(From the Urban Dictionary:
throw under the bus
1. To denounce and reject a friend, mentor, relative, colleague, or casual acquaintance for the sake of political expediency. )
Hollywood stars may be allowed to disagree with their families, but few can decline the politically correct line. The London Telegraph reported, when push came to shove, Brad Pitt sided with Hollywood over the hearth and the heartland:
“I am an Obama supporter and I’m backing his U.S. election campaign,” Pitt says at a screening of his forthcoming film Killing Them Softly, at the Mayfair Hotel in London. “Gay marriage is inevitable. The next generation, they get it. It is just a matter of time before it becomes a reality.”
His mother, Jane Pitt, accurately described our president as “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage” in a letter to the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader on July 3. “Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name [for a third party candidate] is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama - a man who…did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer.”
Her letter was the most widely reported anti-Obama stand taken by anyone associated with Hollywood until a certain actor equated the president with an empty chair.
Despite her status as a private citizen in Missouri, Mrs. Pitt began receiving death threats for exercising her First Amendment rights.
One of Hollywood’s few Republicans – Jon Voight, the father of Brad Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie – came to her defense, saying, “Good for her.”
Conversely Barack Obama, so concerned over a single four-letter word uttered by Rush Limbaugh, did not call to offer solace or schedule a beer summit/photo op.
There is no need to worry that the political differences will strain the mother-child bond, though. In January Brad described his mother as “very, very loving – very open, genuine – and it’s hilarious, because she always gets painted in the tabloids as a she-devil. There’s not an ounce of malice in her. She wants everyone to be happy.”
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Brad Pitt’s brother, Doug, weighed in, saying their family handled their disagreements with “open discussion” rather than “venom and negativity.”
“We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point,” he said. “Or maybe you learn something.”
Judging from his statement to the press this week, it sounds as though Brad should be quick to hear and slow to speak around his mother.
This article originally appeared on TheRightsWriter.com and is reprinted with permission.