Angelina Jolie has always been someone to push the envelope.
But it was her encouragement of this to kids at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards that had some raising eyebrows.
“When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in,” she said.
“And, then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good.” The crowd erupted into applause.
“And, as your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble — it’s good for you.”
I know she was saying this all a little playfully since she was accepting the award for her role as “Maleficent” in “Sleeping Beauty.” But I wonder if that was the best message to send to kids-the part about it being good to cause trouble?
I remember one of my favorite movies, “The Sandlot” where Smalls’ mom tells him to run around, get dirty, climb trees and “get into trouble for crying out loud! Not too much. But some.” She is so worried that her boy spends most of his time in his room with his inventions and not enough time being a “normal” boy, getting into mischief and roaming the neighborhood.
Do you think it’s good advice to tell kids to get into trouble? What message do you think they are really taking home?