Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Random Fuzzy

Stephanopoulos' aside that Brad was "of course a part of the family" made it a two-part question but it is clear that the main question was if she still believed he was a wonderful father, and her response was "of course."  In saying "of course" emphatically even without elaborating she gave him a strong endorsement as a father.  So it would be reasonable to conclude that one of the reasons why they are and will always be together and a family is because she still believes him to be a wonderful father.

Stephanopoulos noted, as we did, her use of "family" in her initial statement which was a big hint that she was also looking after Brad.

The GMA interview followed the BBC interview.  Unlike with a face to face interview, a satellite interview always involves a split second lag and it somewhat affects the flow of the interview and our perception of her reaction to the question. 

BBC: We know that an incident occurred that led to your separation. We also know you haven't said anything about this.  Would you like to say something now?
AJ: "...Only that...I don't want to say very much about that...except to say it was a very difficult time. And, and we are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it,
BBC (audio) :  Because you haven't said much actually, the tabloids have been doing all the talking for you.  And you haven't said anything at all.
AJ: And I won't.
BBC: Can I ask how you are coping?
AJ: "I'm, I'm...Many, many people find themselves in this situation and this kind of...my whole, my family… we're all, we’ve all been through a difficult time. It's not ...My focus is my children, our children… and it is...and my focus is finding this, this way through. And as I said we are..we are and forever will be a family and so that is my...that is how I am coping.  I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”
The point of the first part of her answer above is one she frequently makes when asked about how she copes -- whether its taking care of six children or her many commitments or her health -- that her position isn't unique or even exceptional.  That she wasn't the only one in a difficult position, they all had a hard time and many other people have to cope with similarly difficult family situations.

BBC: What do you really want to do when you wake up first thing in the morning?
AJ:  "Get through the day.  It's been a difficult few months.  Right now, I’m going through a moment where there's just everybody’s in my room.  Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It’s wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who’s going to get the dog out, who’s going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth.” 
It's been a difficult few months but now she can say she's having a wonderful time.  And I made the point in the previous post that part of the reason is because those latter thoughts are directed at the people in the room and indicate Brad is there and alternates with her in making pancakes.   Needless to say, she did not bring the dogs and hamsters to Cambodia and they are not taking over the hotel kitchen to make pancakes.  She is talking about their home life.  While there are again no photos of Brad, the family has been away from L.A. for at least a week and Brad would not want to be apart from them that long.  As with Crested Butte they would have found a way for him to slip in and out quietly.  Angelina herself seems to be traveling quietly as there are no airport photos of her.

GS: You filed for divorce, you said, for the health of your family.  Is your family healthier now?
AJ:  We are..we are ..... focusing on the health of our family, and so..and so we will be.  We will be.  We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family."

GS: In the past you described Brad often as a wonderful father, of course he's part of the family.  Do you still believe that?
AJ:  Of course.  Of course.  We will always be a family. Always.

She gave what looks and sounds like a sigh of relief.  She had a fleeting hint of a smile before she composed herself and proceeded to answer deliberately.  She searched to find the right word and seemed to start to say "working" but shook her head and chose "focusing."  Unlike "working," "focusing" doesn't necessarily connote any action on their part.  So while she may have declined to say so at  this time, they don't need to do anything more to be a healthier family.  She paused but did not sigh when responding to the question about Brad.

"When (they) come out of this" will be when their legal path is cleared, "this" being the dissolution petition.  Being legally married turned out to provide valuable protection for the children because the divorce petition served as an umbrella under which legal safeguards for the children's recovery could be put in place and enforced by the court.  It's a benefit of being legally married that Angelina never imagined she would need.

Her answers became firmer and more definite.  She went from, "We will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family" and "make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer" to "We will be stronger when we come out of this because that's what we're determined to do as a family."

She was consistently firm and resolute in saying "we are and forever will be a family"  and "We will always be a family. Always."

"...get through .... come out... stronger... closer...."

She didn't use any of the key words from past statements -- healing, recovery, reunification.  Or delicate and sensitive.  We know she wouldn't be talking about getting through and coming out of this unless they were in fact already through and out of it.  The children have recovered.  The family has healed and they've been reunited.  They are back to being a family.  A healthier family.

