Feminist writer Naomi Wolf gets her flirt on for Angelina Jolie in an article for July’s ‘Harper’s Bazaar,’ dedicating some serious ink to the woman who ousted Oprah to become most powerful celebrity in the world.
Wolf rhapsodizes Jolie’s accomplishments in “bring[ing] together almost every aspect of female empowerment and liberation,” and claims that “women both identify with her and desire her.”
According to Wolf, Jolie has broken through the previously unconquerable madonna/whore complex, allowing women to be accepted as good and badass. Kind of like a Mother F**kin’ Teresa!
Jolie’s evolution from a bisexual, brother-kissing, blood-carrying freak, to a goodwill ambassador, award-winning mother of many, made Jolie seem “more mature, more beautiful, and more serious,” says Wolf.
“Jolie revealed a new, and fairly radical, vision of single motherhood…”
“a delicious in-your-face countermove against conventions about who we are to one another and what ‘family’ is expected to look like.”
“She seems, without breaking stride, to care for half a football team of children while the rest of us tread water with our own biological offspring.”
And when Angie nabbed Brad Pitt from wife Jennifer Aniston during the filming of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith,’ “she managed the almost unheard-of task of turning the home-wrecker label into a wholesome, family-friendly triumph.
“There was little Maddox, who was growing up and clearly enjoying tossing footballs with his mother’s new boyfriend. Jolie had managed to head off the scarlet letter by giving a boy an ideal masculine counterpoint.”
E-freakin’-gads! Wolf sounds more like a sheep, fawning over the media darling’s teflon, do-no-wrong goddess.
Of course, the real story, as usual lies in the middle. Jolie was a pretty woman made more beautiful through fantastic, subtle plastic surgery. She can be a talented actress, has shown herself as a humanitarian, and yet has some obvious flaws in her character.
By putting her on a pedestal for this ridiculous piece, once again, Wolf is howlin’ up the wrong tree.