Monday, June 19, 2006

I'm Such a Hypocrite.

I just gained a little more respect for Angelina Jolie. (I'm a hypocrite, by the way, because I can't stand the national obsession with celebrity, but sometimes I can't resist.) I opened a video on which was a small excerpt of Jolie's interview with Anderson Cooper. He asked her if it's true she spends 1/3 of her income on charity, and she says "yes, but my income is pretty stupid," i.e. actually acknowledging that the amount of money she pulls in is ludicrous. Additionally, bravo for donating so much of that money to good causes, as opposed to doing what Tom Cruise does, and donating it to L. Ron Hubbard's family tree.


Blogger The Analyzer said...

Here is a good story on why they wish to adopt again.

Brad and Angelina to adopt again?

Hollywood is a crazy place.

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there may be some people that think that donating it to "L. Ron Hubbard's family tree" as you call it may actually be a good cause, too.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Badger said...

I eagerly await any persuasive argument asserting that donating money to Scientology is a "better" use than donating it to fight poverty. Convince me.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not saying that fighting poverty is not important. That is very admirable, and we should all do our part to help eradicate poverty. I'm just saying that Scientology is working on literacy programs, drug rehabilitation programs and criminal rehabilitation programs, as well as other social betterment programs. It shouldn't be one or the other. It's not a matter of "better".

6:06 PM  
Anonymous TheBarmaid said...

The greatest thing I ever read was someone calling their family the United Colors of Brangelina.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Badger said...

Barmaid - I laughed out loud earlier today when I saw the new rival nickname - "Vaughniston." Unbelievable.

"Anonymous," I'm trying to think of a way to respond to your comments without writing a massive novel in my comment section - I don't think I can do it. Hopefully I can get around to writing an actual blog entry about it sometime soon. The short version is that scientology has many respectable characteristics mixed with dubious ones - but that's indicative of just about all religions (or belief systems, whatever you want to call them)...what's particularly interesting (and suspect) to me about scientology is the "enthusiasm," if you will, with which its members promote their beliefs.

11:13 PM  

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