Last week we got to meet Doug Pitt, Brad Pitt‘s younger brother who spoke up for his Mom and his family after Jane Pitt wrote that now infamous anti-gay, anti-Obama letter. And now Jon Voight (Angelina Jolie‘s papa) has come to the defense of Mama Pitt as well. And he’s not alone. Although many might be ‘over’ this story, I think it’s getting more interesting because we now have groups of people bashing Jane Pitt, which is garnering her more sympathy and support. Deets and a few philosophical quandaries inside.
The Hollywood Reporter says Papa Jolie supports Mama Pitt:
Brad Pitt’s father-in-law-to-be — Jon Voight — spoke out in defense of the superstar’s mother, Jane, who has come under intense fire because she wrote a letter to her local newspaper expressing conservative Christian social views—and a preference for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.
Academy Award-winner Voight, is more than just Angelina Jolie’s dad, he’s also one of Hollywood’s most reliable conservative voices. On Tuesday, he flatly told Fox News that he agrees with Jane Pitt’s views. “Good for her” for expressing them, Voight said.
The controversy concerning Pitt’s mom arose after she wrote a letter to Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader in which she described Obama as “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.” The paradox is that Jane Pitt’s missive was intended as a plea for tolerance and a response to another News-Leader correspondent who argued that Christians should not vote for Romney because he’s a Mormon. The star’s mother argued that fellow Christians should give “prayerful consideration” to supporting the presumptive GOP nominee, who she called a man of “high morals” whose values she contrasted with those of Obama.
Because of her famous son, the roof fell in, and Pitt quickly found herself being reviled as a homophobe.
A number of leading conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh, also have come to Jane Pitt’s defense. The most extensive defense so far, however, has come from National Review Online columnist Michelle Malkin, who pointed out that much of the anti-Pitt vitriol has involved figures associated with Hollywood and gay groups based in California. Malkin accused both of advancing a double standard, which advocated tolerance—except for views like Jane Pitt’s.
She quoted extensively from the deluge of often-obscene Tweets that have surged through social media. One read: “BRAD PITT’S MOM WROTE AN ANTI-GAY PRO-ROMNEY EDITORIAL. KILL THE B***H.” Another: “Brad Pitt’s mom, die,” while another read, “Brad Pitt’s mother . . . what a brainless old b***h..”
Read more here.
Hmmmm, interesting… Do yo guys think there’s a liberal double standard? Do many of us call for tolerance and understanding, even as we are intolerant and refuse to understand the views from the “other side”? And if so, what’s the solution? Perhaps it’s just a matter of speaking up, without spewing hate. I’d love to hear what you guys think.
Also, Angelina Jolie and her Dad have had plenty of drama in the past. Unlike Doug and Brad Pitt (in regards to their mom), she has spoken out quite strongly against her father before. How do you think she’ll react to his statements?