I thought Anderson Cooper was trying to cultivate an image as a tough reporter. Emotional, but tough. Well, not when it comes to Angelina Jolie. Last night, in his "exclusive interview" with the world's most glorified mother, Anderson spent the better part of what looked like a 15-minute sit-down (parsed out to viewers over two hours) gushing about what a glorious person Angelina was. To her credit, she tried to be a little more grounded. When Anderson went ga-ga over the fact that she gives a third of her income to charity, Jolie shot back: "I have a stupid income."
So does Anderson, especially given his book deal, but hey, he feels the refugees' pain, too. He went to great lengths to remind us that he has witnessed human suffering, and showed us clips of his own reporting from Africa, back when he had more hair. Now, I don't want to sound too cynical about this; I do admire Jolie for caring, and calling attention to serious world issues. I don't mind that she's willing to offer herself as bait to raise awareness for the cause; CNN viewers had to sit through some serious news packages in order to get their Shiloh fix.
But something sits with me funny about the whole endeavor, and I'm still trying to sort out what it is. Maybe I expected more from Anderson. Maybe I just refuse to believe that Angelina is Mother Teresa. Maybe I'm upset that we apparently need our Mother Teresas to look like Angelina Jolie.
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