOUS!

  16. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Oooookay…thanks for that pickelhaube.

    Back in non anti-everywhere-thats-not-America world I have to say that Birdies post is spot on and Madges face looks painful!! There were pics of her at an event last month and she looked breathtaking – like 20yrs younger – now she’s just looking way too Kidman.

  17. TwinkleToes says:

    Pickle, that was a great post. As always, your post always shine a realistic light on many things. Loved that post about you not wanting woman friends, when I first noticed you.

    Do not support MADONNA or OPRAH and their causes. Madonna needs the admiration from the 3rd world ’cause she ain’t getting it from us. And as I wrote in another Madonna post here, the school is a waste of $$$ and if she was educated she would know to start a cottage industry helping the adults and children right now. A freaking girls school? Can you rip off Oprah any more shamelessly? How about SCHOOL for Madonna?! That I’d support. She needs to take courses in economics, marketing, political science, psychology and sociology. Then, she would have an a-ha moment and say to herself, “This is what all of those other people meant”. If we should donate to anything it is the “Madonna Needs An Education” fund. Pfft.

  18. pickelhaube says:

    (The other one)-

    I am not anti-everywhere-but-America, but I do feel that ALL people would be best served if we took care of our own first, because if everyone here in the US was productive and a contributing citizen, we’d have more people that would be able to help people from ALL countries. Sorry if it is offensive for me to love my country and put it first, but that’s just how I feel. I want to help everyone that needs it, but we have to have a starting point, and I feel the best place to start is right here in our own backyard. You see the fruits of your labor more when you are helping the needy in your own communities, and it also helps to foster unity, civic and national pride, and it sets a good example because we show that we value our own citizens. Think of how the needy here feel, in the land of plenty, when everyone who is in a position to help is spending their time, efforts and money on helping people halfway around the world. Don’t you think that leads to a sense of dis-unity and anger? I do.


    Why thank you! Yeah, Madonna sorely needs an education, but she’ll never get one, because she thinks she’s smarter and better than us ignorant average American proles. Also, I dislike Oprah as well, she is another smug, holier-than-thou preachy b*tch who thinks the world revolves around her. I don’t know why her and Madonna aren’t BFF’s, they are so much alike…and they should hang out because nobody else could stand to be around them. The “smug” they create should be contained in one location, lol.

  19. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    It’s not offensive to me that you are jingoistic on every single post you make – it’s just amusing. I warn you ahead of time, I shall continue to make light-hearted jibes at you pickle – pay no attention to me, it’s just the interwebs.

  20. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Ooh ooh and broadly I do actually agree with what you say about looking after our own helping to create community and unifying m’pickle but I have a broader outlook and I do buy into that global village crap I’m afraid!

    Also, I’m not in the US I’m in the Middle East and I’m not American so I dunno how it makes your fellow country-people feel to see other nations being helped – but I can speak for my own country folk and say that we’ve spent so long seizing lumps of land that don’t belong to us and giving it to other folks it doesn’t really belong to that I kinda feel like we should be concentrating on making that a bit better (I’m English btw – I know, boooooo!)

    Oh oh and one more tiny thing before I shut the hell up – one flaw in your reasoning in helping whatever your particular home nation is ‘first’ is that will the help ever be enough? Can you ever solve all the problems? If you are bigger and richer and stronger and better educated is it not your responsibility to help those less fortunate (speaking as a country – not individually)? What if one day you aren’t the biggest, strongest, richest and best educated and you really need help but no-one wants to help you cos we are all too busy taking care of ourselves?

    As I say, I broadly agree with your thoughts and sentiments but I don’t see a realistic way to make it work.

  21. birdie says:

    At least Oprah & others like the Jolie-Pitts don’t ask us for our hard earned dollars to fund their charity projects… They have the decency to recognize they are in the top .0001% of the wealthiest people in the world and if they want to give back they do it on their dollar.

    And the Malawian deity Madonna, she has the nerve to sit there in her 30 million dollar townhouse and ask us for money to support her shady charity. She could easily spend the $15 million it would take to build that girls school, but she is only willing to contribute $100,000 or less. Stingy Bitch! She spends more money than that to charter a private plane to fly her to Malawi. Ugh, this vain woman is all about appearances and her’s are fading fast.

