Angelina Jolie used to be known as the queen of public relations for a long time. In fact, she used to be untouchable when it came to her public image. I mean, she recovered from being known as the vial-of-blood-drinking, cheating, vampire temptress who stole Brad Pitt away from America’s Sweetheart – and became the Mother Theresa of do-gooders. She started working for the United Nations, and then she had six children with Brad Pitt – some adopted from third world countries – and became part of ‘Brangelina’.
No longer remembered for her crazy past but better known for her humanitarian work, Angelina Jolie seemed untouchable. And then the unthinkable happened, she and Brad Pitt got divorced. And Angelina was so used to using her children and Brad for positive publicity that her image took a sudden hit when those were the very relationships being questioned by the media.
But can her reputation recover? She did it once, but can she do it again? Well, divorce lawyer Raoul Felder doesn’t think so. He told Page Six, “Hiring a p.r. person now is like going for a checkup at the doctor after you’ve already had the heart attack. The real skill would have been avoiding the p.r. problem to begin with … Angelina has for years used her kids, and used the UN, for her own benefit. Now, even with great p.r., her image issues are not going to go away.”
And therein lies the problem… the very thing she used to clean up her image is now being used against her. She is up in the media wars against her own husband, who the majority of America adores. It doesn’t matter that it takes two people to mess up a marriage; the world was always on Brad Pitt’s side, even when he dumped Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie – and now, even when his ex-wife is accusing him of being the one to ruin this marriage.
So the question remains – do you think Angelina Jolie can recover from her public relations disaster, and will she find a way to use her family to do it? Or will she have to resort to other PR techniques?
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