With the news Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are filing for divorce, the internet has revived an early 2000s rivalry but 11 years later, its looking tired and sexist
Its Tuesday afternoon and the current status of the internet is hyperventilating. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are filing for divorce. Yep, Brangelina is over and people are going brananas but the spotlight isnt Brad or Angie or even Shiloh. No, its on Jennifer Aniston. Again.
Its been 11 years since the two split, and yet the Brangelina breakup has caused ripple effects all over social media, with memes and gifs of an ecstatic Aniston flooding Twitter and Facebook. Offline there is similar excitement. Hairdressers are full of women demanding a Rachel to pledge solidarity for Jen. Offices are empty as people run out to try and find that Team Jolie shirt theyre pretty sure is still in their closet. In lower Manhattan I observed one woman sobbing outside Goodwill. I knew I shouldnt have donated my Team Jolie shirt away last year she said, between tears.
I may be exaggerating slightly but only slightly. People really, really care about the supposed Jolie v Jen rivalry. Indeed this largely fictional feud lasted longer than Brad Pitts marriage to Aniston and Jolie combined. But why?