  22. Firestarter says:

    Pickle- Good post!

  23. Katyusha says:


    Are you realted to Bob Hicks? Both of you are reeeaallll funny.

  24. jule says:

    I have a world vision kid, and I know that money also goes to helping the whole village and his parents. It helps the family get trained in jobs to sustain themselves. I also donate lots of food to the food bank in town. It might not be millions of dollars, but, I still feel like I am helping here at home and abroad! I don’t need some celebrity twit to tell me what to do.

  25. original kate says:

    many african economists are starting to reject the idea of aid because it destroys local economy. example: if 5,000 mosquito nets are bought in america or taiwan and shipped to malawi, local mosquito net makers in malawi go out of business, helping to reinforce dependance and adding to the yoke of aid debt so many countries are racking up and cannot repay, thus helping keep them poor. microfinancing, not aid, is the key to helping developing nations get out of poverty & stay out of poverty. investing in the country’s economy is key – if aid worked it would have worked by now.

    in other news: madge is still rocking the faux british accent.

  26. pickelhaube says:

    (The other one)-

    I see where you are coming from, and yeah I am a bit jingoistic and probably overly patriotic, but that’s just (some) Americans for ya! I like the English, believe it or not, though, and being in the Middle East I can see how you might be a little more in tune with the global village idea. Out of curiosity, what country are you in?

    And yes, that flaw in my reasoning is a good one, but honestly, if the US was in trouble tomorrow, I seriously doubt anyone would help us, because the world hates our guts (probably with good reason in some cases), despite the billions we send each year in foreign aid. So giving help doesn’t necessarily mean that we will get it when we need it…but if we gave help just to get it, that would be a pretty crappy, self-serving thing to do. So I don’t know what the right thing to do on a large scale is. However, for me personally, I like to see the fruits of my labor, and since I live in this country, I like to feel like I’m helping make it a better place. If I lived somewhere else, I’d probably help out there as well. Just because I like helping people. Maybe we should just put ourselves a little higher on the priority list, and continue to help other countries as well….? Maybe that’s reasonable?

    Still hate Madonna though!

  27. TwinkleToes says:

    Congrats to CB! You did it. You have the finest celebrity blog that attracts the finest posters. I guess I’ll let that “awaiting moderation” thing slide. You know what you are doing and thank you. This blog is just FINE.

  28. pickelhaube says:


    THAT is aid I can support, whether here in the US or abroad, because it teaches people to help themselves, which can only be a good thing.

  29. pickelhaube says:

    Haha TwinkleToes, I just KNOW you are referring to me…right? 🙂

  30. stillahomegirl says:

    i’d like you to get involved in raising money to save her face. it’s not moving anymore.

  31. Eden says:

    I am sick of people in Hollywood, that make MILLIONS, asking American citizens to give their money to other countries. Celebrities are insanely RICH and if each one of them lived on the same social scale as the average American and gave the rest of their wealth to these countries, there would be no poverty in these 3rd world countries. But Hollywood wants us to give our money while they buy $2500 purses, live in multiple mansions, vacation to exclusive islands and drink $800 bottles of champagne! Are you kidding me???

    I do volunteer work b/c I can’t afford to give money so I give my time.

  32. ick says:

    it’s tiresome to read all these comments. I don’t really care about Madonna, but if she brings attention to other parts of the world that we, in the west, tend to ignore, then I applaud her. Over and out.

  33. TwinkleToes says:

    Dur, Pickel, yes it was, like, duh (joking). Look for your posts and eat them up and I was more than happy to defend you last week when someone called you ugly. I know a beauty when I see one and here, we have a beauty on our hands and beauts have a lot of wisdom because of their view of the world since, like 3 yrs. old. Remember, beautiful woman make the best friends because they have nothing to prove. Your next female friend, make sure she has more than you and you can embrace female friendship again. Avoid the not-so-pretty do nothings for they are all about competition to prove to you and themselves that they are better than you. Avoid those busted crazies!

  34. Madisyn says:

    Someone PLEASE help me understand this! If Madonna is only going to match $100,000 dollars of a $15 million dollar project, where is the other $14 million, $900,000 supposed to come from? This is HER BRIBE to the Malawian government for those 2 adopted kids, why are we supposed to come up with the addition funds?