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Turns Out, Not Everyone Thinks Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy Was All That Courageous

By Dustin Rowles | Pajiba Love | June 18, 2013 | Comments ()


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This morning, over on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," the journalists basically failed to accord Russell Brand with any respect whatsoever, so he returned the favor by basically humiliating them on live television. It is a true wonder, and one of the few times I can honestly say that I like Russell Brand. (Uproxx)

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Melissa Etheridge doesn't think that Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy was very brave at all; in fact, she thinks just the opposite, not in a mean way, but in a fruitcake kind of way. (DListed)

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These rubber-band portraits are hilarious, terrifying. (Curious Brain)

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Finally, STFU, Parents takes a look, in part, at those entitled Moms who think that, just because it's Father's Day, the world owes Dads a favor because they spawned little hellions. As a father of three, I feel comfortable in saying that, while it's nice if your family is especially nice to you on Father's Day, the rest of the world doesn't owe you sh*t. Save it for the veterans. (STFU, Parents)



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  • Mrs. Julien

    The Russell Brand interview was glorious. I might reconsider him.

  • e jerry powell

    First the Tonys, then the Emmys, and now Hedwig.

    Face it, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS OWNS US ALL.

  • e jerry powell

    Melissa Etheridge would do well to stay out of the public eye at this point.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Meanwhile, completely coincidentally, Tammy Lynn Michaels is having a fantastic day

  • e jerry powell

    Ain't it funny the way that happens?

  • Slash

    People on MSNBC are journalists? Really?

    I consider everyone on cable news to be "personalities," at best.

    Anderson Cooper might still be a journalist, I'm not sure.

  • e jerry powell

    Depends on how close Kathy Griffin is.

  • Mrs. Julien

    And how much Prada he is wearing.

  • e jerry powell

    That too.

  • Quatermain

    RE: Russell Brand. Reminds me of Jon Stewart's famous 'Crossfire' appearance. Just because someone acts goofy for a living doesn't mean they won't crawfish on you and make you look foolish if you treat them badly.

    That being said, 'Morning Joe' is pretty much the only show on MSNBC that doesn't make me want to hurl things at the screen. That blonde woman who co-hosts with Joe (Mika something-or-other) is good enough at her job that she deserves to be on a better network.

  • e jerry powell

    Mika comes by it honestly: genetics. Diplomacy comes in handy when she has to sit next to Joe Scarborough.

  • dizzylucy

    10. Forest Whitaker was originally cast as Sawyer in “Lost.”

    That would have drastically changed some of my feelings while watching the show.

    My reaction to Russell Brand is not unlike Kramer's to Mary Hart, but I love a good smack down of disrespectful fools.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    That rubber band guy? I could never get my thin and pointy nose to do that, I can't even get a spoon to stick on it. I did used to mess up my features with scotch tape though, the results are predictably hilarious if you're into that sort of thing.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Oh god, I just noticed his ear... the cartilage abuse! That's right up there with bending a fingernail backwards.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Why would someone downvote my posts? They aren't offensive or provocative and if stupid comments always got downvoted, they'd be pretty damn busy on Disqus.

  • Donnasaurus

    My husband has especially bendy ears and it doesn't hurt him to bend them in half like that. It always amazes me because bending mine the same way is kinda painful.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I suspect my entire head is made of cartilage.

  • mb

    That Brand interview was so painful. STARTING the interview by saying they've never heard of him because they don't do 'pop culture', calling him the wrong name, referring to him in the third person, saying they can't understand him? Holy shitballs, talk about showing ZERO respect for a guest on their show.

  • rio

    We live in a society that constantly tries to deny and rationalize the unfairness of life, it's normal, I mean we are told to follow our dreams, that if we really want something bad enough and we put enough effort into it we will get it. But it's all a lie, too bad a lot of people try to apply that lie to diseases. Melissa Etheridge I get it, life is unfair, stuff happens for no reason, and you need to rationalize the fact that you had cancer and that you survived while many others didn't have the same luck, I guess it's a form of survival guilt? maybe Im applying the same cheap analysis to you as you did to Angelina Jolie. Nobody denies the benefit of a healthy diet and a positive attitude but blaming cancer patient for what happened to them and say people can avoid cancer is just make you look like a petulant child who hasn't see how the world really works.

  • e jerry powell

    Or just a ka-ray-zay loon.

  • the other courtney

    Ugh.

    Okay: MelissaE can suck it. Clearly the planet did not receive her memo on how to do cancer the right way.

