“So Love Is Dead After the Brangelina Break-Up? Get a Life” Yonden Lhatoo, South China Morning Post, 22 September 2016

“The day of the earth-shattering announcement, #Brangelina saturated Twitter with 700 mentions a minute -- more than triple that of the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings.”

The world is running out of weeping emojis. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting divorced. A headline in Vogue magazine read: “Today shall go down as the day love died.” Reactions project despair: “Honestly, how do people expect me to still believe in love after this?”; “How is there hope for anyone else? There is no love in this world”; “I don’t know what to believe in any more”; “If love fails them there is no hope for us muggles”. If a couple with millions of dollars, six kids and a brand of overpriced rosé wine can’t make it, we should all just give up now.” The day of the earth-shattering announcement, #Brangelina saturated Twitter with 700 mentions a minute --more than triple that of the ongoing UN General Assembly meetings--. It’s good to know that the world has its priorities straight. I would contend, nonetheless, that super-rich celebrities really couldn’t care less about our delusional connections to their ups and downs, while they enjoy luxuries in life that the vast majority of us can only dream of. They eat, sweat and defecate like the rest of us. They shed hair, grow old, catch unglamorous diseases and die, just like any other Homo sapiens. And, yes, they also get married and divorced. I don’t derive any sadistic glee from the break-up of “the most beautiful and inspiring couple in Hollywood”. I don’t know them and I’m just not bothered enough to be sad or happy about it. Judging from media reports, the male half of Brangelina has already found a new love. The other is “beautiful and brilliant” enough to get any man she wants, if the very fans who are crying for her are to be believed, so why the tears? Serial monogamy is a way of life in Hollywood and beyond. Give them a few years, if not months, and they’ll each move on to the next great romance. And there’s nothing wrong with that. There’s only something wrong with the people outside the couple’s social circles overreacting to something that doesn’t really concern them.

 

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“So Love Is Dead After the Brangelina Break-Up? Get a Life” Yonden Lhatoo, South China Morning Post, 22 September 2016

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