So much about being a leader today, is allowing yourself to be a target of others emotional transference issues of past grievances.
You can see this occurring with the Obamas right now as leaders of America. It’s also occurring with debut film director Angelina Jolie in Bosnia.
Reports The Associated Press: “ARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Angelina Jolie has cut short the shooting of her first movie in Bosnia, her producer said, after rumors that it portrayed a relationship between a rapist and his victim sparked protests from women assaulted during the Bosnian War.
Jolie had originally planned to shoot scenes for her movie for about ten days in Bosnia, but now her crew will film the scenes in just three or four days, said Edin Sarkic, Jolie’s Bosnian producer. Jolie herself will only briefly visit the set, he said.
The change of plans came after rumors surrounding the movie’s storyline angered an association of women raped during the war in Bosnia who heard the film was about a rape victim falling in love with her rapist. They pressured city officials to withdraw Jolie’s filming permit in October.
Mass rape was a taboo topic in the immediate aftermath of the country’s 1992-95 war between Serb and Bosnian Muslim forces but since then victims have formed a group to campaign for their rights, which has become one of the country’s most powerful lobbies.”
There’s only so much a friend can take. Being a leader is always about being a friend. To put yourself into a hot seat of heated underlying debate and humanitarian issues, is something that Angelina Jolie excels at. She loves drawing out controversy and getting people talking as a part of their remedial recovery as nations of people, by just turning up and putting a spotlight on them as ‘a tourist.’
Barack Obama on the other hand, has it tougher. You can’t be a tourist in your own nation, so I feel sorry for him as he’s copping every racial slur in the book, every religious bigoted fear and slur as well –in addition to being castigated for previous governance models, extraction of cash from the average American person–who pay for an elite order of peoples sense of entitlement, further compounding America’s debt situation.
All of the attacks on Obama are largely due to facilitating ‘emotional transference issues’ of the American people on this man, his wife and family. However, it’s not like he can do an Angelina Jolie, and ‘quit a tough location’ by taking leadership somewhere else a little easier. Wishing Washington and Hollywood in Hungary all the best, navigating these emotional minefields this week! Both Obama and Angie, could just stick to being Magazine cover models, but they choose to facilitate change. Good for them. Here’s Jolie’s latest magazine cover for December Vogue.
In the magazine she claims: her 6-year-old son Pax is a better cook than she is. The article, offers readers a rare glimpse inside the Jolie-Pitt household with its six kids, bulldog named Jacques and nannies who speak Vietnamese to Pax and Cambodian to Maddox. With good humor, Hollywood’s leading lady claims that 9 year-old son Maddox raised her. Lol! Love it.
[Images via Just Jared]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.19.10~
A different view: Photoshopped Aubergine featuring the letters, A & B.
If you blog from Hollywood “A” will always stand for Angeles, Angel (a messenger), or, Angelina (Jolie) – a second generation proven Hollywood star and cultural, global treasure of America.
“B” in Hollywood’s current celebrity star system, will always stand for Brad (Pitt)- champion celebrity supporter of the New Orleans Saints football team, who wear a Super Bowl ring. “B” stands for Barack (President Obama, husband of FLOTUS Michelle Obama) and Bill (Clinton) husband of the current US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton or (more current) Canada‘s teen entertainer, Bieber (Justin) or a returning Kawana (Governor) of California, Jerry Brown too.
Of these names listed – American culture is spun, millions of dollars, time, energy, resources, hours and hours and hours of global attention and effort are spent printing, distributing, broadcasting, (watching, viewing, emulating, discussing at office water coolers) any inkling of a sighting or a key message from any one of these names.
As celebrities of entertainment, politics, music, arts and culture – they form a multi-billion dollar industry that generates around them each day. AB people, leading the world – in a metaphor of a (solar) star system, or the particles of an atom. They are the oracles, of a Super Power’s discourse. The artillery (signifiers elect by popular free-choice vote) of a super power’s dominance and culture–imploring the key message of: ‘emulate US’ worldwide. They’re fun people. Fun sells. As celebrities of US culture, I like them all. More often than not, they always bring a smile.
“B” also equals whose got the ball. B is also about what you do for others when you have the ball.
You’re an A-List star in Hollywood when you do A-List worthy things with the ball you hold in your hands for others. Angelina Jolie perhaps sums this up the best, on her humanitarian missions for the UN, to people of the world most needing advocacy. AB is a blood type (like any other, O type for example is too) –the signifier of human life globally–symbolizing the movement of a pulse for the good, across the globe, for people.
