Hollywood golden girl Jennifer Aniston may not be spilling the beans about ex-hubby Brad Pitt's alleged infidelities in a forthcoming interview with Vanity Fair magazine, but the actress apparently has plenty to say about UN Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie. Sources say that Aniston is critical of Jolie for lending her high-profile name to a corrupt institution.
Aniston encourages US to withhold dues till UN reforms; lends support to embattled nominee John Bolton
By Russell D'Arby, arts and entertainment correspondent,
HOLLYWOOD, CA—While the early word was that Jennifer Aniston was finally breaking her silence about ex-hubby Brad Pitt's infidelities in a forthcoming Vanity Fair exclusive, sources close to the magazine have since denied that account. But that doesn't mean that the interview won't be revealing.
According to several Hollywood insiders, Aniston uses the forum to let loose on rival actress Angelina Jolie. While Tinsel Town has been abuzz for months with talk that the stars of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" are more than just friends, Aniston's saves her fire for a different issue: Jolie's connections with the United Nations, an institution Aniston views as thoroughly corrupt and desperately in need of reform.
No goodwill for UN—or its ambassador
"As far as she's concerned, the UN basically stood in the way of the US when we needed to defend ourselves," says a source close to the actress. "She also thinks that by associating herself with the UN Angelina is putting a pretty face on the oil-for-food scandal."
Angelina Jolie became the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in 2001 after a trip to the African nation of Sierra Leone. Since accepting the position, the Academy Award winning actress has traveled to countries including Ecuador, Cambodia, and Tanzania in an effort to bring attention to the plight of refugees.
Paying her dues
In recent weeks, the two high-profile actresses have found themselves in the center of a nasty split over the future of the United Nations. Jolie thinks that the institution provides an invaluable service, and backs a proposal to add new permanent members to the UN Security Council. Aniston rejects that proposal and supports a Congressional bill that would withhold US dues to the UN—including financial support for peacekeeping operations—until the institution gets its house in order.
Reports that "Plan B," the film production company, jointly owned by Aniston and Brad Pitt, is at work on a tell-all documentary about Kojo Annan, the son of UN chief Kofi Annan, could not be confirmed at press time.
A plug for Bolton
Aniston also reportedly uses the Vanity Fair interview to put in a plug for President Bush's embattled nominee to the UN, John Bolton. The actress allegedly tells Mr. Bolton to 'hang in there' and not let 'all the negativity' get him down.
"She knows what it's like to be the focus of a smear campaign," says a friend of the actress, "to have the media spotlight shined on you everyday. She thinks that he would bring a fresh air to an institution that is definitely in need of a shake up, but she can also just really relate to what he's going through."
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