Angelina Jolie says she’s not ruled out move into politics

Listeners of Radio 4’s flagship Today programme have reacted to Angelina Jolie‘s guest editing stint where she hinted at a move into politics. 

The Hollywood star, who played Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider series, joked that she has no skeletons left in her closet, but added that she wasn’t sure whether she was ‘fit for a role in politics’.

The mother-of-six pondered her future during a stint as guest-editor on the programme.

Many social media users reacted positively to Jolie taking the reins of the morning show from 6-9am, calling the discussion ‘interesting’, while others felt she was misplaced to discuss certain issues due to her celebrity status. 

Angela Jolie (left)  said she hoped to "bring people together from a cross-section" during her turn as a guest editor on Radio 4's Today programme (presenter Justin Webb right)

Angela Jolie (left)  said she hoped to "bring people together from a cross-section" during her turn as a guest editor on Radio 4's Today programme (presenter Justin Webb right)

Angela Jolie (left)  said she hoped to ‘bring people together from a cross-section’ during her turn as a guest editor on Radio 4’s Today programme (presenter Justin Webb right)

Nicole Bourcier said if 'Lara Croft can't sort the world then who can'

Nicole Bourcier said if 'Lara Croft can't sort the world then who can'

Nicole Bourcier said if ‘Lara Croft can’t sort the world then who can’

Neil Winton seemed as though he didn't enjoy Jolie's guest stint on the programme 

Neil Winton seemed as though he didn't enjoy Jolie's guest stint on the programme 

Neil Winton seemed as though he didn’t enjoy Jolie’s guest stint on the programme 

One Twitter user Hitesh Patel, tweeted that it had been ‘interesting listening to Angelina Jolie’ on the programme.

He said: ‘Her world view is informed by visiting other countries, witnessing the lives of others. Important to remember in these times that the world is small and a lot of places aren’t that far away. She’s also a fan of Joe Strummer.’ 

This is while Nicole Bourcier said: ‘Just heard on the radio that Angelina Jolie may get into politics. If Lara Croft can’t sort the world out who can!’

The Hollwood actress (centre) took the reins of the programme for the day

The Hollwood actress (centre) took the reins of the programme for the day

The Hollwood actress (centre) took the reins of the programme for the day

Hitesh Patel tweeted that it had been 'interesting' to listen to the programme with Angelina Jolie guest editing

Hitesh Patel tweeted that it had been 'interesting' to listen to the programme with Angelina Jolie guest editing

Hitesh Patel tweeted that it had been ‘interesting’ to listen to the programme with Angelina Jolie guest editing

Barry Collins tweeted that the programme had been an 'extended advert' for Jolie

Barry Collins tweeted that the programme had been an 'extended advert' for Jolie

Barry Collins tweeted that the programme had been an ‘extended advert’ for Jolie

Angelina Jolie (left) and Justin Webb (right) chat in the Radio 4 studio 

Angelina Jolie (left) and Justin Webb (right) chat in the Radio 4 studio 

Angelina Jolie (left) and Justin Webb (right) chat in the Radio 4 studio 

Another user tweeted: ‘Great programme today edited by Angelina Jolie. A real discussion of important issues. Painful listening at times but so educational. Congrats #r4today.

However others criticised the show and said hinted that the episode was a ‘cliche’. Tony Winton wrote: ‘.@BBCr4today #r4todayat least we’re getting every righton cliche in the book. @angelinajolie has learned ‘everything’ from her children. Please enough already.’  

This is while Barry Collins said that the programme had been an ‘extended advert for Jolie’. 

'WeActivateTheFuture' congratulated the Today programme on the show

'WeActivateTheFuture' congratulated the Today programme on the show

‘WeActivateTheFuture’ congratulated the Today programme on the show

Christodgers said that most Hollywood celebrities are 'tedious bores'

Christodgers said that most Hollywood celebrities are 'tedious bores'

Christodgers said that most Hollywood celebrities are ‘tedious bores’

Another user ‘@christodgers’ said: ‘Most of these celebrities are tedious bores. The sheer arrogance of these people to think that the real world beyond Hollywood actually cares about their views.’ 

During the show she told presenter Justin Webb that she can ‘take a lot on the chin’ and when asked if she was moving in the direction of politics she hinted that she would always ‘go where I’m needed’.

‘If you asked me 20 years ago I would’ve laughed. I really don’t know.

Angelina Jolie (centre) said she didn't feel as though she had changed much since her youth

Angelina Jolie (centre) said she didn't feel as though she had changed much since her youth

Angelina Jolie (centre) said she didn’t feel as though she had changed much since her youth

John Pockett said it had been a 'truly superb edition' of the programme 

John Pockett said it had been a 'truly superb edition' of the programme 

John Pockett said it had been a ‘truly superb edition’ of the programme 

'Kris' said that it would be great if Jolie edited the programme every day 

'Kris' said that it would be great if Jolie edited the programme every day 

‘Kris’ said that it would be great if Jolie edited the programme every day 

‘I always say I’ll go where I’m needed. I don’t know if I’m fit for politics with … but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet.

‘So I’m pretty open and out there,’ the actress, who had an acrimonious split with Brad Pitt, said.

‘I can take a lot on the chin so that’s good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.’

