Angelina Jolie is reportedly faking her chicken pox illness, according to some reports. The rumor is that she is too upset over an apparent Sony email leak where she was described as “minimally talented” and a “brat.” To show that she really does have the disease, which usually affects children, she has posted photos of her with her spots.
The rumors started when Sony executives claimed that the Lara Croft actress was faking the disease. Her announcement of the disease came in the form of a video, as she apologized for missing the premiere of her new movie. Husband Brad Pitt attended the promotional events for her new movie Unbroken in her place.
Jolie’s video was published on the verified Facebook page for Universal Studios Entertainment. She apologized and said that she would miss everyone, while she was stuck at home itching. The movie means a lot to her, and she would not miss it just because of the contents of a leaked email. This is an actress who is used to having positive and negative comments written about her in the press.
While chicken pox usually affects children, adults can end up with it. This is usually due to not getting the disease as children, as once a person suffers from it they are usually immune. There are a small number of cases where a person can get it multiple times. Many children are now vaccinated from it in two stages. The first is between 12 and 15 months and the second is between four and six years. This usually leads to lifetime immunity.
Could Jolie be faking her chicken pox diagnosis? It is highly unlikely considering the work that she has put into this movie. She directed the movie adapted from the book Unbroken, which is about Louis Zamperini. He is a former World War Two prisoner of war and Olympian.
Despite there being vaccinations, chicken pox is still one of the most common diseases because it is so contagious. It is airborne, so spreads through breathing, and is linked to the herpes virus. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that before the vaccination four million people were affected by it on a yearly basis.
It can be extremely dangerous, especially for adults. Between 100 and 150 people per year died, according to CDC statistics. Adults were especially vulnerable to developing pneumonia, and that is still a concern. Infants are also at a greater risk, but healthy children will usually just have to put up with the itchy blisters, flu symptoms and poor appetite.
Jolie is not the only celebrity to be affected by the recent Sony email hack. The likes of Bill Murray, Channing Tatum and Leonardo DiCaprio have all been named in various emails. The comments made about Jolie were also just supposed comments in an email. Considering how vocal she has been about things she believes in the past, it is highly unlike that one comment like that would make her want to miss a highly publicized and important event. It would not make sense for Jolie to fake chicken pox.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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