You probably already know about Brad Pitt's mother, Jane, and her pro-Christian, anti-Obama and anti-gay marriage letter to The Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Missouri. On Friday, the brief note was the talk of the media, as it drew a stark contrast between a famous son -- who embraces President Barack Obama and his policies -- and his mother who very clearly does not.
While the family initially remained quit, Brad's brother, Doug, has come forward to address his views on the matter, while also defending his mother. On Monday, he appeared on the "Today" show, where he said that it's perfectly normal for members of the same family to agree to disagree on a great variety of issues. Politico has a portion of the transcript:
"You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different?...There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you and I think there should be. You know, the bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don't have that in our family. It's open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something."
Below, watch this portion of the interview:
And here's the full video of the discussion:
While Doug has been vocal, his mother has seemingly retreated from the controversy. World Net Daily claims to have spoken with her briefly in an attempt to gain her perspective about the furor that followed after her letter to the local outlet went public. Writer Jack Minor claims that Jane has faced death threats as a result of her comments in the note and that when he reached her, she politely declined to speak about the incident.
Minor goes on to claim that Pitt may simply be fearful after the angst that followed her commentary. Certainly, we can't know for sure how, exactly, she's feeling, but some of the Twitter activity in the wake of the incident (as compiled by Twitchy) does, indeed, showcase some reasons for the Hollywood mom to be nervous:
And these are only some of the more vehement responses.
In the note that started the controversy, Pitt was responding to another writer’s article that was critical of Romney and Mormonism. In her brief letter, she claimed that she’s a Christian and she urged other believers to strongly consider voting for the GOP candidate, despite potential ideological differences concerning his theology.
“I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon,” she wrote.
Jane went on to deride Obama and to highlight the reasons why she won't be supporting his re-election campaign. You can read the original note here.