Monday, June 05, 2006

Brangelina...The Cottage Industry

I've avoided writing much about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie mainly because I'm jealous of him. Well, that and I don't really care. But, the thing I really find interesting about the recent birth of their baby girl, Shiloh, in the little-before-known African nation of Namibia is the huge increase in tourism that nation will see because of the Brangelina baby saga. Heck, according to that article, they pretty much own the Namibian government as it is.

The power of celebrity never ceases to amaze me. This is especially true when it comes to celebrity children and the media fascination with them. Stars tend to reap huge rewards from this type of free publicity. In fact, Brangelina plan to sell their new-born baby girl's pictures to Getty Images and give the profits to charity. Their little girl's barely one week old and she's already making huge money on her image. Now THAT'S star power!
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