One of Angelina Jolie’s kids wore an ‘Einstein was a refugee’ t-shirt: cool?


Here are some photos of Angelina Jolie and three of her kids at LAX yesterday. These are the same three kids we saw last week: Shiloh, Zahara and Pax. They came with their mom to LA for a week or so, and now they’re flying out again. Are they heading back to England, where Brad Pitt is filming a WWII movie with Marion Cotillard? Or are they going back to Cambodia? I have no idea. As for the kids… God, they’re getting big. Pax is so tall now! And Shiloh is wearing a t-shirt that reads “Einstein was a refugee.” Very pointed! Shiloh has joined her mom during visits to refugee camps, and Angelina obviously does not shield her kids from her work with the UNHCR.

Meanwhile, Angelina had a new interview on Good Morning Britain this week to promote Kung Fu Panda 3. She talked about Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox coming in to do voice work on the film:

“I think [the visit] backfired a little because I did say, ‘Okay you’re going to come to mummy’s work,'” Angelina told Good Morning Britain this morning. “They see me on set every day doing things and directing, but this was a moment of seeing me act–you’re going to do some lines, you’re going to act. They all went in, they took it very seriously, and then in the car, they were like, ‘that’s what you do? It’s so easy.’”

As for the paparazzi aspect of fame, Angie and Brad tell the kids the attention is just about the movies. “We only explain it so they are not afraid when they see people coming at you with a camera because it can feel aggressive. We always say it’s just because people are interested in films, and because of films, people take pictures. We try to keep it that way.”

[From Elle]

That’s a good way to explain the paparazzi to children, I think, and it seems to work out well for the Jolie-Pitt children. In photos, they always seem like normal kids. They’re not scared, nor are they posing for photos like little pros.


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. aims says:

    They’re such good parents. I’m in awe of their skills and that they kids seem to be well adjusted.

    • Maya says:

      Me too – 6 children, demanding careers and humanitarian work and yet they are clearly spending as much time as possible with their children. They are all well behaved and seems intelligent as well – kudos to Brad & Angelina.

  2. Sarah01 says:

    This is Angies influence bringing an awareness and humanity to heartbreaking issues and she doesn’t discriminate.
    Happy International Women’s Day!

  3. AlmondJoy says:

    Beautiful kids.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      It makes me sad to think of them needing to understand why people are crowding around them and rushing towards them. I think Angelina and Brad are good parents, but it’s just sad that the children have to experience that whenever they go outside.

  4. mindydopple says:

    Too lazy to look it up….but was he a refugee? Or is it saying, what IF Einstein had been a refugee?

    • anne_000 says:

      Yes, he was a refugee. The UNHCR/the UN Refugee Agency has a webpage on him listed as part of the group of ‘Prominent Refugees.’

      It also says that he worked tirelessly on trying to get visas for German Jews and vouching personally for many of them.

      According to the UNHCR Malaysia’s Facebook page from June 16, 2011, the design for the ‘Einstein was a refugee’ t-shirt was contributed to the UNHCR by a Singaporean cartoonist.

      At the time, these t-shirts were exclusively sold at the World Refugee Day event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia held back in June 2011.

      • Greenieweenie says:

        I really love subatomic chemistry so I read a lot of books on the history of the atom, etc, and I’m always amazed at how much knowledge came to the US from anti-Semitic Europe around WWII. The advances that were made benefitted the US for generations. The best minds basically run out of Europe…just incredible. Those minds made discovery after discovery within the field.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Einstein was born in Germany and was in the US when Hitler first came to power (I believe in the 1930’s). He didn’t go back to Germany, for obvious reasons. So I guess he was a refugee, though probably not the way most people think of refugees today.

      Slight aside: I love that t-shirt. 🙂

      • Algernon says:

        No, he was definitely a refugee. Princeton University offered him a position in order to get him out of Germany explicitly because of the rising anti-Semitism. There was a concerted effort at that time in Britain, the US, and Canada to get prominent Jewish thinkers and scholars out of continental Europe because they saw the writing on the wall.

      • Malificent says:

        I just had to find out the details of Einstein’s departure for Germany for my kid’s class project.

        Einstein had been targeted by the Nazis throughout much of the 20s. He and his wife were visiting the US in early 1933 when Hitler came became Chancellor. When they arrived in Antwerp on their way back to Germany, Einstein was told that his house had been raided by the Nazis. He was a dual German/Swiss citizen, so he renounced his German citizenship. The Nazis then placed him on a list of public enemies who deserved to be hung and started burning his books. He and his wife then returned permanently to the US.

