Sunday, June 17, 2007

Angelina Jolie Needs Our Support. But Not For Herself.

Angelina Jolie has said the interview conditions offered to the press for the premiere weren't her idea, and that she wouldn't have done it. That a well-meaning someone had done it on her behalf. The attorney who came up with the contract has admitted as much and apologized.

Why are the pundits still hammering away as if she drafted the document herself? Because that's what they do.

Every major celebrity who does a big cover story has similar negotiations and restrictions. Why are the talking heads ignoring this? Because they know the public doesn't know it. Exploiting ignorance is, again, what they do.

Fox News is claiming that any attempt to exclude them from the premiere is somehow a violation of the First Amendment. They even have the gall to invoke "what Daniel Pearl died for." Like they even know what he died for.

A premiere is a party. It is a private event. The hosts can invite or not invite anyone they choose. Credentials are always granted selectively.

If you don't agree, then the next time O'Reilly or Hannity have a book party, call up and say you write for your human resources department newsletter and you demand an invitation. See how quickly they hang up on you.

So why are the Fox Hounds pretending that this is some kind of unconstitutional discrimination? It's the kind of thing they do.

But there's something I think is unreasonable even for them:

Doesn't Ms. Jolie have every right to decide who gets to interview her and under what circumstances?

I guarantee if she were not movie star Angelina Jolie -- if she were, say, super-hot administrative assistant Angelina Jolie -- she'd have much stricter rules about who gets to sit and chat with her. And she'd be flinging a lot of drinks in the faces of people who asked her questions she didn't want to answer.

The right to interview Angelina Jolie is not one of our basic freedoms. Her right to choose whom she talks to is more important than anyone's desire to exploit her fame.

Angelina Jolie's fame is the fruit of her life's work. Fox News thinks she should have no say in choosing who bites into that fruit. That's just not the way America works.

Ms. Jolie has chosen to use her fame to help the UNHCR ease the suffering of refugees around the world. She has given of herself, even though she didn't have to. That is the only way America works.

If you agree that she has the right to choose when and if she gives up a piece of herself -- or if you just want to feel better -- please take a moment to give to the UNHCR.

Every time pundits make Americans look petty and selfish, let's prove them wrong.

And if Fox News or the paparazzi want pictures of Angelina Jolie, here are some. On the house:


peeky said...

The public's (and press's) mistaken impression that they deserve to know everything abut celebrities is ridiculous and idiotic. I don't blame people one bit for not giving interviews or for not sharing any information whatsoever. It only bites you in the ass. A-Jolie has every right to ban whoever she wants--and then take the heat she'll get from those people and not give a shit. Because she knows exactly what's going on and what's been drafted by her lawyer, since she is a world class control freak. As an aside: it's unimaginable to me that someone of her stature and in that kind of public demand would have the TIME, never mind prefer to handle all of her own publicity rather than hire a professional to do it. That's controlling. So it would be better if she didn't say she didn't know, because she knows every minute detail of what's been agreed to, and there's nothing wrong with owning it.

Michael Markowitz said...

I don't know AJ, so I assume she's a good and sincere person unless I have proof otherwise.

I will say that I, an admitted control freak, still have no idea what's in many documents signed on my behalf, and couldn't possibly list the stipulations "required" by me. I trust people smarter than me to do that for me, and I'm not rich or famous by a long shot. I have to take her at her word.