The Brangelina break-up: Arab tweeters decide who's to blame

The Brangelina break-up: Arab tweeters decide who's to blame
2 min read
22 Sep, 2016
For some in the Arab world, the end of Brangelina provided some sense of comic relief amid the ongoing conflicts and tragedies that usually dominate social media.
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from actor Brad Pitt [Getty]

Brangelina is officially no more. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from actor Brad Pitt, spelling the end of what is probably Hollywood's most high-profile celebrity couple.

The news took social media by storm this week and the Arab twitterati was no exception.

The BBC recorded over 3,000 uses of the hashtag #Bragelina from the Arab world as an Arabic-language alternative was created.

Users poked fun at traditional excuses often used when couples break up.

[The divorce of #Angelina_Jolie from #Brad_Pitt is evil eye, I can swear by it.]

[The Arab people bragged a lot about Angelina Jolie, her beauty and her life, and her work with refugees. And now she has filed for a divorce from her husband. Evil eye does break up homes!]

Others rushed to take sides.

[I swear I am shocked by #Angelina_Jolie and #Brad_Pitt divorce. What an idiot! How can anyone betray this woman who has a beautiful on the inside and out.]

[I am willing to marry Angelina Jolie and father her children.]

Many however, remained aghast at a media whirlwind created by what was essentially a break-up of two people against the backdrop of human tragedies in the Middle East and elsewhere.


[The Arab world, especially Egypt, has not spoken about Syria and Palestine like they did about the break-up of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.]

Jolie, who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, is also known for her humanitarian work.

Last week, the actress shone a light on the thousands of refugees that have suffered loss and trauma when she visited a refugee camp in Jordan for Syrians fleeing bombing and fighting.