It looks like Madonna’s humanitarian efforts have rankled a few feathers in Malawi, after her unannounced visit to the African country didn’t get the attention the pop star felt she deserved.
As detailed by The Guardian, this is not Madonna’s first scrape with Malawian officials or Malawian President Joyce Banda, founder and leader of the People’s Party. Madonna has previously pointed blame at Malawi officials, most notably after plans to build a school for impoverished girls spearheaded by Madonna collapsed.
It wasn’t a multi-million dollar charitable school that angered Madonna this time, it was an airport line. After having to wait through security at the airport with, well, the rest of us “normal” people, Madonna fumed to the press, claiming President Banda had a “grudge” against her.
The Malawian government did not take Madonna’s complaining lightly. An 11-point statement was released from the Malawian State House addressing the issue.
Among the jucier details, the statement attempted to teach Madonna the meaning of kindness, saying, “Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous. If it can’t be free and silent, it is not kindness; it is something else. Blackmail is the closest it becomes.”
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