President accuses Madonna of "blackmailing and bullying," disrespect.
Madonna loves Malawi, but Malawi doesn't necessarily love Madonna. The president of the East African nation, where the pop star adopted her son, David Banda, and her daughter Chifundo "Mercy" James, has issued a long press release accusing Madge of everything from "blackmailing and bullying" to making inappropriate music.
Madonna angered President Joyce Banda (no relation to David Banda) after, among other things, she failed to follow through on promises to build schools in Malawi.
"Among the many things that Madonna needs to learn as a matter of urgency is the decency of telling the truth," says Banda in her 11-point press release. "For her to tell the whole world that she is building schools in Malawi when she has actually only contributed to the construction of classrooms is not compatible with manners of someone who thinks she deserves to be revered with state grandeur. The difference between a school and a class room should be the most obvious thing for a person demanding state courtesy to decipher."
Banda also takes offense to the fact that Madonna complained about following routine check-in procedure at the local airport. Banda also insists the pop star deserves no special treatment — Madge wrote her a handwritten not requesting to visit with her and Banda refused, which made Madonna's reps complain to the press.
To read the full press release, click here.
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