Jolie, Pitt Allow Daughter to Dress Like a Boy, Call Her 'John'
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made headlines in recent days after their 8-year-old daughter appeared on the red carpet wearing a suit.
The couple have said in recent years that their daughter, Shiloh, only wants to dress like a boy and insists on being called "John."
Jolie downplayed the issue in 2010, saying, “Some kids wear capes and want to be Superman and she wants to be like her brothers. It’s who she is. It’s been a surprise to us and it’s really interesting, but she’s so much more than that – she’s funny and sweet and pretty.”
On "Fox and Friends" today, we heard a spirited debate about whether a child should be choosing their gender identity at such a young age.
Lyss Stern, CEO of Divamoms.com, said Jolie and Pitt are doing the right thing by letting Shiloh express herself. She said all parents should make their child "feel comfortable in their own skin."
Anna Kooiman asked how this is any different from a girl playing with toy guns instead of dolls.
Parenting expert Cherie Corso said those are examples of healthy role-playing, but criticized Jolie and Pitt for exposing their daughter to possible "ridicule."
Stern countered that it's just about "letting a child be a child" at this point.
Corso said the celebrity couple should not be "trailblazers" for parenting, pointing out that they home-school their kids and do not live a traditional lifestyle.
Watch the debate above.