The celebrity media cycle goes something like this: Massive positive buzz, backlash, love, hate, love, hate and so on. Stars are put on pedestals if only to tear them down. The formula is simple: Create drama because it sells. It’s never fair and it’s always a bit cruel, but it’s the way things work. But when the target is a four year old girl, it’s time for people to say “Stop.”
For the past year outlets have been buzzing about Angelina Jolie’s daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s “boy” wardrobe. Instead of just seeing a little girl who likes to dress like a tomboy, this non-story has been turned into a study in gender identity and scratches at the underlying fear that somehow combat boots will socialize young Shiloh into becoming a lesbian.
It won’t. And if she does happen to grow up and like women instead of men, who cares? It won’t be because she had wore combat boots before the time she was five. Combat boots, by the way, are in style now, a newly purchased pair nicely placed on my shoe rack waiting for the right weather. If anything, this little girl is right on with Fall’s hottest trend.
Luckily, Angelina is staying calm amongst the chaos and keeping a clear head. She’s sounded off on Shiloh’s wardrobe plenty of times, saying things that most mothers have said before and can agree with. “It’s not my choice. I have a very strong-willed four-year-old girl who tells me what she wants to wear and I let her be who she is,” she told Stylist over the summer. “Shiloh cried and said, ‘Please cut my hair off, I don’t want to have long hair. I’m not going to leave it long because somebody thinks I should.”
Angie is ok with it, but the tabs will only leave Shiloh alone when it hurts their bottom line. When you see this week’s issue at the grocery store, don’t buy it.