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Brad Pitt's Mother Pens Anti-Gay Letter (Updated Again)

JanePittUPDATE III: The News-Leader is now saying that the letter was in fact written by Mrs. Pitt.

To clear up earlier confusion, the News-Leader has verified the letter writer is the mother of actor Brad Pitt and local businessman Doug Pitt.

UPDATE II: Despite the paper's claim that this letter was indeed written by Jane Pitt, ThinkProgress now reports that it was not Jane Pitt.

Last month, the News-Leader in Springfield, Missouri, published a reader's letter asking voters to reject Mitt Romney because of his Mormon faith.

"Mormonism teaches, by the statements of their leaders and sacred writings, what some Christians would consider to be the inherent inferiority of women in the sense that they believe only Mormon men can hold the 'priesthood' or rise to leadership positions in the church," wrote reader Richard Stoeker. "Traditional Christians believe in gender equality. They believe Mormon theology denigrates women."

In response, a woman named Jane Pitt, which is the same name as Springfield-born actor and gay marriage activist Brad Pitt's mother, wrote a response lambasting the letter, "Barack Hussein Obama" and marriage equality.

Here's the letter:

I have given much thought to Richard Stoecker’s letter (“Vote for Mormon against beliefs,” June 15). I am also a Christian and differ with the Mormon religion.

But I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.

There's no confirmation that this Jane Pitt is indeed Brad Pitt's mother, but if it is, this could prove embarrassing for the actor.

UPDATE from Missouri gay group PROMO, via comments: "I'm with the state advocacy group PROMO. The News-Leader did confirm that it is in fact Brad's Mother."

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  1. @ screech

    gallup did a recent poll that showed 30 and under in america = 30% self identify as atheist

    amongst the entire US population it is between 14-16%

    but 30 and younger a whopping 30% :-)

    Posted by: say what | Jul 5, 2012 12:09:37 PM

  2. another baby boomer who has been zapped by faix news. maybe we should start making tin-foil helmets for our parents?

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Jul 5, 2012 12:10:39 PM

  3. faux-news i meant to say......

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Jul 5, 2012 12:11:11 PM

  4. Just because you're not interested in this topic doesn't make it irrelevant or less newsworthy. When Martin Luther King's daughter originally came out against gays, it mattered. Not that Brad Pitt is MLK, but he is a civil rights advocate, so in my book, I want to know more about this and if there is a way we can have a dialogue, to get her to open her mind. At the least, it will open up a conversation on other sites and possibly win us more supporters. Thanks Towleroad for keeping us up to date!

    Posted by: downtownla | Jul 5, 2012 12:18:47 PM

  5. Guess what? Angie's father is a raving rightwing lunatic as well. Let's face it, we've all got 'em somewhere in our families. My brother was among those lawyers in Florida guaranteeing Bush's "victory". What can you do?

    Posted by: patrick | Jul 5, 2012 12:22:45 PM

  6. Everyone has awful relatives. I'm sure some of my relatives think I'm a horrible person.

    Posted by: jht | Jul 5, 2012 12:30:24 PM

  7. well, to anyone and everyone with a parent who holds these views - don't let them go unchallenged. keep bringing it up. why? because these people with their "opinions" still cast VOTES based on those opinions.

    it's not a case of "disagreeing over politics" - it's a case of denying people personhood and equality under law. and it absolutely should be called out, and they absolutely should be informed that you (we) are ashamed, embarrassed and deeply disappointed in them for their chosen stances.

    we cannot let racism slide, and it's frankly stunning that so many people still shrug their shoulders and say "oh, well. there's nothing i can do"

    yes. there is.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 5, 2012 12:30:57 PM

  8. Normally, Tank wouldn't bother to comment on such a relatively trivial story, but after reading through the rambling, illogical, and incoherent posts from the usual lineup of pathetic old queens around here, I just have to share what is on my mind. Let's keep it real, guys: all of you noble, fair-minded souls who are sticking up for Brad Pitt with such loyalty and devotion really just want to bang the citified country bumpkin till the cows come home! If Brad's idiotic mother endorsed Marcus Bachmann for president you would still defend her, just because you think Brad still has a cute caboose!

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 5, 2012 12:31:31 PM

  9. I agree with LITTLEKIWI -- Mrs Pitt has already decided to make her bigotry against gay people known to the world by publishing that letter in the newspaper. If she wants to be known to the world as a bigot, it is her decision. A bigot is a bigot is a bigot, even if her famous son is NOT a bigot.

    Posted by: Pucifer | Jul 5, 2012 12:38:48 PM

  10. Now, I'm just keeping it real because that's what Tank does. You pathetic old queens are no match for my Tank realness, because I'm totally not some worthless f**ktard typing troll comments on a site anonymously because my entire family hates me.

    p.s. Yes I am.

    Posted by: Tank | Jul 5, 2012 12:40:45 PM

  11. Why would it be embarrassing for any son who respects that his mother's opinions are hers and hers alone? The son in question doesn't have to agree with, disagree with, or respond to them. This is kind of a "TMZ style post", dontcha think? This MAY be the mother of a famous person, so it MUST be newsworthy. Puh leeze.

    Posted by: DeeVee | Jul 5, 2012 12:51:06 PM

  12. Those are some of the most hateful words I've read....and the fact that it's coming the mother of America's biggest leading man sex symbol makes it even MORE shocking. Damn shame!

