The Jolie Pitts

The Jolie Pitts

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Visibly Adopted

This video reminded me of when new "exotic" animals are rescued and brought to a new zoo.

While rescue stories, and happy stories are, well, happy, the message sent by such articles are somewhat bothersome.

Adopted children, like the rescued animals, are objectified. In this case the articles purpose is to convey a sense of stability and control. Such messages, I feel, are used to counter balance the equally "dramatic" and negative stories that are continuously reported throughout the media.
As a viewer I don't get a real understanding of what happened to these children. Why I do get is the "sensationalism" of their rescue.

I feel like I'm constantly getting emotionally manipulated to feel one way or another, and that the object of manipulation is secondary. I'm not trying to argue for the importance of one over the other, but rather point to the fact that we are watching a t.v. drama rather than the news.
I just read that in December Angelina Jolie told a German magazine that "fidelity is overrated," and that she "doubts [its] absolutely essential for a relationship."

I'm not sure that she did in fact say this, but if so it raises some questions as to the environment her children are being raised in. If you are not completely committed to the partner whom with you are building a family does that not imply a lack of commitment to the unit as a whole?

Something to think about.