The 43-year-old Oscar winner and special envoy for UN refugee agency the UNHCR, added: ‘Right now I am able to work with a UN agency … to do a lot of work directly with the people in need.

‘I’m also able to work with governments … so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done, without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So for now I’ll sit quiet.’

The US actress laughed as Webb suggested she could be on the list of 30 to 40 Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination.

Jolie admitted being wild and a ‘bit of a young punk’ in her youth but said: ‘I don’t feel I’ve changed much at all’.

Speaking about her children, three from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam, and three biological offspring she said: ‘They are from different backgrounds… They celebrate the difference.’

She told the show: ‘Shiloh, for example, is the one that’s learning Mad’s (Maddox’s) country’s language, and Vivienne wants to live in Zahara’s country.

‘So just because they’re from a place doesn’t mean that that’s everything that defines them.’

Jolie added: ‘When my daughters were little, Zee (Zahara) and Shi (Shiloh), we got them each a baby doll.

‘I got Zizi a little black doll and I got Shi a little white doll, and they switched dolls.

‘I had that immediate reaction of one of them not liking the way they are and wanting the other colour or wanting the other… then I realised that’s just who they see every day.

‘They see the other, so to them family wasn’t the one that looked like them, it was the other…’

Speaking of the work she has done to help refugees and people less fortunate Jolie said that meeting these families had changed her perspective on a lot of things.

‘When I went out and started to meet refugee families I changed my view of so many things in the world I met these extraordinary survivors people that have comes through the most extraordinary odds and were protecting each other and the humanity that rises within these communities is like something you have never seen before because you don’t on a daily basis meet people who are so bare, s connected to just being able to find basic needs and survive and how full of care and love they are.

‘It’s really very moving. One of the things that I would encourage people to do is look at the movements of people as a barometer to understand what is happening in our world, not the less than 1% that is trying to cross our border of a developed country that is not the focus it should be what is happening to these people, why is this happening, how do we have that many people uprooted and what are the causes.’

Questioned on whether or not Jolie is aware that she is an extremely wealthy woman commenting on issues that she has never been a direct part of, she said it was something she was ‘well aware of’ and that governments need to support border countries which are carrying the burden for others.

‘We have to support them or we risk them becoming unstable, this should not be seen as a headache for people, we need our leaders to be thinking about balancing our world, we have to bring the numbers down.

‘Everyone that is concerned and doesn’t want someone in their neighbourhood and doesn’t want someone coming across their border should be wondering why we are not doing enough to stabilise countries and return people. The absolute majority of refugees would rather be home.’

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege were among those to feature in her programme. 

 Previous guest editors over the years have included Prince Harry, Sir Lenny Henry and Sir Richard Branson.

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby, who stepped down as the host of Question Time after 25 years, was the first of this year’s guest editors.

Angelina Jolie’s stint on Radio 4’s Today programme

Guest editing Radio 4’s Today programme the actor discussed all things from US politics, social media, sexual violence and the global refugee crisis.

Jolie started by talking about the work she does helping people who do not have a Hollywood life.

‘When I went out and started to meet refugee families I changed my view of so many things in the world I met these extraordinary survivors people that have comes through the most extraordinary odds and were protecting each other and the humanity that rises within these communities is like something you have never seen before because you don’t on a daily basis meet people who are so bare, s connected to just being able to find basic needs and survive and how full of care and love they are.

‘It’s really very moving. One of the things that I would encourage people to do is look at the movements of people as a barometer to understand what is happening in our world, not the less than 1% that is trying to cross our border of a developed country that is not the focus it should be what is happening to these people, why is this happening, how do we have that many people uprooted and what are the causes.’

Questioned on whether or not Jolie is aware that she is an extremely wealthy woman commenting on issues that she has never been a direct part of, she said it was something she was ‘well aware of’ and that governments need to support border countries which are carrying the burden for others.

‘We have to support them or we risk them becoming unstable, this should not be seen as a headache for people, we need our leaders to be thinking about balancing our world, we have to bring the numbers down.

‘Everyone that is concerned and doesn’t want someone in their neighbourhood and doesn’t want someone coming across their border should be wondering why we are not doing enough to stabilise countries and return people. The absolute majority of refugees would rather be home.’

Moving on to the topic on sexual violence and Jolie described an experience she had with a doctor in the Congo who was healing a fistula patient.

‘He had to sew her up, and he started with ‘well we are all adults here aren’t we’ and I thought well yes this is right we are going to talk about these things and I say that because you are absolutely right it is uncomfortable, but we are adults enough to know there is nothing sexual about this so just that in itself is what PSVI wants to accomplish is just to certainly take the stigma off the victims and help people to understand why it’s being used in a very calculated fashion to destroy people and community.’ 

Justin Webb then asked Jolie whether or not she thought it was important that victims had the space to say what had happened to them.

She said: ‘Yes you want to empower victims to speak but then and what I think we have to be very careful of around the world is when these brave victims come forward what happens often still around the world is some communities they still encourage the rapist to marry the victim in many communities they treat the young woman as if she is now dirty.

‘Nothing happens to the men that commit these crimes and so we live in this culture of impunity, so we do need to encourage people to speak up but we do need to have the legal framework and the will and the changes necessary in these communities to back them up.’ 

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