Madonna Appeals Adoption Ruling

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MadonnaOn Friday, Malawian Judge Esmie Chondo denied Madonna's bid to adopt 4-year-old Mercy James.

But Malawian authorities didn't get the memo -- you don't mess with the Material Mom.

Almost as soon as the Judge delivered her ruling, Madonna's attorney Alan Chinula informed the press that an appeal had been filed.

In an unusual move, Guy Ritchie issued a statement in support of his ex-wife, calling her a "fantastic and loving mother," who "is motivated only by being a caring parent who seeks to share some of the advantages and opportunities that her life has given her." Ritchie also said that he "fully supported...her decision to apply for this adoption, and I am saddened that her application has been rejected." Pretty nice words for a woman who he decided he couldn't live with.

All kidding aside, it's unclear how the court can deny this adoption when it allowed the first one to occur. I agree with the notion that you can't "buy children," but who exactly is Madonna hurting by adopting another child? One of our commenters wrote that "we should remember that most people in Malawi do not live beyond the age of 50, [therefore] Mercy's life expectancy increases straight away by being adopted." I can't confirm or deny the average life expectancy of people who live in Malawi, but clearly Mercy will have far more opportunities in the U.K. living with Madonna than she will in her home country.

I also can't help but wonder, as Shannon did over at, why Madonna is getting slammed for her adoption efforts while Angelina Jolie is practically being considered for sainthood. We hear numerous glowing reports about the Jolie-Pitts, see soft focus shots that Brad took of the family, and generally ooh and ahh at how cute the whole clan is. Madonna? Well, if you believe what the press writes about her, she's a self-centered loon who is trying to steal children away from loving families. What's up with that?

I have to admit that I didn't think "Madonna Adoption II: The Sequel" would be much of a story. But it looks like there's more to come. Stay tuned...

Brett Singer is the editor-in-chief of

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