Melissa Etheridge lashes out at Angelina Jolie about her double mastectomy, “I wouldn’t call it the brave choice”
Angelina Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy back in April after discovering she has the BRCA1 gene, giving her an 87% chance of getting either breast or ovarian cancer. Thousands of people hailed her as being brave after she wrote an article for the New York Times detailing her decision. Melissa Etheridge doesn’t agree, and being a breast cancer survivor herself, has something to say to everyone who thinks Angelina’s decision was brave (via US Weekly):
I have to say I feel a little differently. I have that gene mutation too and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. I wouldn’t call it the brave choice. I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer. My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything but it never comes to cancer so I would say to anybody faced with that, that choice is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and to really consider the advancements we’ve made in things like nutrition and stress levels. I’ve been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion.
I have to say I respect what Melissa’s saying. I agree it’s not the ONLY brave decision, and having a preventative mastectomy will not be the right decision for everyone. But what’s right for Angelina may not be right for Melissa, and vice versa. Everyone should do what’s right for themselves, and what they feel comfortable with.
Brad Pitt was told what Melissa said about Angelina at the ‘World War Z’ premiere in NYC last night, and he was taken aback.
At the World War Z premiere in New York City June 17, the actor told Us Weekly how he felt about the rocker recently telling The Washington Blade she felt Jolie made “the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.”
Pitt hadn’t heard about Etheridge’s interview until just before the red carpet event. “I don’t know,” he told Us. “Somebody just said that.”
“Melissa’s an old friend of mine,” continued Pitt, who invited Etheridge to perform at his 2000 wedding to Jennifer Aniston. “I’m sure we’ll talk on the phone. I don’t know what it is.”