Monday, May 29, 2006

Holy Crap.

The mind simply boggles.

Oscar-winning actor Angelina Jolie has given birth to a daughter fathered by Hollywood movie star Brad Pitt.

Jolie, 30, gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt, in Namibia, Africa, People magazine reported yesterday.

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The Republic of Namibia - the impoverished country of 1.8 million known for its wild remoteness - not only welcomed the movie stars, it handed over control of its international land borders and airspace to them.
Oh my God. Are these people serious? Oh, they're serious. They're as serious as two out of control Hollywood movie stars can be.
As the world awaited the birth of the child at a luxury villa complex on the coast, Namibian authorities said they had bowed to pressure from Jolie and Pitt and granted them the right to ban foreign journalists from entering the country - a remarkable move for the Government of any sovereign state.

The stars told ministers they would quit the country unless allegedly intrusive journalists and paparazzi were brought to heel.
Pitt and Jolie pulled this trick off by use of economic blackmail against a desperately poor Third World nation.
But the exceptionally high-profile presence of Pitt and Jolie promises to be a massive boost to tourist income in the desperately poor country, where the average wage is $46 a week.

Three weeks ago, one South African and three French photographers were expelled from Namibia, a move attacked by human rights groups as a clear breach of the country's civil liberties legislation.
I planned on closing with a rant, but really, what else can be said?

Hat Tip: Drudge, of course.

Update: In the comments, Amba asks, "Are you sure that wasn't in "The Onion"?? It sounds like a parody."

It does sound like a parody, so I've decided to check into this a little more. Here's an AP story that Fox News has posted. It pretty much confirms The New Zealand Herald/Reuters story. Amba won't like this bit, though:
Darryn Lyons, the chairman of Big Pictures, which runs Mr. Paparazzi.com, said in London that the two stars are certain to gain more attention by taking up residence in a poor corner of Africa then they would in the United States.

"I don't think they could have given the people more of an appetite to see the new creature," said Lyons, referring to the decision to hole up in Namibia. "It is the most anticipated baby since Jesus Christ."
The title of this post just became more appropriate. That fits nicely with this story.
LANGSTRAND, Namibia (Reuters) - Half of Namibians voting in an informal radio survey believe the day Angelina Jolie gives birth should be declared a national holiday, an honor usually reserved for kings, queens and national heroes.
Apparently, Namibia hopes this will spark a tourism boom. I do seem to recall that Namibia is a geologist's paradise, but I'm not sure that's what the typical tourist is looking for.

Sorry, Amba. I should have left open the possibility that this was all a parody....

6 comments:

amba said...

Are you sure that wasn't in "The Onion"?? It sounds like a parody.

Icepick said...

As best I can tell, The New Zealand Herald is legit. And the story is supposed to be from Reuters. But I'll double check to be certain it isn't parody.

forestwalker said...

Third-world countries have been forced to do much worse for foreign investment (or American aid).

Icepick said...

Dude, you are so missing the point.

Dawn said...

Not only are they self-obsessed, they've elevated the art of swag to a whole new level - an entire nation!

Cool blog, btw!

Icepick said...

A nation-state as swag - I love it!