– Statemetn from Malawi President Joyce Banda's office
In the feeling of Madonna, the Malawi Government and its leadership should have rolled out the red carpet and blast 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 candidate for VVIP treatment.
Granted, Madonna is a famed international musician. But that does not impose an injunction of obligation on any government under whose territory Madonna finds herself, including Malawi, to give her state treatment. Such treatment, even if she deserved it, is discretionary not obligatory.
Malawi's government has accused Madonna of demanding special treatment during her recent visit to the country. A spokesman for the singer has dismissed the claims as "nonsense."