The debate continues over the exact nature of the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Smith stars, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and what role their “friendship” played in the collapse of Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston. As women choose sides, the controversy has turned into a tale of two tees as women buy t-shirts to show their support.
T-Shirts for Team Aniston and Team Jolie
Cashing on this controversy, is Kitson, a business savvy boutique that’s selling baseball T-shirts that say “Team Aniston” or “Team Jolie.” The $30 trendy tees, made by White Trash Charms, were recently featured in People magazine. Women can now show the world where their loyalties lie. So far Team Aniston is in the lead.
Who Chooses Which Side And Why
Have you ever wondered who chooses which side and why? In a recent interview with Brittany Schaeffer of the New York Daily News asked my opinion about the type of women who support Angelina, those who support Jen; and why women choose the sides they do.
Read on for my assessment of the players on Team Aniston and Team Jolie:
Women who support Jen by wearing the Team Aniston tees tend to be
o Scorned wives, ex-wives, and single women who have been cheated on in the past. With an estimated 38 to 53 million female victims of infidelity, it’s no surprise that Team Aniston tees are currently outselling Team Jolie tees by a margin of 20 to 1.
o Women who feel Angelina deliberately seduced Brad away from Jen, even if she didn’t actually sleep with him – yet.
o Women who blame Angelina for the split between Brad and Jen.
o Women who view Angelina as a predator with a hidden agenda that included seducing her co-star in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. (Angelina admits that she always falls in love with her male co-stars.)
o Women who identify with Jen’s sweet, innocent, girl-next-door image.
o Women who believe Angelina’s self-described role of being a shoulder for Brad to cry on was all a part of her scheme to snare him.
o Women who are convinced that showing Brad what a wonderful mother she is, was part of Angelina’s strategy to win Brad’s heart — especially since children are his hot button.
o Women who feel that Jen got a raw deal in all this whole affair.
Women who align themselves with Angelina by sporting the Team Jolie tee tend to be
o Women who identify with the mistress or the “Other Woman”
o Sexy, sultry, seductive types, or women who identify with these traits.
o Women who subscribe to the theory of “put your man first and do whatever it takes to keep him.”
o Women who fault Jen for putting her career ahead of her husband.
o Women who feel that since Brad felt so strongly about having children, Jen should have given him a child. Since money was not an issue, they could have easily hired a Nanny so Jen could continue to pursue her acting career.
o Women who feel that if a woman doesn’t do the things necessary to hold onto her man, then she deserves to lose him.
o Women who feel that Angelina was not to blame for Brad and Jen’s divorce.
o Women who feel that Brad and Angelina make a better ( sexier, more interesting) couple than Bran and Jen.
Meanwhile, the tee shirts are selling like hotcakes, as women choose sides and show their support. And the controversy is boosting box office sales for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which remains among the top 5 summer movies. Team Jolie tees showed a brief surge in sales the week Mr. and Mrs. Smith was released, but Team Aniston tees still hold the lead. (They’re on back order right now, so if you want one, there’s currently a 2-week wait.)
Nobody Blames Brad
What’s interesting to note is that hardly anyone is holding Brad responsible for his role in the situation. Most people overlook the fact that regardless of the state of Brad’s marriage at the time, he made the final decision on how far to let the situation with Jolie go. Much of the blame for the split rests squarely on his shoulders. He obviously saw the situation developing, but did nothing to put a cap on it or to sever the growing friendship between himself and Angelina Jolie.
Pitt continues to maintain that he and Jolie are “just friends.” But new photos of them as a couple seem to pop up every week. The most recent ones appeared in People magazine. Maybe Brad needs a T-shirt that says “We’re Just Friends” to help him get the message across. Meanwhile, Angelina continues to insist that she and Brad never had sex. How about a T-shirt for her that says “We’re NOT having an affair.”
Inappropriate Friendships Can Ruin a Marriage
Directly or indirectly, Brad’s “friendship” with Angelina seems to have been a contributing factor to the collapse of his marriage to Jen. Inappropriate friendships with members of the opposite sex can undermine a marriage even if there’s no sex involved. The Pitt-Jolie “friendship” is a perfect example of that. Whatever the exact nature of their relationship, it’s obvious that the two are very close. Inappropriate friendships like these can lead to emotional infidelity, which can be just as destructive to a marriage as the real thing. And sexual infidelity is usually not far behind. I think what we really need is a T-shirt that warns everyone “Today’s inappropriate friendship is tomorrow’s extramarital affair.”
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