Not So Much in the Trenches

May 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm 3 comments

While on the topic of celebrities, does it bother anyone else that Angelina Jolie is probably the only mother in the world commended for bringing a fifth and sixth child into the world? During an interview on the Today show, Jack Black said to Angelina that she and Brad would “have as many as [the] ‘Brady Bunch’ when you have these,” making official all the twin rumors swirling around her protruding navel.

Normal citizens in metropolitan areas typically face ridicule and downward glances when strangers find out #6 is on the way. But society is expected to bask in the glow of Angelina and Brad’s children and hearken the arrival of more jutting cheek bones and pouty lips. Yes, the Jolie-Pitts support more humanitarian causes than the average celebrity. Yes, it’s noble of her to adopt children from impoverished countries and endure pregnancy.

But when educated, married mothers who are handling six children without a staff of twelve, (as in no night nurses, full-time nannies, cooks, personal trainers, drivers and stylists), are demeaned for “irresponsibly” populating the earth, it’s such a double standard.

No doubt the new Brady Bunch will get photographed by Annie Liebovitz for the cover of Vanity Fair after Angelina delivers. Just be sure at that time to recognize the unsung heroes who are scrubbing macaroni and cheese and nail polish out of their kid’s hair themselves.

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Celebrity Disguises The Un-Manager

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. cburt  |  May 16, 2008 at 1:49 am

    AMEN to this! Well said, JL. I do have to admit that I occasionally look at some very large families with totally unkempt children and wonder why.

    I could have used this yesterday while I was giving my son bath #2 of the day at 4:00, scrubbing the poop off of practically every inch of his body. And have I mentioned that I’m 9 months pregnant?

  • 2. Patty  |  May 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Right away I will say that I am old fashioned, though my comment will reveal that without my saying so. I heard on the radio this morning that on her show today (taped yesterday) that in light of yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision, Ellen is going to announce her upcoming marriage to Portia. Cue the applause. Brad and Angie are having yet another child (twins!) without being married. Again, cue the applause. I’m living in an upside down world. (Perhaps this should be my own blog and not a comment on yours — sorry.)

  • 3. critts  |  May 19, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I agree – well said JL! Might I also add my grievance that no one has made negative comments about the ages or spacing of their children (*gasp…6 under the age of 6*) and yet most women are criticized for spacing their children either too close or too far apart. I bet she never hears comments like “gosh, you must have your hands full”. Double standard.


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