but I have to admit that when I read this, I liked you a teensy, weensy bit less.
I was reading this story on MSN last night and it bugged me so much that I thought about it all night. Angelina Jolie gave an interview talking about her relationship with Brad Pitt and her kids.
What bugged me? This discussion about her adopted children versus her biological child (and emphasis added is by me):
"The world has this opinion about the difference, then you wonder if there is a difference. In fact I found the opposite," she observes. "I think I feel so much more for Madd and Zee because they're survivors, they came through so much. In some way they're strangers because they had this life before me. Shiloh seemed so privileged from the moment she was born, I have less inclination to feel for her. I have to do the opposite from what I expected!"
The article goes on to say, "Still, she acknowledges, 'I'm conscious that I have to make sure I don't ignore her needs, just because I think the others are more vulnerable.'"
(Sound of my head beating on my laptop...)
For a parent to have a "favorite" - whether it's a first-born, or a child that looks like the parent, or has the same personality traits as the parent is one thing. But to trumpet your favoritism in an interview published worldwide is another thing. What's going to happen say 15 years from now if Shiloh happens to stumble upon this interview?
Angelina, please. I stuck by you through the whole silly Billy Bob thing. I wanted to believe you had nothing to do with the break up of Brad and Jennifer's marriage. I thought it was cute that you let Maddox and Zahara "express themselves" by wearing mohawks and yelling a lot at their newborn sister. But keep spouting this stuff out, girl, and poor Shiloh is going to end up in therapy for life.