Malawi Blasts Madonna After Visit Row
Star compared unfavourably to Chuck Norris and Gary Neville in rant...
Madonna has found herself embroiled in possibly the strangest news story of her long career after getting involved in a spat with the Malawian government.
The pop legend was given both barrels by the government after apparently throwing a strop about the way she was treated on a recent visit to the country from which she has controversially adopted two children.
Madge is claimed to have been left fuming after being stood up by the country's president Joyce Banda - and then being forced to queue with the plebs from economy when she came to leave the country.
The Mirror quoted a government spokesperson as saying: "If the argument is that because she is an internationally renowned star, Madonna believes she deserved to be treated differently from other visiting foreigners, it is worth making her aware that Malawi has hosted many international stars, including Chuck Norris, Bono, David James, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Neville who have never demanded state attention or decorum despite their equally dazzling stature.
"In the feeling of Madonna, the Malawi government and its leadership should have rolled out a red carpet and blasted the 21-gun salute in her honour because she believes that as a musician, the whiff of whose repute flies across international boundaries, she automatically is a candidate for VIP treatment."
And the official behind the statement - suspected to be the president herself - was clearly only just getting warmed up at that point, with plenty more still to come as they broached the subject of her adopted children.
"Granted, Madonna has adopted two children from Malawi. According to the record, this gesture was humanitarian and of her accord.
"It therefore comes across as strange and depressing that for a humanitarian act, prompted only by her, Madonna wants Malawi to be for ever chained to the obligation of gratitude.
"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."
According to the paper, Madge responded by saying that she would continue to help educate children in the country.
"I'm saddened that Malawi's president has chosen to release lies about what we've accomplished, my intentions, how I personally conducted myself while visiting Malawi and other untruths. I have no intentions of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations."