Brad Pitt has been talking about his personal politics more and more as he gets older. Brad’s a pretty solid liberal Democrat, and he seems to have made gay rights one of his most vocal causes, and he spoken about his support of Pres. Obama many times. Brad has also alluded to his childhood in a conservative household, in a conservative part of the mid-West. I always assumed that Brad was overselling the notion of coming from a Republican family considering how he turned out, but as it turns out, not so much. Not only is Brad’s brother Doug a Republican (Doug might run for office in Missouri at some point too), but Brad’s mom Jane is also a conservative Republican too. Jane Pitt just wrote a letter to the editor in The Springfield News-Leader defending Mitt Romney and calling Obama “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage”. Obama supports the killing of same-sex marriage? Bless her dangling participle.
Jane Pitt calls the president “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage” just months after her son reveals his support of Obama in a THR cover story.
An anti-gay letter urging Christians to vote for Mitt Romney that was printed today in The Springfield News-Leader has been confirmed by the newspaper as having been penned by Jane Pitt, mother of Brad Pitt.
The verification comes amid some confusion, as the Missouri newspaper first printed an editor’s note denying any relation between the letter writer and movie star. That was later replaced with a second editor’s note, reading, “To clear up earlier confusion, the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.”
The letter — itself a response to another opinion piece in the newspaper justifying Christians’ rights to refuse to vote for Romney because he is a Mormon — identifies Mrs. Pitt as “a Christian [who differs] with the Mormon religion.”
But, Pitt continues, “any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.”
Pitt goes on to write that “any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”
Along with Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt has long been an outspoken champion of gay rights. Pitt once told Ellen DeGeneres, “I’ve said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this country had the right to get married.” The two nevertheless announced their engagement in April, after seven years and six children together.
In January, Pitt said of his mother in a cover profile in The Hollywood Reporter, “She’s very, very loving — very open, genuine, and it’s hilarious because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil. There’s not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy.”
In the same story, the Moneyball star revealed his own support of Obama in the upcoming presidential election.
OMG YIKES. Jane Pitt sounds like a fire-breathing conservative. Not just a “Hey, I want my favorite billionaire to have lower taxes” kind of Republican. She’s mixing it up with “Barack Hussein” and “baby-killing.” Yikes. I mean… we are not our parents’ keepers. My late father had some political views that I found embarrassing, like an undying affection for Ronald Reagan (although my dad loved Obama and voted for him too). Do I think we should judge Brad because of his mom’s views? Not really. And Jane Pitt is entitled to think and vote however she wants too. I’m merely surprised that she’s so… arch-conservative. I had no idea.
Oh, and by the way – I don’t think Angelina has ever spoken out on gay rights, has she? Brad does all the talking and all of the donatin’. Angelina’s personal politics have always been a question mark – likely by design, because with her UNHCR work, she has to work with conservatives and liberals. I’ve always suspected her personal politics are more neoconservative (for foreign policy) and libertarian (for domestic policy). It’s perfectly possible that Angelina and Jane have more in common politically than you think. And don’t come at me with “Jane hates Angelina, Jane loves Jennifer and this is why.” That’s bullsh-t.
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