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Angelina, Brad Pitt supportive as 8-year-old daughter, Shiloh, insists on being a boy called ‘John’

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Screenshot from Fox News.

Only in the minds of Hollywood liberals can it make sense to allow an 8-year-old to dress and act like the opposite sex.

The entertainment world has been abuzz since Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the daughter of superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, showed up in a suit and tie on the red carpet for the opening of Jolie’s directorial hit, “Unbroken.”

But the family has been open for years about Shiloh wanting to be a boy.



During a 2008 appearance on the “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” when Shiloh was 2 years old, Pitt revealed that the family had been calling the little girl by a different name.

“She only wants to be called ‘John,’” Pitt said at the time. “So we’ve got to call her John. ‘Shi, do you want…’ ‘John. I’m John.’ And then I’ll say, ‘John, would you like some orange juice?’”

Two years later, Jolie opened up to the Daily Mail about her daughter’s preference for boyish things.

“I don’t think it’s for the world to interpret anything. She likes to dress like a boy and wants her hair cut like a boy, and she wanted to be called ‘John’ for a while,” she said. “Some kids wear capes and want to be Superman, and she wants to be like her brothers. It’s who she is. It’s been a surprise to us, and it’s really interesting, but she’s so much more than that. She’s funny and sweet and pretty.”

Many Hollywood observers have chimed in with their opinions, including Lyss Stern, CEO of DivaMoms.com, and lifestyle and parenting expert Cherie Corso, both of whom appeared on “Fox & Friends” Friday to debate the controversial parenting decision.

“I think that what they’re doing is they are fostering it and they’re giving their child the tools to allow the child to express who the child wants to be,” Stern said. “I believe that them right now allowing him, allowing her to want to change her name to John right now is fine because that’s what the child wants.”

Like many, Corso disagreed.

“You’re absolutely wrong by saying that it’s fine for them to let this little girl wear a suit and tie,” Corso said. “Brad and Angelina, they don’t live an average life like we do. They should not be considered the trailblazers for what’s right and wrong.”

Twitter users haven’t exactly been shy about opining on the topic, either. A sampling:

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