Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jolie




Today’s post is about Angelina Jolie.  Oh, come on.  You know I’m Team Jennifer all the way, but, for purposes of this post, Jen doesn't get top billing because she's not a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Ambassador.   Despite my best intentions, I find myself admiring Ms Jolie for electing to use her fame, fortune, and energy to help the millions of people throughout the world who have been affected by war and natural disasters.

I know Jolie is a home wrecker.  And no, I’m not just pissed because it’s not me bearing beautiful children for Brad Pitt.  Well, not too pissed, at least.  It’s just that when I watch her speak I still sometimes hearken back to that night when she and Billy Bob Thornton announced on NATIONAL TV that they “got it on” in the limo on the way to the awards ceremony while her FATHER, John Voight, was standing right behind them.  Ew.

And then she went and hooked up with Brad Pitt, who was married, while they were working together on the set of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (which I, of course, promptly boycotted.  ‘Cause I have scruples.  And love Jennifer Anniston).

And then, Poof!

She transformed herself.  Totally.  And I must admit, I’m amazed. 

Together, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations throughout the world.  They are listed among the top ten charitable celebrities – surrounded by other notably benevolent personalities such as Bono, Ellen Degeneres, and Annie Lennox.

In 2001, after filming “Tomb Raider” in Cambodia, Jolie turned to the Office of the UNHCR to offer her assistance in helping alleviate the plight of refugees and displaced persons throughout the world.  Since then she has worked tirelessly traveling the world donating her time and financial support in an effort to help eradicate rural poverty.

And, guess what?  I think she has been quite successful.  I mean, after all, who doesn’t know about her humanitarian aid?  These days, Jolie is best known for her humanitarian efforts instead of her wild off screen behavior.  And, if you’re a man, I guess you know about her because she’s beautiful.

Still, I can’t get that image of her and Billy Bob out of my mind….

22 comments:

  1. I admire Angelina for her humanitarian efforts. Each of us wear so many masks in our lives. I think she is both a wild childe and a lover of hurting children. No one is just one thing but is a jewel with many facets. Still, I notice darkly that some days after some scandelous headline, Angelina is making some humanitarian effort. Is it PR? Perhaps. Only she knows. Let us just be happy for the real good she and Brad are doing, Roland

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  2. i don't think brad and jennifer were made for each other anyway and sooner or later they would have split--i like angelina :)

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  3. I think you are both right - Jen and Brad were obviously drifting apart or else he would not have been interested in Jolie (and let's face it, they've been together for quite some time now). Also, I think she is a bit wild still, but haven't we all grown since our 20's? Having children changes a person, and I am truly amazed by how she has responded to the needs of others through the years. I chose her because I feel she has used her success to help accomplish so much! I forgot to mention that the Jolie-Pitt foundation donated $500,000 to help rebuild Joplin after the tornado. We will always be grateful to them for that!

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  4. I agree...Angelina olie has made tremendous inroads with humanitarian efforts and good for her! I applaud her and hope she continues!

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  5. It's good when people use their fame to help others. I can certainly admire that!

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  6. Initially I was so upset about the hook-up between Jolie and Pitt, but now I look back and see how much GOOD they have done together, and I can't help but be so appreciative and admiring of how tirelessly they work to try and make the world a better place.

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  7. Brad grew up a few miles from where I live. I prefer Jennifer. :)

    Teresa

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  8. Hi Dawn. Firstly, thanks for finding my blog. I've followed you back. Thanks for your kind comments on my childhood theme.

    I saw a great interview with Angelina re her humanitarian work and she had me convinced that she really has her heart in it. Or so it seemed. And they are certainly generous with their donations. Good for them!

    Denise

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  9. Teresa - Brad's aunt was my son's third grade teacher when the Angelina/Jennifer thing happened. I asked her what her sister (Brad's mom) thought about the whole situation and she just shook her head! But, truly, I have to admit that Angelina has matured so much over the years. And so many have benefited from her generosity. It is hard even for me to continue to criticize her :-) I'm both inspired and humbled by the work Brad and Angelina have done.

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  10. Denise, thank you so much for stopping by and for following!

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  11. I have to give credit where credit is due...regardless of what I think of a person otherwise. It really does seem that her heart is genuinely in her humanitarian work and I applaud her for that.

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    1. I agree, Tracy! It is amazing what she has done.

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  12. I guess she *does* have some positive qualities.

    -Barb the French Bean

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    1. I know - who would have guessed?

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  13. I think she is absolutely gorgeous and absolutely weird. Her humanitarian efforts really are to be commended but I don't think she is well - in the head I mean. Never mind the admission about the limo snog you referred to, what about the vials of blood? The knife play during sex? The rather inappropriate kiss with her own brother? Yikes!! And for the record I do love Jennifer Aniston. She handled that with such class it amazed me. But I don't really blame Jolie for all of that. It was Brad who stood and made a committment to Jennifer - not Angelina. Know what I mean?

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    1. Pam, I do know what you mean - about all of the things you mentioned! I also was concerned by how incredibly thin she was during the Oscars. But, there is still no denying her humanitarian efforts, is there? Here is my new wish: to be as caring and concerned as those philanthropic celebrities without being weird. Is that too much to ask?

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  14. You have to admire her beauty and strength in spite of some of her choices. She still kicks butt, but I like Jen too

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  15. I'm thinking Brad had a hand in the relationship too; he wouldn't have been "stolen" if he didn't want to; I guess "takes two to tangle". But you are right, the two of them are doing great things for charity with their foundations and that is a good thing indeed!

    betty

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    1. I agree, Betty, but it's just more fun to blame Angelina than Brad! LOL
      Course, now she's gone and done great stuff, making me change my opinion....

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  16. In addition to Angelina's humanitarian efforts, I also admire her independence. She dances to the beat of her own drum (and yes it sometimes plays an odd beat.) She is a strong woman, and we can always use strong women role models. Thanks for mentioning Bono in your post. I've been in love with him since 1983 :)

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    1. You know, there is a lot of truth to what you have said. Sometimes we confuse strong and independent with weird and non-conformist, especially with women. I am just as much to blame sometimes, and that is sad. I am trying to get better about this, and this is why I wrote about her. (-: Of course Bono epitomizes using celebrity status to bring about world change. He walks the walk, and still somehow manages to exude more coolness than anyone I've ever seen.

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