The latest person to jump on the celebrity adopt-a-kid-that-already-has-parents bandwagon is none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. While filing Blood Diamond in Mozambique, South Africa, Leo “fell in love” with a little girl who was on the set of his movie. The two of them apparently spent quite some time together and now the star has “adopted” her – sort of. Unlike Angelina Jolie and Madonna who have a penchant for stealing crying children out of their parents arms (i.e. Zahara and David Banda), in the name of philanthropy, Leonardo has decided against made-for-celebrity-kidnapping and has instead decided to allow the child to stay in her home country with her family and he will financially support her and phone her occasionally.
I say kudos’ for Leo he should stand as an example for all celebrities, this is exactly what Madonna and Angelina should have done. Instead taking the child away from their country, home, family, and culture to use as the latest Hollywood arm accessory (red strings and puppy dogs in handbags are so 2006), Leo decided to forsake his own selfishness and actually help the child – without turning the child into a “ Look at me!! See what good deeds I did,” humanitarian trophy that Madonna and Angelina famously wear as their status symbol, and as a way for them to promote their various projects.
While Leo may not have an adopted child to sling around at premiers he can go to sleep at night rest assured that their isn’t a parent crying herself/himself with grief over losing their only child to someone “better off”.