International Writers Magazine: Life
Jolie Good Time
months ago the Hollywood star Angelina Jolie finally had her first
biological baby with Brad Pitt. Including two adopted children,
they now have three. Their estimated wealth is currently $150
million and either of them can command easily over $10 million
for one film. Mr Pitt reportedly got $20 million and Ms Jolie
$10 million for their film Mr and Mrs Smith. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
was born on May 27. Brangelina is set to inherit at
least $50 million of the Pitt-Jolie fortune one day.
Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie
are excellent actors. I admire their work. I also like the fact that
they give hundreds of millions of dollars to their favourite charities.
They dont have to. The government of Namibia said that to celebrate
the birth of their daughter there, Ms Jolie and Mr Pitt donated $300,000
to help other babies in the impoverished African country.
But come on, they are only actors and they are only acting! Do we live
in a world where acting is considered more worthy than being a doctor,
teacher or nurse? Indeed we do if we go by the financial rewards dished
out. Brangelina has been born with a silver spoon in her mouth that
her head would have to be the size of the Grand Canyon for it to fit
in and her neck muscles with the strength of steel to hold it. I think
you will agree that is some silver spoon.
But dont be shocked. Most of us merely laugh in astonishment at
the rewards doled out to superstars. Of course, few of us may think
that their talent and ability merit the type of financial remunerations
given (but many do), but hey thats life! Thats the way the
market works. Thats the way the cookie crumbles
other number of sayings to be said while holding ones hands in
the air in complete and utter resignation.
Little Brangelina will never want for anything. She will inherit $50
million that she never earned, will go to the best schools, and will
be pampered from cradle to grave. In the weeks leading up to her birth,
the couple retreated to Namibia for government-assisted privacy. Ms
Jolie had the best bodyguards, nutritionists, gynaecologists and health
care team that money can buy. And when Brangelina grows up she can,
if she so wants, own a hundred pairs of shoes that if she lived to be
one hundred, she would never be able to wear out (or even wear). But
thats no crime. In todays world, where most people have
a real struggle to get by, it is totally acceptable. Yet let some needy
person in the US work all day long for a pittance and steal a single
pair of shoes from a big corporate store and that is without doubt a
Unfortunately both the underprivileged and the Jolie-Pitts are victims
of an upside down world of warped values, albeit in different ways.
Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie know it. In a joint statement released shortly
after the birth of their daughter, they said that while they celebrated
the joy of the birth, they recognised that two million babies born every
year in the developing world die on the first day of their lives. They
went on to say that these children can be saved, but only if governments
around the world make it a priority. I admit to having a soft spot for
Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie own all they will ever need. They and their children
may vacation wherever they want and can live in any number of mansions
of their choice. Its not a crime is it? Perhaps not. The massive
rewards and huge privileges received are totally acceptable within the
framework of todays standards. Its just the standards that
are absolutely criminal.
© Colin Todhunter
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