Angelina Jolie is struggling to win the people's support. After filing for divorce from Brad Pitt in 2016, both Hollywood and the public have been distancing themselves from her, disagreeing with how she's behaved during the ongoing custody battle. Now with everyone firmly on #TeamBrad, her most ardent haters are relishing in the schadenfreude as they echo "I told you so"s and repeat decades-old rumors about Angie's "calculated" behavior.
But maybe everyone needs to take a step back a bit. Although Hollywood has their reasons for hating Angelina (and there are a lot), there are two sides to every story. Dig a little deeper and you'll realize that there are no villains or heroes, and maybe we all should be a little less quick to judge. Below, the most common reasons people hate Angelina and a few reasons for why they should reconsider that.
1. She was called a "minimally talented spoiled brat" by a producer.
During the infamous 2014 Sony email hack, it was revealed that producer Scott Rudin hated Angelina. In the emails, Scott wrote to then-Sony president Amy Pascal that the actress' requests for a now-shelved Cleopatra movie were too demanding.
"I'm not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie," Scott wrote in the leaked email chain. When Angelina told him she wanted to study a few more films before deciding on a director, Scott wrote to Amy, "Beyond belief. She's studying films. Kill me please. Immediately." For Angie's critics, the emails confirmed rumored reports about her "ego."
In Angelina's Defense
Although being called a "brat" by a studio producer is never a good look for any celebrity, Angelina's emails uncovered in the hack showed that she was professional, ambitious, and wasn't someone to easily cave to other people's demands. In the entertainment industry, this kind of behavior, especially from a woman, will always be looked down on. "Asserting ourselves as female artists represents something really, really important in the world today," she famously said in a speech last year.