Of all of the arguments raised in opposition to the Malawian judge’s decision to reject pop star Madonna’s application to adopt 3-year old Mercy James from the African nation, I want to focus on one in particular. Opportunity. In denying Madonna her request to adopt Mercy, bring her home (or to her potential homes plural), and raise her alongside Rocco, Lourdes, and David, the judge deprived Mercy of celebrity-level experiences and resources. If I were Mercy, I might have a few questions in a few years.
I welcome a counterpoint or two.