Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, offspring of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, is as cute as a button. She’s totally one of the cutest celebrity kids going and unlike other celebrity kids her age (read: Suri Cruise), she’s not forced to wear buttons and bows and makeup and heels.
The Pitt-Jolies were under fire this past month for a public debut of their female doppelganger, Shiloh, in a tie and bowler hat. Online media outlets practically castrated the parents for trying to turn their adorable daughter into a cute boy through a series of manipulative outfits, strategically planned to sway the child’s sexual orientation from whatever it is to something completely opposite.
… Um, okay.
But have no fears: Us Weekly states that they’ve called the experts in on this one and claim that there’s nothing wrong with the way that Shiloh dresses. Alleged friends of the Pitt-Jolie clan explain (not that they should have to) that Shiloh often chooses her own clothing, which is why some of her ensembles are a little outlandish in comparison to other children of her age. ”Experts” say that it’s a positive thing that Shiloh is able to pick and choose her clothing for the day because it reinforces an independent fundamental in the child’s ever-developing life.
Father of the child, Brad Pitt, was interviewed last year and claimed that Shiloh was in her Peter Pan phase and would only respond to the names ‘Peter’ or ‘John’. Some experts would try to weigh in on this shocking idea and claim that Shiloh was being emasculated by her parents in allowing her to continue such behavior.
What I ask, however, is who frigging cares? If the little girl wants to be a little boy, so be it! Not only do some childrengenerally go through this stage — there is no “norm” with constantly-evolving children – but some retain it for the duration of their childhood and adolescence. Just look at Chaz Bono. Born a girl, now a man and goddamn: there’s nothing wrong with it.
Children should be free to express themselves in the way they see fit. I personally commend Jolie and Pitt for rearing such an individualistic child. In my opinion, there’s nothing worse than stifling a child’s development or interests or orientations. It’s only going to cause confusion and heartache down the line.
Whether Shiloh is innocently play-acting or if she’s truly of a masculine mind frame, it’s best to let her explore her options at a young age — where a child’s imagination and hope is limitless and boundless. It’d be better for her to fully secure who she is in life at a young age than to feel repressed like the aforementioned Bono and have to wait half your life to completely embrace who you are.