A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, June 14, 2007

"Who does she think she is?"

I'm more than a little sick of Hollywood Hypocrites who think they run the world or even think they are saving the world.

They should practice what they preach.

Case in point: the role model for creepy-weird, marriage-wrecking, globe-trotting,thinking-well-of-herself (but not her biological child), liberal whore hypocrites---Angelina Jolie.

Via Drudge---

Fox News: Angelina Jolie's Freedom of Press, on Her Terms---

Angelina Jolie's true colors came out Wednesday as she promoted a film about freedom of the press and then tried to censor all her interviews.

Jolie is touting press freedom these days, playing the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a new movie called "A Mighty Heart."

But Jolie turns out to be a mighty hypocrite when it comes to her own freedom of the press. Her lawyer required all journalists to sign a contract before talking to her, and Jolie instructed publicists at first to ban FOX News from the red carpet of her premiere.

Ironically, Wednesday night's premiere of the excellent Michael Winterbottom-directed film was meant to support an organization called Reporters Without Borders. Jolie, however, did everything she could to clamp down on the press and control it.
(all emphasis added)

No surprise. People who behave immorally don't like to allow those who do (or anyone, really) to question their choices. So, they try to control everything. And they especially don't like it when people point out their hypocrisy (well, who does, but still?).

So, Jolie said, no personal questions especially about her relationships (with Brad "I rock" Pitt), no using any part of the interview in any way other than promoting the film (which is about Freedom of the Press---go figure), "The interview will not be used in a manner that is disparaging, demeaning, or derogatory to Ms. Jolie," and if any of these things happen the tape cannot be released, but if it does Jolie can sue. Oh, yes, and she can leave at any time during the interview (should we call it an interview? After all, it doesn't sound like she wants to be interviewed. Does she want people to see her film?).

So, a number of media outlets said, "Hell no" and then Jolie got in a tizzy and canceled all the print interviews.

"I wouldn't sign it," a reporter for a major outlet said. "Who does she think she is?"
Excellent question! I would say, "Queen of the World?"

And as for Fox News,

That's not all: Jolie told Paramount Pictures publicists to ban FOX News Channel and all FOX News affiliates from covering the "Mighty Heart" premiere on the red carpet. It was only with the intervention of mortified Paramount staff that an FNC camera crew was allowed to be present.

Apparently, no one told Jolie of the highly positive review FOX News had given "A Mighty Heart" from Cannes.
Jolie and Pitt enjoy encouraging freedom of the press for some, but not all. Fox News' Roger Friendman's

column reported a year ago, on June 8, 2006, about how Jolie and Pitt were responsible for the expulsion of journalists in Namibia where the couple went to have their child, Shiloh. Their bodyguards regularly got into fights with local photographers hoping to make some money from the couple's colonial residency in their country.

After Shiloh was born, Jolie and Pitt gave a news conference, but limited it only to Namibian journalists. No reporters from neighboring countries were allowed.

The couple sat on the dais with Sam Nujoma, Namibia's first president, aka dictator, who ruled for 15 years. (Lady Jane: Like they were king and queen . . . of the world???)

In 2002, Nujoma abruptly appointed himself minister of information and broadcasting. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Nujoma has routinely attacked reporters from his country calling them "unpatriotic" and "the enemy."

During the time Pitt and Jolie were in the country, a former photographer for the Namibian, the daily newspaper, was arrested twice for trying to get a picture of the couple.

South African John Liebenberg was arrested on municipal property during the Jolie-Pitt stay and pronounced guilty of trespassing. His passport and camera equipment were confiscated as well.

Treatment of the press is so bad in Namibia, in fact, that an organization called the National Society for Human Rights was formed several years ago to protect reporters' rights.
Wow, some champions for the press they are.

Just another grand example of Hollywood Hypocrisy.

UPDATE-15 June 2006:
Now she's trying to play it off like she wasn't the one to make the rules:

Jolie’s defense this morning is that a) her lawyer was overzealous with the journalists’ contract; and b) an “oversight” caused FOX News not to be invited to the red carpet. Both the lawyer, Robert Offer, and Paramount Pictures, are ready to fall on their swords for the star.

But neither statement is even remotely true. Jolie, the Ambassador, would never let her attorney distribute a contract without approval. And the good folks at Paramount Vantage know all too well what really happened. They cannot be blamed.
But, The Smoking Gun has a copy of the document she wanted reporters to sign! Oops!

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