Angelina Jolie’s comments about her privilege as a rich and famous working mom will hopefully erase the grimace that’s been on your face since Gwyneth Paltrow tried to convince you otherwise. As you may or may not have gleaned from the total ease with which she and Brad Pitt get their kids cast in coveted film roles, parenthood as a powerful actor human is a lot different from that as a normal. And the refreshing thing is that Angie recognizes this! She knows that she’s got privilege spilling out of her ears and gives the appropriate props to those who don’t.
In an interview with NY Daily News, Ang (these nicknames are getting dangerously short) acknowledged all of the things that poor Gwynnie seems to have trouble wrapping her head around.
“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food. When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it. I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain.”
Did you just now hear faint echoes of a person screaming “YES, exactly!!” from a mountaintop? That was totally me, and I apologize if I startled you. But it’s about to happen again, because Angie went on to make this insightful comment even greater.
“Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”
Oh man. OH MAN. Whether or not these comments were actually intended as sly digs at Gwyneth, she should just go ahead and take them that way. And, while she’s at it, start taking notes on how not to alienate everyone by being completely oblivious. Because, while I’d never blame Angie or Gwyneth for their privilege of resources, I still like it a whole lot that Angelina knows that not everyone’s up to their ears in the stuff. Fingers crossed that Gwyneth keeps that in mind literally any time the idea that “it’s much harder” for her than the average working mom creeps into her head!