Saturday, January 07, 2006

Making the Superficial Substantive: Two Cents on Brad, Jennifer and Angelina

J and I were discussing the Jennifer Aniston – Brad Pitt breakup. Yes, occasionally we wade (neck deep) into the superficial. She sided with Jennifer Aniston, citing Pitt’s apparent overbearing insensitivity to their current situation – the almost flaunting of his current relationship with Angelina Jolie. She pontificated that anyone who could be this seemingly overtly insensitive was certainly capable of similarly “unloving” behavior during their marriage.

I respectfully disagree. I think that – despite protestations to the contrary – the breakup was more the result of Jennifer’s reneging on her commitment to have children. Yes, Angelina may be the sexiest woman on the planet, but it is probably not a coincidence that she is also someone that has warmly embraced children into her life. And we have all seen the pictures of Brad lovingly playing with and caring for Angelina’s children and his subsequent legal adoption of those children. And now there are incessant rumors that she is already pregnant with his child.

So my friends, was Brad wrong to leave his wife? He is forty years old and has long admitted his desire to start a family. Jennifer may have made a choice: an acting career over a family and past promises to her husband. If that is the case, she is not a victim to Brad’s “insensitivity.” He is in fact victim to her selfishness and unfulfilled promises.


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