The perfect distraction

The perfect distraction

GOT TONGUES WAGGING: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's divorce

‘Real news’ is overshadowed by celeb drama.

Munier popped in at his local hairdresser early on Wednesday morning.

Customers were starting to file in, but the staff hadn’t arrived yet.

So Munier made himself comfy in one of the barber’s chairs.

Before long, two hairdressers walked through the door, one carrying a copy of the Daily Voice.

“Sorry I’m late,” said another, huffing and puffing.

With the train chaos on the Central Line and the knock-on effect, it was probably a mission getting to work this week, Munier thought.

But the buzz in the barbershop was not about the Voice’s front page story of housing protesters wreaking havoc in Langa.

Not at all. All the talk was about Brad and Angelina’s shock divorce.

The Hollywood super couple’s split has dominated newspaper, internet, TV and radio headlines since the news broke on Tuesday afternoon.

The Daily Voice newsroom had gone into “breaking news” mode.

“Change up Page 3!” was the call.

Within 10 seconds, the whole office was gaaning aan, engaged in lively debate about the reasons for the sexy actress’ sudden decision to dump the hunky star’s gat — and take the kids with her.

At the hairdressers, it was the same, everyone convinced they knew exactly why the marriage collapsed.

“She’s a control freak.”

“He’s a daggakop, not a good parent.”

“She’s jealous — married twice before, doesn’t trust men.”

“He was jolling, she got gatvol and snapped.”

And then there was the outpouring of sympathy. Genuine heartbreak at the doomed romance.

“Such a beautiful couple, couldn’t they work things out?”

“Shame, what about their six kids?”

Then the haters and the cynics had their turn.

“Once a joller, always a joller,” referring to Brad’s affair with Angelina, which led to his split with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.

“The way you start a relationship is the way you end a relationship.”

The media only fuelled the skinner, with anonymous insiders passing judgement and making claims of cheating.

Sjoe, it’s enough to make your kop swaai.

So much time, energy and emotion spent on a celebrity couple, thought Munier.

This is what Hollywood does so well – providing a distraction, an escape from the real world and real problems, which is too difficult to deal with a lot of the time.

So people busy themselves with the stars, and the roles they play on and off-screen.

Who’s to say “Brangelina” was not just an act, pulled off by two gorgeous and very talented actors?

All those blissful smiles, intimate poses on the red carpet, and the illusion of the perfect couple, the perfect parents with the perfect cosmopolitan family.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

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