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Yes she did! Brad Pitt’s mother did write anti-gay ‘Letter to the Editor’

By Colin Murphy| The Vital Voice
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Update, 3:20 p.m. CT: The Springfield News-Leader has now confirmed that the anti-gay letter was, in fact, written by Brad Pitt’s mother:

Editor’s note: 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.

It remains unclear why the New-Leader originally retracted its earlier confirmation, only to now verify that the letter was written by the actor’s mother. We have been in contact with an Editor at the News-Leader, but were offered no explanation. We regret the confusion caused by the News-Leader’s earlier retraction.

Update: After originally providing an email confirmation to the Vital Voice that the reported anti-gay letter was penned by Pitt’s mother, the Springfield News-Leader has now retracted that confirmation, adding this statement to the end of the letter: “Editor’s note: The writer of this letter is not the mother of Brad and Doug Pitt.” We regret the misinformation.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Actor and human rights advocate Brad Pitt’s mother has penned an anti-gay editorial that appeared in The Springfield News-Leader on Tuesday.

The international celebrity grew up in Springfield, and his family still resides in the area.

Angelina Jolie, Jane Pitt and Brad Pitt

The Vital Voice on Thursday confirmed from News-Leader reporters that Pitt’s mother authored the letter, published under “Reader’s Letters.”

Jane Pitt wrote in response to a previously published letter to the editor titled “Vote for Mormons Against Beliefs.”

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.

Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie have been longtime supporters of LGBT rights, including marriage equality.

“It’s great that Brad Pitt has been able to learn and grow from his experiences once he left the area,” said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO – Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization.

“But for folks still living in Southwest Missouri, this sends a message that we are not a very tolerant state,” Bockelman said.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. fuck her

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:23am
  2. GRRRRR!!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:23am
  3. we arent responsible for what our parents say . its ashame she feels that way ( her interpetation of the bible is wrong) at least her son is on the correct track.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:25am
  4. Well, I wonder what she will do if one of her grandchildren end up gay. Will she hate them as well ?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:25am
  5. fuck her

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:26am
  6. NO!

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:26am
  7. Guess she is ok with her son marrying Angelina and her crazy self.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:28am
  8. These people just loooove to keep pointing at others rather than being vigilant about their own lives. About abortion: are they gonna love, feed, and follow those kids to make sure they’ll have happy lives?? Are they gonna find the perfect adoptive parents who won’t abuse them??

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:28am
  9. So it seems like the theme of the letter is “Sure, Mitt is Mormon. Just hold your nose and vote for him anyway.”

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:28am
  10. a certain 5 letter word comes to mind…..

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:30am
  11. So glad Brad was able to overcome his upbringing.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:30am
  12. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about and there’s more to this article… Just because you are Christian doesn’t make you homophobic and there’s nothing written into any law about her abortion nonsense… MY mom thinks she’s just a snot looking for “status” and needs to stay off the internet using religion rhetoric ~ The only value I care about…. I’ll tell “Anonymous” what she has said and maybe they’;; hack her page lol…. :)

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:32am
  13. Well, we knew Brad was amazing… so we knew the woman who borne him had to be too, right?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:33am
  14. I hope that no one holds this against Brad Pitt. His mother’s beliefs are HERS and only HERS. Brad has done too much positive work for anyone to think that he has anything to do with his mother’s politics.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:36am
  15. wonder how Angelina Jolie feels…

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:44am
  16. What a shame that her words are so filled with misinformation. Who the heck raised Brad surely it wasn’t her?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:47am
  17. Agree with Mom

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:50am
  18. It says on the website that originally published the letter that Brad Pitt’s mom did NOT write it. You guys, check your sources.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:53am
  19. I wonder if she saw Angelina in Gia?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:56am
  20. You may want to change this misinformed article to read the proper note that this is NOT brad pitts mother, it was written that is it a different person. No need to get up in arms and point hatred to the wrong person. Great reporting there *facepalm*

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:57am
  21. lol

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 11:47am
  22. Say what? background please

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 11:54am
  23. -_- People like her… burn them all.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:44pm
  24. her son is a fucking repressed gay

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:45pm
  25. Well which is it? One minute it’s for real, next minute it’s retracted, now you guys say it is for real again. I don’t know what to believe.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:47pm
  26. Proving once again that homophobic parents can have metrosexual children.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:47pm
  27. I think we are doing Brad Pitt a disservice by making a big deal out of this. He has done so much good for the LGBTQ community and, like so many, can’t help it if his mother holds ignorant bigoted views. As those he supports, we should not be highlighting this humiliating moment for him. Shame on you LGBTQ Nation.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:47pm
  28. who cares

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 1:49pm
  29. @jennifer I think it’s relavant news for lgbtqnation to report considering how pro-gay Brad is, and his mother has gone public with her anti-gay beliefs. I think lgbtqnation responsibility is to report it, not be Brad’s PR vehicle

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:02pm
  30. Angie should beat her ass

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:03pm
  31. I agree with Jennifer I am Trans an my entire Family is bigots so are tehy to be held agaist me?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:04pm
  32. We can’t pick our parents. She’s another miserable bitch with too much time on her hands!

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:09pm
  33. I wonder what she thinks of her son committing adultery. After-all, homosexuality didn’t make the “Top 10 List” of sins….adultery did.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:10pm
  34. I just don’t see how it’s relevant. She has no real public influence, other than perhaps in her small Missouri community. The only thing that sets her apart from millions of other bigots in the thousands of other conservative communities in the country is that she is Brad Pitt’s mother. So ultimately this story is about him more than her. When Rush Limbaugh or Anne Coulter says something like this, yes, it’s news because they are public figures with influence and a wide audience. She is not a public figure and has a tiny audience. It was a letter to the editor that for the most part will only be read by her like-minded peers. Things like this are written every day in newspapers around the country, but this only made the news because of the connection to Pitt. This is tabloid news at best.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:11pm
  35. Was this published in the “Just in case someone gives a shit” section?

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:17pm
  36. It only proves that even celebrities can have parents who do and say things they find embarrassing and can also continue to love them anyway, just like regular folks.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:32pm
  37. I have to agree with Jennifer.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 2:44pm
  38. Who cares please worry about other things in life!!

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 3:00pm
  39. Who cares who she is. She can speak her opinion and then everone can ignore it.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 7:23pm
  40. Fuk that bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 8:11pm
  41. she should take a chill pill and shut up

    Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 11:26am