        So, he technically didn’t flee Germany because he left for the US from Belgium. However, he certainly emigrated under extreme duress.

    • Algernon says:

      Yes, Einstein was a refugee. He was a German Jew, and was still living in Germany when the Nazis rose to power (the Nazis declared his work “un-German” and banned his name from being used in academia). He and his wife emigrated to America in the early 1930s. They also helped other Jewish refugees emigrate.

    • mary says:

      Einstein was a German Jew and he was expelled from Germany after the Nazis came to power. Before that, he had already resigned from his offices and handed in his German passport in the German embassy in Brusssels. Then he went on to teach and work in Princeton. So yes, he was a refugee, but he had worked with the Princeton Academy before, he was famous, so it was obviously a different situation. Still great message though!

    • lowercaselois says:

      Einstein was one of the founders of International Rescue Committee, which was founded in 1933. A quote of Albert Einstein is on the main page of their website.
      “Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.”
      i love the t-shirt by the way.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      Albert Einstein was a refugee in the US.
      He was targeted by the Nazi.

  5. Grant says:

    Look at Angie, serving Dark Mistress of the Sith realness.

  6. Maya says:

    Happy International Women’s Day – especially to Angelina for her tremendous work towards women’s rights.

    From the beginning of her career to now, she has always played women who are strong, be it good or evil, they always had an inner strength. Her totally self founded schools for girls in Asia and Africa, free cancer treatment centre in LA (in her mother’s name), her fight to get more female directors and also fighting to direct inspiring true stories, her producing important movies about the horrors women go through in war etc.

    We need more strong, independent, intelligent, beautiful and powerful women like her in world.

    PS: totally love Shiloh’s shirt and they all look gorgeous.

  7. lisa2 says:

    They are heading BACK to London.. Brad and the other 3 are there. The family has all been there since she finished filming in Cambodia on February 13-15th.. Her film has wrapped.. All packed up and OVER.

    I like the shirt. I don’t think she or Angie are making a “Political” statement. Angie could have gotten the shirt for her work and the kid thought it was cool. Everything is not always something big.. just a cool sweatshirt. But their mother has been working with Refugees their whole lives. They know about this issue. Maybe not as adults but they are aware.

    • Maya says:

      Yep – Angelina finished the movie more than 3 weeks ago and has been with Brad and the rest of the children in London for weeks. People have been tweeting about seeing them shopping for some time now.

      Don’t know why some people continue to ignore the facts. This family only stays separate when they are working and even that has only happened once or twice. Brad was with Angelina in Cambodia and now Angelina is with Brad while he is shooting.

      PS: Cannot wait for the movie with Brad and Marion – the details are not leaked and no photos have been allowed to be published.

      • Tina says:

        They are apparently filming in Oxfordshire, near where he filmed Fury a couple of years ago.

  8. Ninette says:

    Einstein was a refugee therefore every refugee is Einstein…. *sigh*
    Reality is not that simple, but Angelina doesnt need to worry about that.

    • Goo says:

      No it isn’t… A German Jew who, like many, arrived in the USA the LEGAL way.

      • Locke Lamora says:

        Maybe other could come to the US the LEGAL way if the US was taking more than just a few refugees, especially considering they helped create this mess in the first place.

      • Kit says:

        It’s not illegal to seek refuge. A refugee is not an illegal immigrant.

      • DeeDee says:

        The UN defines a refugee as: The 1951 Refugee Convention spells out that a refugee is someone who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

      • qwerty says:

        Until he sets up a camp in one if the most developed countries in the world that he got to by crossing many other decent ones and refuses to apply for asylum for months/years cause he wasnts to get to another one to claim benefits but it refuses to let him in.

      • Arpeggi says:

        Considering the hundreds that try to come to the USA by boat “the legal way” only to be send back to Europe, heck! I would have tried the illegal way too if the choice is between illegal and death. Sadly, this is exactly what millions are still facing today.

    • Lambda says:

      I’m afraid the fallacy is yours only.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        I think she is right. The situation is much more complicated now.

      • Lambda says:

        I seriously don’t want to debate T-shirt wisdom, and, while Ninette is right about reality being not that easy to distill, I was pointing out that the message was different than the one she attributed. If I clamor “Jesus was a refugee” I mean that every individual refugee is worthy of compassion.

