In the village of Chimala in Malawi, almost everybody knows Madonna. Chimala is the place where Malita; David Banda's late biological mother came from. A cousin of David Banda who has access to the internet and reads the whereabouts of Madonna has repeatedly asked his relatives: "Was it really a good idea to give to this woman our son? Isn't she (Madonna) a prostitute?" The concerns came after seeing the provocative images of Madonna's latest photo shoot of her album cover showing her wrapped and strapped in bandages. David's cousin who accepted to talk on condition of anonymity said that he was saddened when he read about "Madonna's adventures with baseball star Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), model Jesus Luz and British film director Guy Ritchie while leaving David Banda, my cousin at home"
In Malawi, women are labeled as prostitutes when they wear revealing, tight or simply suggestive clothes as it is translated as advertising their bodies for sexual favors. Also in Malawi, having more than one "boyfriend" or partner is a sign of prostitution. This could apply to men or women.
David Banda's cousin who is currently in his last year of high school; believes that Madonna should do what is best for her "son" which according to him is to "return him to my uncle(Yohane Banda) with financial assistance in order for him to grow up in his own culture and speak Chichewa and not English"
Though not every Malawians agree with him, David Banda's cousin believes that if he saw a woman in Malawi, dressed up like Madonna and doing the things that she does; he will conclude that she is a prostitute because that is how sex workers are in Malawi. When asked if his views were not blinded by ignorance; he responded: "Malawians have lived for centuries by themselves, we should not be forced to see things the way the West sees them. If according to their culture what Madonna does is not prostitution, then that is their own business. But according to Malawian standards Madonna is a prostitute"
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