Hollywood starlets adopting brown babies might become less of a fad now that Madonna's petition to adopt a second Malawian child was rejected by a local judge, according to CNN.com.
The 50-year-old pop icon had filed a petition to adopt a 4-year-old girl, Chifundo James, whose first name translates to "Mercy" in Chichewa, the country's national language. She has three other children, including the son she adopted from the southern African nation in 2006. The rejection follows weeks of criticism by human rights activists, who said Madonna was using her fame to overrule a residency requirement for foreigners adopting in the country. —BB