    • SnarkySnarkers says:

      Its a shame that the refugee situation in Europe is being taken advantage of by aggressive men who are raping young woman. Sad situation. I hope they get that mess straightened out over there.

      • Spiderpig says:

        But why generalise? The vast majority of men who commit rapes are not refugees. The vast majority of refugees are not raping. More refugees have been raped than have committed rape.

        It’s stupid to talk about “refugees” like they’re a single entity in the first place. You have many thousands of men, women and children from dozens of differ countries and different religions who are now living in various different countries. A Somalian 11yr old orphan living in Jungle camp in Calais has less in common with a middle aged male Syrian refugee in Greece than with my 11yr old son.

      • qwerty says:

        Actually the stats are really not good for refugees/immigrants/whatever you call them when it comes to sexual violence. There’s very few of them in most western countries’ population but they um, outperform the locals by far. For that reason Sweden stopped making those statistics public quite a while ago.

      • qwerty says:

        Also, the raped refugees you mention were mostly raped at refugee camps. There are camps where women don’t shower/change their clothes before sleep and don’t use the restrooms at night cause they know it’s a no-go area.

    • Spiderpig says:

      That’s not remotely what the shirt says? Like, at all?

    • hogtowngooner says:

      It’s a T-shirt, though. It’s just meant to spark the question, not recite an entire analysis.

      But I do see your point about these types of phrases (Einstein was a refugee) and Banksy’s painting of Steve Jobs as a Syrian refugee holding a Mac computer. I get the point they’re trying to make, but it’s sort of saying “You never know who amongst these refugees are super-smart and can change YOUR life” which doesn’t sit well with me. It should be “these people are PEOPLE, they are our fellow humans and as global citizens with a conscience we should help them, not because one MIGHT turn out to be the next Steve Jobs/Einstein.”

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      That shirt is saying nothing of the sort … you added those words yourself to twist the logic of the message.

      The implication is fairly clear: That we cannot stereotype refugees. One leading – and Jewish -scientist was a refugee. The shirt does not state or even imply all refugees would be leading (and Jewish) scientists. I think it’s just asking people to stop and examine their stereotypes about refugees.

      And that Banksy painting sounds silly. Why do we have to think about whether someone could be the next … Steve Jobs … in order to believe that their life has value?

      I’ve worked with political refugees who came to Canada. Most of them were highly educated but found that their opposition to oppressive regimes put them in harms’ way.

    • Lola says:

      How desperate must you be to make that insinuation that that’s what Angelina is saying? Sigh smh

  9. Mew says:

    Shiloh is a mini version of Brad.

    • Blackcat says:

      I love that Shiloh is carrying what looks to be a book–maybe a notebook or journal of some sort–and not staring down at a phone or ipad screen completely unmindful of anyone else.

  10. MV says:

    Its great that she involves her kids in her UN work as well as her movie work – so they are aware of their family reality but at the same time also stay aware of the bigger picture. Seems to be great parenting – good on Brad and Angelina.

  11. Spiderpig says:

    My partner works in a famous museum best known for its dinosaurs. Brad and Angie has visited several times with their kids and are consistently the nicest, most hands on VIPs ever (and they get tons of celebs and VIPs). One of their kids has a big passion for dinosaurs and the parents are really into that and encouraging it. It’s lovely to see because so many ordinary visitors bring their kids in then shove them off on the staff.

    • Colette says:

      People who have actually interacted with them always say the kids are polite and well behaved.

  12. Nymeria says:

    In a word, no.

  13. Barbara says:

    I wish I had enough time left to see Shiloh as an adult. I think she is so beautiful I want to see what she becomes.

  14. What's inside says:

    Einstein was not coming into this country to plan its destruction. If you are coming into the U.S. legally, to try to make a good life for yourself, and contribute to its society in a positive way, then welcome.

    • Who ARE these people? says:

      And refugees (from Syria mostly, and Muslim, given the backlash) ARE coming into this country to plan its destruction?

  15. hb41 says:

    The shirt is awesome! Shiloh has actually been to refugee camps and played with refugee children- it’s heartening to see privileged kids that looks beyond their own small world. Brad & Angie are among the least exposed celebrities despite all the intense interest- we hardly ever see their kids and when we finally do they are always so much bigger! They have no PR, no instagram, no twitter, no facebook, etc. and it makes me admire them even more for being so protective of their children and their lives.