Brad Pitt: giving the term ‘A-list celebrity’ a new meaning

Brad Pitt has stated that he’s an atheist before. But lately it seems to keep coming up in interviews with him, first in the German publication BILD, then the other day on the Today Show. And now he goes into a little more length about his views of religion appropriately enough on Bill Maher’s show:

I think it’s great that such a major celebrity is so open about his atheism and I’m glad that we got such a charitable and well liked celebrity to point too. I also hope Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie, who’s also an atheist, continue to discuss some of the toxic effects of religion in the mainstream media.

For awhile now I’ve been pushing for atheist groups to create advertisements that put a human face on atheism, both showing normal people who just happen to be atheists as well as beloved celebrities who just happen to be atheists. I’ve also mentioned to friends that I’d love to see someone borrow the tune of Adam Sandler’s famous “Chanukah Song” to create a song information people of all the many celebrity atheists. I’ve even worked on some of the lyrics. I think this type of campaign should be the next step.


4 Responses to Brad Pitt: giving the term ‘A-list celebrity’ a new meaning

  1. mcoville says:

    are you really surprised by liberal hollywood actors “coming out” as atheists? It would not surprise me at all if 98% of hollywood stars declared themselves atheists. Who better to represent atheists than people who make their living telling stories, doing drugs and drinking too much. Those are the role models for the next generation (please not the sarcasm).

    Specifically Brad Pitt, role model for the modern atheist. Use him as an example of good family values, make sure you get a new girlfriend before you leave your wife. Don’t worry about committing to a relationship by marrying your new girlfriend, just adopt kids and get pregnant all you want. I’ll stick with Kirk Cameron as a moral example over Brad any day.

  2. mjr256 says:

    “are you really surprised by liberal hollywood actors “coming out” as atheists?”
    Yes. There’s not much risk having the public know you’re liberal but atheists are despised in the U.S. If it weren’t an actor as huge as Brad Pitt, it’d risk hurting their career to admit not believing in any gods. And I’d be more likely to believe 98% of Hollywood were either Scientologists or into Kabbalah than atheists. And considering that the divorce rate is over 50%, I don’t think Brad Pitt is in bad company. Kirk Cameron, however–if his kid turned out to be gay, the kid would get shipped off to brainwashing camp immediately. So I’d still stick with the Pitt-Jolie family values over the Camerons.

  3. mcoville says:

    You can assume that Kirk would do that, but if I assume you would molest a child would it be fair for me to judge you based on that?

    If you look at the known actions of either person you can not honestly say that Brad has a better morality to display as a role model for kids.

  4. mjr256 says:

    I’m not assuming that Kirk would do that. He’s publicly endorsed gay rehabilitation camps. Based on that, it’s a reasonable inference of his own behavior in that situation. Of course, it’s entirely possible that he could simply be a total hypocrite, but I don’t think that makes him any more admirable.

    And I’d definitely say that Brad has at least displayed far more morality, integrity, and altruism as a role model for kids than Kirk Cameron. So has Benjamin Franklin, who was incidentally a terrible husband and father. Cameron has a TV show that teaches children misinformation about science and critical thinking every week, in addition to promoting intolerance. As far as I’m aware, all Pitt did was fall in love with another woman while married and then get a divorce so he could be with the other woman. I don’t think there’s any evidence that he necessarily cheated on his wife prior to the split. If not, that would be only an assumption.

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