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Madonna: Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple!

Madonna: Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple!

Madonna is thanking fans for helping to free a gay couple from Malawi prison.

“I have always believed love conquers all—yesterday I got to see it in action,” the 51-year-old Material Mom said in a statement. “In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal—the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release [on humanitarian grounds].”

When Madonna talks, Malawi listens!

Upon hearing of the Malawian court decision to imprison a gay couple, Madge said she was “shocked and saddened.”

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  • Bruna

    WOW. My family originate from Malawi and it’s a huge deal they freed them! I can’t believe it!? I have the upmost respect for her.

  • Emma

    Madonna is the most incredible woman I’ve ever seen.

  • Zainab

    Amazing ;___;

    Good for her, and all her fans who helped.

    Humanity makes me angry, embarrassed and above all, so sad. It’s beyond…….tragic that murderers & rapists have more rights and opportunities than people of Orientation. People who LOVE. Tragic.

  • dick

    Madonna looks like a human chicken wing

  • Mike

    @Emma: Emma, you obviously don’t get out much

  • Nic

    So happy about this, huge respect to Madonna for taking a stand for them, im still in shock they actually released them. Now all im hoping is that we dont hear soon, how one or both of them suddenly passed away in an “accident”.etc
    LOVE can not be killed, ever!

  • Trent

    Please forgive my ignorance here, I am genuine in asking.
    I read one of them is Trans?

    Does it just mean he were born female (albeit always felt male — and gay), underwent surgery to become fully male?

    OR, was born a male and is undergoing surgery to become FEmale?

  • Iffy Miffy

    Good for them. Of course this solves little in the long run and I hope she keeps pressuring them to abolish the law that allowed this insanity in the first place. That is the true threat because next time they’ll just use the law, hush up the sentence and that’s it.

  • http://www. HUMAN EQUALITY

    LOVE is ALWAYS the answer.

  • genna

    If I were famous and powerful, I would want to, I would try at least to do Humanitarian work like this. I would love to help developing countries so much. Once I turn 18, I’m going to apply for voluntary work >.<
    I hope this sort of justice continues and evolves. I really do.

  • Iffy Miffy

    A transsexual is a person who identifies with the gender opposite of their biological one, that’s all. Not all transsexuals undergo sex reassignment surgery. Sex reassignment therapy doesn’t even have to include surgery.

  • Amelle

    @Trent: He is a Trans-woman. Meaning he were born female — felt like a male trapped in a female’s, underwent surgery. :)

  • frances

    Clearly Madonna is not responsible for me signing this petition ! It’s great what she did publicly, but people do not need celebrities to feel concern about cases like this one.

  • JP

    The only reason they were released is because the UN prob. met with the Malawi government behind closed doors and probably told them they’d not get any aid or money if they abused human rights. All countries that violate Civil Rights should undergo the same thing.

  • :(

    I’m worried what will happen to them next, I hope they survive this ; [

  • Leila

    In my homecountry of Iran, if you are a male and undergo surgery to become female, or a female and undergo surgery to become male; or have intersex conditions, they allow you to live your life with your partner. They understand transgendered and transexual situations but gay and lesbian is still taboo because of the religious word. Which is obviously incredibly upsetting especially since there are SO many closeted people, married men & women, single men & women, and the youth — so many closeted people terrified to be true to society so they just live an incredibly depressing, cold lie for years and years in order not to be put to death or imprisoned. It’s weird they are still like this yet they respect Freddie Mercury who was part Iranian…

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  • tina

    long live the queen

  • yo sista

    Everyone deserves to love and to be loved. I don’t support being gay but i don’t have a problem with them, if that’s who they are, then who the hell are you to judge them?

    btw She’s such a Legend to be honest.

  • celi

    Although I am very happy for the couple and against all laws that ban or punish homosexuality, I find it a little disturbing how much power and influence Madonna has over Malawi’s internal affairs. Is Malawi so dependent on her support that they dare not oppose her? Is Malawi Madonna’s private backyard that local laws – however antiquated and strange they might appear to us – can be surpassed just like this? Worrying.

  • yo sista

    @Leila: It’s a shame. Someone who gets his ass on Jail or killed just because he’s gay. Who chooses to be gay? They did NOT. So if God created them gay, let him be the only one to judge them. Who the hell are they to decide this or that? After all they’re humans just like the rest of the World. I just find the injustice in this fu.cking world the most depressing thing, seriously.

  • yo sista

    @Zainab: Agree. :)

  • zee

    I can’t believe stuff like this still happens is 2010. So they’re releasing them but are they going to change the law?

  • religiousatheist

    Madonna continues to give back so much to society. A true human being. I also just saw “I Am Because We Are” which she made in 08. Bravo for those high profile people who risk their popularity in order to speak out against injustice.

    I hope she will get involved with Clitoraid also. (

    Almost 30 years in the limelight now, huh, Madonna? :-) And how many with the elevated spirituality now? WHat a beautiful life we have, huh? :-))

    Thank you for you. Thank you all for “you”.

  • xxx

    Love how Madonna’s taking all the credit for this… pfft…. there are actually REAL heroes out there who dedicate their lives to charity and humanitarian efforts every day of their lives…. Madonna doesn’t she just shows up when she needs some press….

  • bae

    That’s awesome. I am glad she spoke up on this matter

  • bae

    That’s awesome. I am glad she spoke up on this matter

  • Carla

    Awesome. :) They deserve a happy life.

  • julie

    LMAO at all of you who think Madonna needs to or is taking credit for this. Truthfully, how many of you would know about this case if Madonna hadn’t made such a big deal about it? And how quickly if AT ALL they would release them if Madonna hadn’t gone out and said: “Hey, listen world, this is terrible that they’re doing!” No one would know and Malawi could hide behind it. We all know this happens all the time and if she did bring it to attention, you should all say AWESOME instead of looking for a freaking needle in the hay. Bitter people. Go Madonna! (And I’m not one of those crazy fans either)

  • black

    Do you honestly believe that this made much of a difference to this couple?
    Hell, if the government wanted to send them to jail for this, how do you think will the masses react when seeing these two again?
    Especially now that everyone knows their faces, names and “crime”.

  • Cheryl

    Being from Africa myself I think it is fair comment to say the influency Madonna has over Malawi is quite scary – but yet understandable. Malawi following Haiti is the poorest nation on Earth. POOREST, do you understand what that means, most people have no education, no food to eat and are HIV positive with no hope for the future. Madonna with her charitable works in Malawi have given many people there hope – the government would be very stupid to not listen when she speaks. But hey they are politicians so who knows. And I can almost say for certain if one of these men is transexual he has not had gender reasignment surgery, as this would be well beyond the means of the average African. Homosexuality is not widely accepted in any Black African culture. This not unique to Malawi, as Madonna is not involved in other African countries you just don’t get to hear about it.

  • good news!

    Thanks to Madonna and thanks to Ricky Martin who supported Madonna’s request!

  • bigblackman

    Most black men do not accept homosexuality. We believe that it is a white man’s perversion. We prefer to have sex with big fat ugly white women. That’s just how it is.

  • Ravynwolfe

    I will honestly boycott anything that comes out of Malawi (what does? I’ll have to Google) until this country changes its ways. I can’t condone prejudice and bigotry. Likewise many other countries who have these laws.

  • Ew

    THOSE GUYS ARE GROSS … hopefully they change before they die, or we all know were there going!!!!

  • Linda

    How can people support her for her bad behaviour, I mean freeing them from the prison, why, and for what? They must get to know the punishment of the hell of doing that!!!

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