Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Revoke Her U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Status

Jolie, Pitt Called 'Colonial Overlords' By Namibian Human Rights Group

This from Life Style Extra in the United Kingdom:

"Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt should be banned from Namibia, say charity campaigners. Namibia's National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) branded the couple 'colonial overlords' and accused them of taking over the African country when Shiloh Nouvel was born this month. An NSHR spokesman said: 'To shut down a national border so she can give birth in peace is a massive abuse of power.' The human rights campaigners claim Angelina and Brad 'used heavy-handed and brutal tactics' to persuade the Namibian government to agree to their demands."

It's about time somebody commented on the couple's increasingly outrageous and bizarre self-absorbed behavior. Too bad CNN didn't ask her any hard-hitting questions about her baby shopping for the cutest orphans in Third World countries or her alleged "colonial overlord" behavior. Tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of people in the United States and across the world have been witness to these outrageous actions, made overtly political via Jolie's U.N. Goodwill Ambassador status. It's time to revoke her U.N. Goodwill Ambassador status.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Layla, it never fails to amaze me how you can take a serious issue (cultural imperialism) with serious implications (human right for white celebrities versus human rights for poor people of color) and turn it into just another moment of mindless celebrity gawking. Why don't you just call Jolie a "hose beast" and get it out of your system? I'm sure you'll feel so much better once you've vented your petty spleen at her.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Anonymous #1 said. This bizarrely voyeuristic shtick of Layla's is just... just.... bizarre.

1:06 AM  
Blogger Laylalola said...

Um, Jolie-Pitt and babies she's shopping around for are a CNN obsession, a People obsession, a tabloid obsession. How dare you blame the nationalvoyeurism on Me??? THAT's what's weird. I'm going to the political point here, which is that their behavior, documented everywhere in the world but especially the United States and consumed voraciously in the United States, is grotesque and indeed political. In fact I think the U.N. should revoke her Goodwill Ambassador status. Seriously.

But many posters forever have disagreed that feminists have any business commenting on anything remotely of interest or consumed by or an obsession of the pop culture world. Which also is bizarre and definitely makes many feminists exist in this weird little world not related to where the rest of the world is operating, and makes most feminist commentary utterly irrelevant to anything. I'm not apologizing to anyone for commenting on what the vast majority of the U.S. media is reporting, folks. This is in the news, I didn't create this phenomenon, and I'm not responsible for the voyerism. WTF.

9:37 AM  
Blogger skylanda said...

Oh for fuck's sake Layla, no one said you shouldn't be commenting on pop culture. Half this blog is about pop culture and no one seems to object. What was said above is that it might be nice if you added something substantative instead of the just the same old "uh maw gawd, what a hose beast!" comments you always make about celebrity women. I don't think pop culture is out of bounds for feminist commentary, nor do I think this topic is out of bounds for feminist analysis. But I agree with the anonymous posters above who think that what you wrote isn't pop culture commentary, it's just mindless gawking, which is of course your favorite activity right after telling feminists what they do and don't do, even if the evidence in front of your face is totally contrary to your claimes.

11:36 AM  
Blogger Laylalola said...

Okay I'll say it again: Her U.N. Goodwill Ambassador status should be revoked. She's out baby-shopping -- that alone is grotesque, the way she picks out the cutest or has Maddox pick out the cutest orphan in Third World countries. And yes, she and her lover behaved like colonial overlords in Namibia, which they promptly fled from once their baby was delivered. We've got in the tens of millions if not hundreds of millions of people in the United States watching what they do, soaking it up. And does any reporter at CNN ask her about this Namibian human rights group alleging she's behaving like a colonial overlord? Oh hell no you don't. Is this really what the United Nations considers to be Goodwill Ambassador behavior? I mean COME ON. The world is witnessing this, it's political through and through even if she weren't a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador -- but being so makes it explicitly political -- and that has been my posting all along on this subject. As for this blog being half popculture, those posts are primarily mine, if you haven't noticed, and I usually get all kinds of griping for each one.

2:42 PM  
Blogger skylanda said...

Ironically, Layla, if you had posted that above comment to begin with, it's likely no one would have complained. Ya know, 'cause it contains some actually commentary and analysis instead of just this weird voyeuristic thing you seem to be so obsessed with.

"As for this blog being half popculture, those posts are primarily mine, if you haven't noticed, and I usually get all kinds of griping for each one."

Oh yes, of course, I forgot, you should get credit for everything around here. Ignore everyone else's posts and keep thinking to yourself that you're the only one saying anything of substance, even though most of your posts are of the infamous "hose beast" variety. Whatever.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Laylalola said...

Look, it's not like I'm shy about these things. If I had wanted to call her a hosebeast, I would have called her a hosebeast already and not apologized. I don't want to call her a hosebeast, I'm not calling her a hosebeast, and I don't think she's a hosebeast. And I will change my frickin headline if that makes you happy.

11:33 PM  
Blogger Laylalola said...

For the record: The original headline was "Not So Pretty People." I ended it with my sentence below the block quote that said, "It's about time somebody commented on the couple's increasingly outrageous and bizarre self-absored behavior," but now I've added a few more sentences. Happy everyone?

11:52 PM  
Blogger Siobhan said...

No. I'm not happy. International adoption is not "baby shopping", adoption is not equivalent to buying a child, and I am sick to the back teeth of people making this sort of crack at Angelina because it affects other people who've chosen to adopt children from other countries. It also affects the children who've been adopted but are viewed by ignorant jerks as little more than accessories.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way Layla is treated on this "feminist" blog is really sad.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You get what you give.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that were true everyone who was treated poorly/unfairly would deserve it. I'm sure that no one believes that.

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The way Layla talks about women on this "feminist" blog is sad. If she doesn't want to take it, she can stop dishing it out.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I see it, she's the only one who talks with any regularity. That counts for a lot. I mean, I was excited when I found this blog because I thought it would be hopping given all of the names listed under contributors. Nearly none of them actually contribute.

I'm all for diversity in the movement.

10:47 AM  
Blogger blue said...

I'm not bothered by Brangelina. I'm not particularly impressed either, but I've heard so much about the unbelievable swarm of media that constantly follow them that I can't blame them for trying to find somewhere they could perhaps find a little privacy. Whether or not Namibia was the appropriate place, well, whatever.

There's surprisingly little evidence available about what actually happened to make them such villains, btw.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

Ditto what Siobhan said about the bullshit baby shopping comments. That is completely out of line.

1:10 PM  

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