Practically speaking though, if you’re from New Zealand and you’re a rugby football enthusiast, AB stands for All Blacks and of them and what they have achieved in sports and what AB’s culture has inspired for human rights records of the World (cf: Nelson Mandela‘s story and human rights, apartheid advocacy via Maori New Zealanders and Kiwis in the documentary films of artist, Merata Mita, one of the most significant filmic artists in the world of all time, who held, focused or directed a camera, in often zero budget filming conditions–yet in a Queenly manner, like Angelina Jolie is now as a debut director, seeing beyond color bars into the heart of genocidal, raping tendencies as a filmic theme)–is only the stuff Hollywood legends are written of and made of. Hence that very long sentence. Sorry ’bout that.
On the other side of the world, in New Zealand, at a significant time in world history as captured on film in Merata’s film, Patu! – AB’s culture helped free a Nobel Peace Prize Winning King, of South Africa. His life story of freedom, is a Kiwi story too. He’s in our hot mix. Maori and Kiwi’s freed him with advocacy also, helping give Nelson his long awaited cup of Liberty in his unique journey of a very long walk to freedom as a now celebrated South Africa icon of the world. When New Zealand play South Africa in rugby, we celebrate our part we play, in his ongoing legacy of freedom. He gave us a challenge, we responded, and that legacy to free others, will always be what we do in rugby country, Middle Earth. It’s a proven gift, a cultural taonga (inner treasure) AB Kiwi-thinkers have, carry, possess, pass on to others when needed for the world.
We instigate the play and the pass of freedom with our actions and instincts, outworked in a teamwork formation. We always have.
AB thinkers and action star-doers, are ‘Humanitarian Messangers of Sport.’ They are down-to-earth and fine Commonwealth people. Their nobility of spirit is defined by a Joe Blogg’s-appearing cloak of humility.
Like any rugby football enthusiast or ‘team work sports’ appreciating Kiwi in the world –The AB’s are our fun heroes. Gladiators of sport, whenever they appear, they symbolize fearless change in a modern world of fiercely contested challenges. New teamwork strategies in play is what they evolve as a science of sport and an art form of globally loved entertainment. They are masters at evolving the game of play and making it better.
Image: Photo-shopped Aubergine (deep purple) appearing as black. Hot image via Freaking News website.
[For a good Baba Ganoush dip recipe, enjoyed by people in the Middle East equally (regardless of geographical borders) and also with people in the Western World too, check out David Bovitz recipe. Pictures are also DB's. Recipe found here].
What’s cooking in your kitchen for the world America? Good things, I trust. Happy cooking, creating, eating, shared and diverse dining. Peace ya’ll! :)
[Below Image: 'Canterbury Kia Mau Training Rugby Ball" courtesy if Ikon Sport].
A and B are two important keys on a King or Queen’s piano’s keyboard. I am not either. I am the “C” key, of Middle Earth (eyes are needed to C), like any try-and-do-some-good Kiwi does, I try and join in too, in and around supporting our rugby footballers to excel in teamwork opportunities that get the best results on and off the field.
Our rugby players are our AB’s stars. The rest of us Kiwi’s – at best, tend to play the “Middle C” key role of Middle Earth – to entertain for a peaceful and productive future of “big hearted” purposes in the world. Baba Ganoush - with pita bread as a change from Latino-staple Corn Chips and Salsa, in this Jerry Brown latino-voted California’s elect future, of political climate change terrain of Hollywood, that I blog from. Exciting times.
Keeping it real, is having a diverse taste palate. That way, we’re more likely to consider the needs of others, with a worldview different and/or similar to our own. Mature tastes then maturing together with consideration and love for others in our stout rugby and football hearts- Baba Ganoush, why not?! You know it. Peace!
~Music, Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come in honor of Motown Artists contribution to the world for MO-vember rugby nation mugs 2010. Courage to Collaborate And Bee more awesome. Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.5.10~
Miss Sarajevo of the Hollywood film directing world (aka Angelina Jolie) had all the support she needed for her debut filmmaking outting as camera’s rolled in Bosnia for her “Untitled War Love Story” a novel adapation.
Filming a story set in a dramatic back drop of genocide, rape, human atrocities of war being overcome by love between two people initially cast as enemies will always be a heavy yet redemptive film to create and bring to life on the screen.
Thankfully Jolie has a supportive running mate, with Brad Pitt who constantly encourages and distracts at the right times too, Hollywood’s leading lady – even sucking face at work, when he feels the moment calls. Big romance love. So California, how these two roll!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.18.10~
Talking to Larry King, Samantha Geimer – the women who was raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski at aged 13 had these things to say:
Geimer is: a) not forgiving of him. b) thinks Polanski has served his time. c) thinks she’s been more damaged by the court system and the media than what Polanski did to her at 13.
Three different perspectives presented in a simple answer. A wise lady. Video clip at this link. R.A.I.N.N is also an organisation that helps American teens who have and are being raped. Adults too. Click on their logo above, to see what they’re about if interested. Chirstina Ricci is their spokesperson.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.8.10~