    Posted by: IndieMusicFan | Jul 5, 2012 1:01:12 PM

  13. Why would it be embarrassing? Because it *is* embarrassing when a family member reveals how deeply prejudiced, bigoted and unintelligent they are.

    I don't think anyone with a brain and conscience "respects" the disrespectful and bigoted opinions of their family members. That would make no sense.

    She should be shamed. Publicly. When people realize that their bigotry will make them the outcast they have more reason to change their views. Or at least STFU about them.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 5, 2012 1:01:44 PM

  14. Her ENTIRE motive for voting for our next President is stripping gay people of their rights. She absolutely should be confronted about this. Pitt has mentioned many times the lavish presents he's bought for his parents, and the lifestyle they are afforded is BECAUSE of the thousands of gay and lesbian Hollywood execs who have helped Brad get to where he is. The same gays and lesbians his family seems hell bent on discriminating against.

    Posted by: Greg-Cali | Jul 5, 2012 1:03:40 PM

  15. I absolutely think Brad should address this. I don't care if it's not his beliefs, they are very powerful and homophobic statements and *had she said this about RACIAL minorities* Pitt Jolie and the entire country would be having a conversation about it. Her words cut millions of Americans, their rights and their respect and we should never be complacent toward such homophobia.

    Posted by: USC Trojan Fan | Jul 5, 2012 1:05:23 PM

  16. That's some serious homophobia right there.

    Posted by: AJ | Jul 5, 2012 1:05:54 PM

  17. The gay community is so complacent toward homophobia. IT'S WHY WE FAIL IN OUR CIVIL RIGHTS.

    If this story was regarding her saying this about Latinos, Native Americans, Jews or black people, those groups would have raised hell.

    Not being a soft, weak, weasely PUSH OVER is what attains respect.

    Posted by: Mika J. | Jul 5, 2012 1:08:13 PM

  18. She's no Angela Jolie, that's for sure.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 5, 2012 1:10:49 PM

  19. I agree with some posters who say the gay community has become desensitized toward homophobia. Like we've come to almost expect it, and when confronted with it...we shrug it off. Grow a pair guys. There's no excuse for any brand of homophobia. It should be challenged on all fronts. Not given a free pass. She should absolutely be challenged for making these comments, and he too should be asked about it. Had she made these comments about ANY other demographic, he would respond to them and she would be forced to as well. The moment you accept homophobia is the moment you ecnourage homophobia.

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jul 5, 2012 1:10:57 PM

  20. As a father, as well, I hope he's keeping his children away from her. I wouldn't let my kids need an unrepentant racist nor an unrepentant homophobe.

    It's that simple - if you want to be a part of my life, of our lives, you have to give up your bigotry. Yes, ultimatums.

    What does a family member care about most, their bigotries or the love and acceptance of their family members?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 5, 2012 1:11:13 PM

  21. To the posters saying "So what? my gran ddmother is homophobic too" well, you're grandmother like Jane Pitt needs some educating. Being outraged by her comments is not a dig at him, it's outrage toward her comments. Too often people get to hide behind their age, church or status when it comes to homophobia and enough is enough.

    Posted by: MJ | Jul 5, 2012 1:13:20 PM

  22. I agree with other comments that state, had Hollywood's biggest star's mother made comments about voting for a President strictly to demise another group, it would create a backlash maybe not for the star, but for that mother. Are we at a place in our movement where we're indifferent toward people proudly displaying homophobia?

    Posted by: Amy | Jul 5, 2012 1:15:25 PM

  23. I personally think the gay community only seems to have passion in confronting homophobes who are politicians. While the obvious is noted that elected officials are the law makers, it's THE PEOPLE and the public who shift homophobic outlooks. It's that form of homophobia we should be more passionate about reversing and tackling. We're so focus on winning rights and respects in the courtroom and the community has lost focus in commanding our presence in real life, and amongst the public not just politicians.

    Posted by: Steve-ATL | Jul 5, 2012 1:18:37 PM

  24. Generally - anyone who uses the phrase "any Christian who. . . " is not a Christian. Someone needs to explain to Ms. Pitt - s-l-o-w-l-y -- that being a Christian is more than just showing up - you do need to read the application.

    And I have to disagree with the posters that claim this is not news - if a celebrity's parent wishes to enter the national political and religious discourse - by writing a letter to a newspaper -- and speak against other taxpayers - and deny them their fundamental rights - they need to be held accountable for their words - my sincere hope is that - even were she to be accompanied by her son and his famous fiancee - there are now homes she would not be welcome in.

    Ms. Pitt has shown herself to be a delusional narrow-minded uniformed ignorant bigot - this is news because her son is an A-list actor who has used his celebrity to support everything his mother is clearly against.

    Posted by: Ricky | Jul 5, 2012 1:21:44 PM

  25. Equality for LGBT isn't "politics"....those above saying "my family and I disagree about politics all the time" should eb ashamed of yourself. My freedoms, pursuit of happiness and being treated fairly is not POLITICS it's human rights. We'd never classify racism as "just differing in opinions" but when it comes to the livelihood of gays, it's seen as a political affair with no regard to the humans lives involved.

    Posted by: Dynex | Jul 5, 2012 1:23:50 PM

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