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What Does Angelina Jolie Have in Common With Arab Leaders?

21 Nov

Well, other than the fact that they have all been blessed with incredible beauty, turns out she’s also a fan of censoring any criticism of her image. According to the New York Times, Jolie has been orchestrating her public image for years, successfully constructing a facade of sainthood. Many moons ago, Jolie was known for looks ,wild ways, infatuation with blood and sharp objects, and her über sexual persona—she is bisexual. She is also the woman who stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston (how dare she do that to Rachel!) However, instead of being known as a husband snatcher, she is constantly praised for her international mini-army and her humane efforts worldwide. So how did she transform her public image?

The article states that when Pitt and Jolie “negotiated with People and other celebrity magazines this summer for photos of their newborn twins and an interview, the stars were seeking more than the estimated $14 million they received from the deal. They also wanted a hefty slice of journalistic input — a promise that the winning magazine’s coverage would be positive, not merely in that instance but into the future.”

The article goes on to describe Jolie’s restrictions on what is to be reported about her: “According to the deal offered by Ms. Jolie, the winning magazine was obliged to offer coverage that would not reflect negatively on her or her family.”

Smells like Arab leaders.

Disclaimer: The aforementioned “analysis” has no intellectual merit whatsoever.

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Random Rambling at 4 AM

11 Nov

Here’s a rather scary thought—out of everyone you know, there’s definitely someone that has a split personality. Now I know that many of you have already made a mental line up of candidates for such a disorder—some of you might even suspect yourself—but all In all, it is a rather interesting thought. That goes for other diseases, but we will not be getting into the grim statistics about cancer, heart disease, AIDS…oo AIDS, okay maybe I want to know who’s been naughty naughty! Is that disturbing? That is disturbing? What’s wrong with me (note to reader: you can officially add me to your list of suspected schizophrenics.) On the flip side, if you have a friend with split personality disorder, you technically got a 2 for the price of 1 deal, even though only one of the two personalities is probably represented statistically (and by statistically, I mean the inflated estimation of the number of people you “know” on facebook.) I don’t know where this is going; let me ask my other self.