They are all visibly happy and relaxed -- including Brad before Jan. 25.  Her face hasn't been this full in years so she has been eating well.  In her interviews she was often lighthearted and playful. She is clearly in a very happy and jovial mood.

The family is already stronger and closer so she can confidently say they are, always and forever will be a family.  She didn't say they have always been a family.  She is saying now and in the future.

-- Fussy


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Angelina Jolie made an appearance on Tuesday’s Good Morning America, where she addressed how her family is doing in the wake of her filing for divorce from Brad Pitt last fall.
“We are focusing on the health of our family, and so we will be, we will be stronger when we come out of this,” Jolie told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos during the interview, “because that’s what we’re determined to do as a family.”
She added “of course” she still thinks of Pitt as a wonderful father and part of the family. “We will always be a family, always,” she said.
Jolie spoke to GMA from Cambodia, where she has been promoting her latest directorial effort, First They Killed My Father. The film, which will be released on Netflix, is based on author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s book of the same name recounting her suffering under the horrific regime of Khmer Rouge.
“This country means a great deal to me. This country has been through so much,” Jolie said. “Forty years ago this war affected every single individual here, and I wanted to understand [it] myself. I don’t know much of my son’s [Maddox] birth parents, but I believe they would’ve gone through this war. I wanted to understand him and his culture in a deeper way, and I wanted to bring this story to this country in this country’s language, and I wanted to tell the story of Luong Ung, who’s a dear friend of mine.”


  1. Cambodia: Jolie lauds survivors of forced marriage

    Actress, director, and human rights campaigner works for prosecution of Khmer Rouge crimes against women

    Actress, director, and humanitarian Angelina Jolie spent Tuesday night in the Cambodian capital, pledging her support for efforts to prosecute the Khmer Rouge crime of forced marriage and those working here to end violence against women.

    Jolie, a UN special envoy for the rights of refugees, co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague in 2012. Two years later, both spearheaded a summit in London focusing on ending sexual violence in conflict.

    She recently directed a feature film called First They Killed My Father, set in Cambodia and based on a book about the memories of a child during the Khmer Rouge. The film premiered in the northern city of Siem Reap over the weekend, and in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night.

    Speaking at an event held by the British Embassy, Jolie acknowledged the work of the NGO and legal community to highlight the sexualized crimes that were committed during the conflict.

    “Please, please let me know how I can in any way further all the great work you’ve been doing and add to your voices,” she said.

    She said she was “very conscious of the part that [sexual violence] played in the suffering of the Cambodian women in the genocide.”

    “I welcome the fact the [Khmer Rouge] tribunal has begun to address this issue and I pay tribute to all the survivors in Cambodia, including those who have so bravely given evidence,” Jolie added.

    “I believe they are heroes to us all. There is so much stigma and they face so much opposition, it is so important that we stand by them and protect them and hear them and respect them.”

    A crime against humanity

    Forced marriage during the Khmer Rouge era in 1975-1979 has been tried as a crime against humanity by prosecutors in what is known as Case 002/02 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

    International co-prosecutor Nicolas Koumjian told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday that the crime of forced marriage is “distinct from any other case that we’ve had and international jurisprudence about forced marriage,” even compared to cases in Sierra Leone, Africa, where women and girls were given away to rebel soldiers.

    In Cambodia, the policy was designed to “defend the [Communist Party of Kampuchea] socialist revolution…through the regulation of marriage by whatever means necessary,” the court says.

    British Ambassador Bill Longhurst said in a speech that a documentary commissioned by the embassy on the subject of forced marriage “will surely be an invaluable source of knowledge and experience to inform any future such action in international or hybrid courts.”

    The documentary, which features testimonies of survivors of the forced marriage policy, is set to roll out as soon as possible, he said, with a focus on trying to have it shown in universities.

    Speaking to Anadolu earlier on Tuesday, Theresa de Langis, lead researcher on the Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project, said Jolie’s attempts to highlight the trauma of forced marriage in Cambodia will be of benefit to members of the community advocating for survivors.



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