In the latest development in the saga surrounding the letter to the editor Brad Pitt’s mother wrote blasting President Barack Obama on abortion, Jane Pitt has a new defender in Jon Voight, Brad Pitt’s father-in-law-to-be.
That Voight would have to come to Jane Pitt’s defense, rather than her son looking out for her, has cause many movie-watchers to see Brad Pitt in a negative light.
Jane Pitt faced death threats from liberal activists following her letter to the editor to a newspaper in which she blasts President Barack Obama for his lengthy pro-abortion record. In the letter published by the Springfield News-Leader, Pitt calls President Obama, “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies.” She adds, “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama.”
Now, Academy Award-winner Voight, one of the few conservative voices in Hollywood, is defending Jane Pitt. Yesterday he told Fox News that he agrees with Jane Pitt’s views. “Good for her” for expressing them, Voight said, adding that he agrees with her viewpoints.
Earlier this week, Brad’s brother, Doug went on NBC’s TODAY to defend their mother.
“You know,” he said, “I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all overthe world. So why would our family be any different? There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you. The bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other, and if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.”
Even though Pitt stands with the majority of Americans who are pro-life on abortion, new reports indicate she is facing an extreme backlash from pro-abortion activists. A WND storysays Jane Pitt “has been scared into silence by the hate-filled, vulgar and even violent reaction to her” letter.
Pitt has even been the subject of death threats following her letter to the editor of Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader in which she asserted failure to vote for Republican presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney constituted a vote for Obama.
WND spoke briefly with Pitt and asked about the media assault against her for her comments as a private citizen supporting Romney. With inflections in her voice that conveyed fear and despair, she quietly and politely said she was not interested in talking to anyone in the media about the incident.
When she was told WND supported her right to speak her mind and is appalled by the threats against her life, Pitt expressed gratitude to WND for being one of the few news agencies doing so. Even her thank you, however, was said in a subdued manner laden with heaviness of heart.
Pitt had every reason to be frightened. Following her letter to the editor in her local newspaper, the mainstream media have painted her comments in a vilifying light.
On Twitter, the backlash against Pitt has been especially fierce, with Twitter-poster Sandy Kownacka posting, “Brad Pitt’s mom, die.” And a tweet from “I Bleed Gaga” added, “Brad Pitt’s mom wrote an anti-gay pro-Romney editorial. Kill the b—-.
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.”
As one of President Obama’s most outspoken backers in Hollywood, actor Brad Pitt does not share his mother’s views. Pitt reaffirmed his support for President Obama earlier this year saying, “I’m an Obama supporter, no question.”
It is unfortunate that both Brad Pitt and his fiancée actress Angelina Jolie are not pro-life on abortion. The couple has six children, a large family especially by Hollywood standards. Three of the Jolie-Pitt children are biological while three were adopted. Both Pitt and Jolie have been adoption advocates for years, even in the face of criticism in Hollywood.
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“I had a friend who had a big family when I was a kid. I just loved the chaos around the breakfast table and the fighting and the ribbing, and the mom making pancakes for everyone or the dad making pancakes,” Pitt told the Associated Press in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.
Jane Pitt’s letter underscores the importance of every pro-life advocate taking action in the 2012 elections. After last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding the pro-abortion Obama healthcare law, this can’t be stated enough.