The Humanitarian Work of Angelina Jolie

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When most people talk about celebrities it is usually related to their latest fashion statement, the new movies they are starring in, or the new song they released. However, what is becoming increasingly more popular for celebrities to be associated with is humanitarian and development work. Through their use of songs, documentaries, and publicized field missions, the celebrities that partake in humanitarian work utilize their fame to attract people to support certain relief efforts and organizations. A movement first started by Jackie Coogan in the 1920s (Babkenian, 2011), celebrity humanitarianism is becoming increasingly more popular with names such as Bono, Oprah Winfrey, and Angelina Jolie serving as modern day examples of…show more content…
My personal opinion of Jolie’s work is that there are positive aspects to her involvement in development work, but there are so many underlying issues that it makes it impossible to view her work as positive to development.

Jolie was not always the person she is today and has overcome much controversy in her career to get where she is presently. Once married to Billy Bob Thornton, Jolie was known for being psychotic, abusing hard drugs and alcohol, and having infidelity in her relationships (Ramsdale, 2013). Her largely scrutinized life style slowly began to fade away into the past as her interest in humanitarian work piqued after working on set in Cambodia in the year 2000 for her hit movie, “Tomb Raider” (, 2013a). Soon after seeing the refugee crisis that is prevalent in Cambodia, Jolie began travelling across the country with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help fight for the displaced people of the world and publicize their plight for the purpose to gain international support on the issue (, 2013a). On top of travelling with the UNHCR, Jolie quickly became a voice for those refugees who did not have one, and drew much attention to the crisis that many displaced people faced around the
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