Angelina Jolie is in the news again. Consider today’s post an exercise in discerning how celebrities are packaged.
While I’m on travel.
What’s Angelina Jolie’s news? A double mastectomy based on genetic risks:
- A wise and responsible health decision
- Courage as the mother of loads of young children?
- Perhaps a potential health problem capitalized upon as a publicity stunt?
- Signal of a new era, where genetic testing and odds of disease cause intelligent people to make drastic medical choices?
- One more example of how celebrities are packaged — any aspect of life used to create a competitive advantage in the media
Angelina Jolie Gives Us Plenty to Ponder!
Energetic literacy can be part of our discussion. Anyone want to use the photo at the top of today’s post as the basis for an aura reading?
Blog-Buddies, here are two of the the comments so far on this topic, the one from DAVE so extensive that I turned them into this guest post.
Other comments on this thread have been moved to help us explore this topic.
And now, awaiting your further comments.
SUZANNE Asks about Angelina Jolie
I am rather curious about your thoughts on Angelina Jolie’s recent decision and action to have a double mastectomy to avoid the possibility of getting breast cancer in the future.
I am all for preventative health measures…having lived most of my adult life with that as focus since my parents weren’t healthy and I knew I had inherited their genes! But what could lead someone to taking such a drastic (IMHO) measure based on a statistic?
Is it simple fear? Seems more complicated than that.
It would be interesting to see what underlying ‘stuff’ might have lead her to this decision and how her aura has changed from before and after. Also curious how Brad’s is responding energetically to this decision.
Angelina and Brad are both such high profile celebs. Many people look up to them. It is disturbing to me that they would choose to take this approach and make it so public. I have had great respect for them and the good work that they do with helping children, etc. but this is disappointing.
I respect their choice for them, but I am concerned about the message it is sending to others, especially women.
Maybe it is because I am so health conscious, but this just hit a nerve!
DAVE’s Turn, Considering Angelina Jolie’s Public Decision
Seconding Suzanne’s sentiments.
Angelina is being lauded all over the media for being brave but honestly I find it sort of bizarre and a little bit creepy.
But apparently the gene she had indicates a very high risk of contracting breast cancer, although I’m not sure of the specifics. I think she did get implants so visually there won’t be any difference.
Still an optional procedure that a mega-rich person can get out of paranoia doesn’t seem the height of bravery to me, IMHO.
More Perspective from Blog-Buddy DAVE
I don’t mean to be judgmental or rude to Angelina Jolie or her situation. It is probably a terrible situation to be in. But my only exposure to the story has been through magazine covers at the grocery store or snippets online.
I felt a bit bombarded by the story, like almost every “fascinating” “newsworthy” story that is pushed down our throat by the mainstream media.
The media jumps from one shocking and often grotesque story (terrorism, murders, natural disasters, oh my!) to another and I’ve been quite fed up with having to be exposed to them in public or online even when I do my best to avoid exposure beyond being a decently informed citizen, and certainly not dwelling on these stories, over and over and over again, as has become the modus operandi of the lamestream media.
“Angelina Jolie’s Surgeries? Spare Me, Please,” Says DAVE
So my beef is with the media, mostly. I don’t want to know about:
- Celebrities removing their body parts.
- I don’t want to see terrorists’ mugshots, over and over and over again.
- Or people on their deathbeds.
- Or Kim Kardashian’s weight gain.
I just want to go about my day to day life and maintain some intellectual and emotional autonomy.
Further as it pertains to the story, I’ve never known mastectomies to be elective before someone has cancer. Hearing that someone decided to chop a piece of their body off based on a potentiality does strike me as bizarre and distasteful.
This is just my opinion and I’ve certainly never been in such a situation so I can’t relate from experience. It’s like someone chopping off their nose because there’s a decent chance they might get nose cancer.
That is grotesque to me, but anyways I’m a bit squeamish about such matters, and whether it’s Brad Pitt getting his prostate surgically removed, or his wife getting her breasts removed, it’s not something I care to read about when I’m checking out at the grocery. Especially coming from the same journalistic sources that obsess over Snooki, The Bachelor, and Lindsay Lohan’s latest bender.
So the story, and the way it was presented, and the way it was editorialized, struck me as attention grabbing, meant to sell magazines, and tasteless.
Still, no doubt it was a hard decision for Angelina Jolie and anyone else who finds themselves in a similar situation. And she might be inspiring millions of people with her story and doing a great service to humanity. I have no idea. Just personally, I didn’t have a favorable impression of the story for the above-mentioned reasons.