    STFUP: This is why I made a point of thanking my husband for his sperm on Facebook. (Also because I'm crude and got sick of the honey-snookum-daddy-but-really-it's-about-me-because-I-have-the-ovaries posts on Sunday)

    Russel Brand: still on the fence about him but that was so, SO beautifully done.

  • sean

    I fail to see how Jolie's choice to have a mastectomy is anyone's fucking business other than her own, and her family.

  • Michelle Belden

    Well, she wrote about it in a public forum. I for one don't feel any need or right to comment on the courage of undergoing the genetic testing and surgery--and I understand people who wanted to point out that not everyone can afford the testing (or the reconstruction by the best plastic surgeons). But I do feel it was brave to share her experience with the world, considering how a large swath of the population feels they are owed "sexiness" by women, especially celebrity women. I think she took that on because it might help non-famous women who have to go through mastectomies to know that a woman who is generally accepted as sexy world-wide (I know I know YMMV!) had to go through that, too.

  • TCH

    How exactly do men feel that female celebrities owe them sexiness? Also I do not find Joliee's mastectomy disclosure courageous. Personally I think it is mostly just good PR on her part. I am not trying to be obnoxious. I have lost family members to cancer, however I am baffled by all the buzz surrounding this issue.

  • Michelle Belden

    "How exactly do men feel that female celebrities owe them sexiness?" I didn't say men, I said a large swath of the population? And not only female celebrities, but especially? However, even as I typed up a response to this, I just can't believe this question is being posed seriously on Pajiba of all places. But if you've somehow managed to escape the omnipresent objectification/sexualization/genericization hell let's just call it pornification of female humans in our media, bully for ya.

  • TCH

    I misread your comment. My apologies however I still feel that jolee isn t really that courageous. She belongs to one of the most beloved and one the wealthiest Hollywood power couples. No one will stop seeing her films because she had this procedure done. Lastly pajiba is not a fount paragon of intellect and wisdom it has issues like any other site.;

  • TCH

    Furthermore it is a celebrity's job to look good no one would pay to see a 300 lbs plus Robert downey Jr in the next iron man.

  • e jerry powell

    "How exactly do men feel that female celebrities owe them sexiness?"

    Carrie Fisher would be a good one to ask about that. She has a bit about the copper bikini and how it's still supposed to fit thirty years later...

  • competitivenonfiction

    I would like to publicly say FUCK YOU to everyone who believes we 'manifest' cancer. Listen you victim-blaming piece of shit morons, we live in a biological reality. That means we have cells, genes, tissue, blood, and all sorts of shit that can be influenced by a myriad of factors. Yes, there is a relationship between the mind and the body, but that doesn't mean that the mind controls the body or can override genetics and compounding environmental factors to stop uncontrolled cell growth.

    Your need to think you can avoid cancer by thinking or feeling it away is understandable, but criticizing someone for facing a difficult decision makes you an asshole. Stop behaving like your good luck indicates that someone else in the same position made a bad decision.

  • e jerry powell

    And clearly it didn't work that well for Melissa early on, because the cancer showed up anyway.

  • Viking

    I was about to say the same thing, and have a feeling maybe she is upset she is no longer the celebrity getting all the cancer attention?

  • e jerry powell

    Perhaps. Breast cancer, anyway. She certainly didn't have much to say about Patrick Swayze.

  • Maguita NYC

    This, so many times, THIS!

  • competitivenonfiction

    I'm confused why this got a downvote and I didn't.

  • Maguita NYC

    Oh, how rude of me! CNF, let me introduce my Pajiba stalker. My lil' pet dog.

    Little pet, please meet CNF. Quite the nice and knowledgeable Lady.

    Wondering what?? Well, I have earned the right to an obsessed fan. Someone who thinks about me, yearns for me all the time. Follows me around, shadowing my every post, hungering for my every word. And whenever feels neglected, for I am a cruel master with an easy whip for bad little xenophobes and misogynist pigs, I get downvoted for my thoughtlessness.

    You're thinking it is not normal for a grown-ass man to stalk a woman, even on the interwebs. You're thinking it ain't accepted behavior. I tell you leave my dog alone, for this is adulation at its best.

    Doggie, onwards to the Vice post.

  • competitivenonfiction

    If this were an American Gods kind of reality, he'd only be making you stronger.

    Plus, obviously you manifested him.

