Raising Trouble: In Defense of Brangelina
"Raising Trouble" has been silent for too long on the absurd hubbub surrounding Brangelina "dressing Shiloh as a boy," which has been burning up the blogosphere and the celeb media all year, and shows no signs of ebbing anytime soon. Responding to pictures of little Shiloh Jolie-Pitt with a short haircut, Life & Style magazine put the scandal on its cover last month, asking plaintively, "Why is Angelina Turning Shiloh into a Boy?"
Bonnie Fuller is only one of hundreds of offenders, but I'm going to single out her out here because she so comprehensively sucks. Fuller – former editor of US Weekly and Cosmo, infamous for making those magazines even more vapid than they already were -- has probably perpetrated even worse crimes against humanity than publicly scolding a three-year-old for gender non-conformity. But reading her blog is a shocking reminder of the retro-stupidity of her magazine career. Here's Bonnie, accompanying a (mad cute – see above) photo of Shiloh and one of her zillion siblings with the following inspired commentary: "But – we gotta ask – what's up with the car on Shi's jacket?" and, "You don't have to be pretty in pink tutus to prove you are a girl but seriously?" Then we are invited to see more pictures of "Shiloh dressed as a boy."
A poll – not the first on this subject on this site! – exhorts us to weigh in on Shiloh's "tomboy" gear. Do not read the comments – it's my job to read them for you and I promise they are truly, truly depraved.
Brangelina – in all its drama, idealism, conspicuous adoption and excessive procreation - is easy to mock. But the kid looks content eating her ice cream in her car shirt. If anything is more important than that, we as a society need serious therapy.
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