Thursday, September 22, 2016

Leave Marion Cotillard Alone

Marion Cotillard is pregnant with her second child with French filmmaker Guillaume Canet – a bit of happy news that has been made to be extremely consequential to the zeitgeist this week (much more than it ever would have been) in the wake of the announcement that Brangelina are over.

Why?

Because the Oscar winner recently worked with Brad Pitt on Robert Zemeckis’s upcoming Allied, a World War II love story that’s set to open on Nov. 23, and now the Internet believes that she is the reason why Angelina Jolie filed for divorce earlier this week. Never mind that the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services reportedly is investigating Pitt for an alleged child abuse that occurred on Sept. 14 (the day before, court docs show, La Jolie listed as the date of their separation) on the family’s private plane. Cotillard has to be party to the drama because.

I guess because she’s a woman, and, in this particular déjà vu-ish scenario, another accomplished and beautiful actress in the mix will sell more tabloids. It’s a fresher take on the Brangelina narrative, one that does not require that Jennifer Aniston be completely involved again.

Cotillard, for one, wants to make one thing absolutely 100 percent clear: She had nothing to do with this break-up. She stated so herself – in what will be her first and only comment on the subject – in a lengthy, bilingual Instagram post that also has made me wise to the fact that she is, y’ know, on Instagram.

“This situation [the speculation, I presume] is spiraling and affecting people I love. [Canet] is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing. To all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery.

“I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”

And there you go. Nail on coffin, as far as Cotillard is concerned.

Now. Let’s all leave the Jolie-Pitts be. For real.

This split does not concern us – they do not owe us an explanation. Not even Pitt, against whom grave accusations are being lobbied. Does he sometimes drink one too many or enjoy smoking weed, as just about everyone has said the last couple of days? Show me someone who doesn’t?

Does he parent to sternly? Who knows! Perhaps.

Who knows.

Brangelina know.

Let them sort themselves out, and let’s all of us demand answers with this sort of passion from the people who actually matter these days: Our politicians...our police...ourselves.

Photo: TomAndLorenzo.com.

Update 1: Whoa.

Although the allegations of child abuse against Brad Pitt are not/were not (?) being investigated the police in L.A., his case reportedly has been referred to the FBI (since the alleged abuse happened en route back to California from France.

This has gotten real real fast, huh.

I wonder if Pitt will be raked over the coals in the same manner as Nate Parker has been as of late (not to bring Parker into this as well, but, you know...fair is fair – and this divorce is obviously going to carry the discussion for a while).

Update 2: On Sept. 23, Guillaume Canet echoed on Instagram many of the thoughts and sentiments put forth by Marion Cotillard on the same social-media platform in the wake of the Brangelina split.

His move, combined with hers, thus presents a united front that appears to be effectively working against the rumors surrounding them in this ordeal.

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