  • RilesSD

    THANK YOU for the Tyrin Turner piece. I've always been curious about what happened to him. Going off to read it now...

  • RilesSD

    Well, that was a little disappointing. Typical story of someone thinking they are bigger than they are. Still good to know what happened to him.

  • FYI, the link to STFU Parents takes you to the scary rubber band portraits.

  • pajiba

    Gah. Thanks.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    And Melissa Etheridge is a douchebag.

  • Maguita NYC

    Anyone who leaves their significant other and children penniless while gallivanting shamelessly with a side piece, is nothing but a douche and asswipe. Adding to this her jealousy because another woman has spoken more openly, and more articulately, about cancer makes her nothing but a bitter disappointment to the female gender.

    Proof that "misogynist pig" is not exclusively reserved to men anymore.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I don't give too many shits (read: none) about the doomed marriage between Brand and Perry, but I do think Brand is shaping up to be one of this generation's great social commentators, so I guess I give more of a damn about him.

    Still wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole, though.

  • Tinkerville

    I have had it-- HAD IT! with celebrities spouting "medical" nonsense out of their asses as though it's fact. We can avoid cancer by chilling out and not getting STRESSED, Melissa?! Fuck you. Kindly tell that to the millions of women who have died from the gene that you think magically turns itself on when a woman gets worked up over a parking space. GAH! The fact is, it's easy to laugh at it, but celebrities pulling this shit aren't being silly or harmless. I (sadly) know people who hang on the words of Jenny McCarthy and her autism spiels and it's dangerous.

    Sorry. Touched a nerve. Tinkerville SMASH. You go, Russell Brand.

  • kirbyjay

    Reminds me of when the incredibly intellectual Bijou Betty Boop Phillips explained impatiently to the world that depression, anxiety and other mental disorders were a myth, anti-depressants were for weak people and her grandparents never needed that crap and to just buck the fuck up and stop whining.
    Nope, Granny and Gramps never needed that crap but if you find yourself in a funk, try heroin like her father, her sister and she did.

  • Uda

    She's a Scientologist, so that's where she got the idea that mental disorders do not exist.

  • Ruthie O

    Word, Tinkerville. My brother was two years old when he was first diagnosed with cancer. The most stressful part of his life up to that point was potty training, and I highly doubt learning to pee into a toilet is what caused his leukemia.

  • Slash

    Yeah, my father died of cancer. If only he hadn't had alcoholic parents, gone to law school while working a job, gotten married, had 4 kids and had financial problems in the 1980s, he'd be cancer-free today.

  • Bert_McGurt

    "... looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything."

    Listen Melissa - if you wanted to stay away from acid you probably should have had someone other than DAVID CROSBY father your kids.

  • dizzylucy

    If she truly believes that, how can she explain kids getting cancer? Are there a lot of stressed out 2 year olds or something?

  • BlackRabbit

    If they live in Derry, maybe.

  • MissAmynae

    its from all that thrusting their fists against the posts.

  • PaddyDog

    THIS. THIS. THIS. THIS.

  • $27019454

    Seeeeeriously hate this woman for this idiotic remark. Haaaaate. So very many myriad and colorful fucks I do not give about what she has to say about this.

  • meadowdancer

    My mother died from breast cancer and I was ready to reach through the screen and choke that bitch out for real over her crappy claims. Really stress is what causes cancer. Fuck you. You made millions of dollars a year, apparently had a great wife and kids so why the fuck did you get cancer. Oh noes maybe it will come back again since I doubt your ex is not causing you some grief right now with her rightly calling you out for your shoddy ass behavior. FU Melissa Etheridge!

  • e jerry powell

    No, two great wives and four kids. Tammy was just the one that got screwed over. Julie got out before it could get to that point.

  • logan

    i really liked her music when it first came out. Then one day I realized it all sounded exactly the same so I quit buying it but I still had a soft spot for her. Now i find out she's kind of a dufus. Oh well. Well always have "Bring me some water"

  • Mrs. Julien

    I like the cut of your jib, Tinkerville.

  • Tinkerville

    Whoa, that's a thing on Disqus? Weird that my username doesn't show up instead. The more you know, @MrsJulien:disqus.. Mwahaha..

  • Mrs. Julien

    I did it, like, three times and then just went old school and used HTML to bold your name.

    This was all so much easier when it was stone tablets and chisels.

  • Tinkerville

    As my dad likes to say when he records all his shows on a VCR tape instead of just DVR'ing it, old school is better.

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