Brad Pitt has a lot on his plate. On top of being a prolific actor, he and wife Angelina Jolie are pretty much constantly jet-setting to film festivals, award shows, and impoverished nations for humanitarian work–and frequently, they’ve got their 6 children in tow. But being busy and famous aren’t really good enough reasons to feed the kids Coca-Cola for breakfast, which Pitt said he did in a recent interview with CBS Sunday Morning. Parents, please don’t try this at home.
Pitt has been hitting the interview circuit to continue promotions of his most recent film, Moneyball, which has already earned him several nods this award season. But of course, no interview is complete without a little bit of prying into his fascinating private life, which, to be fair, is quite public. From the interview:
Listen, I admit there’s times like, “We gotta get up. Get up! Here’s your shoes. Here’s your shoes. Drink this Coke. Drink this Coca Cola. Drink it all. Right now! Drink it! Drink it! Drink it!” Just so we could get ‘em up and going.
Really, Brad? Really?
Pitt’s children aren’t celebrities, themselves–that is, they haven’t starred in any films and don’t appear to have any interest in becoming working actors. So it’s not like Brad’s adopting the “stage-dad” mentality of say, the parents on Toddlers and Tiaras, who do things like feed their children “go go juice.” But, because they’re busy and famous by proxy, the kids are often photographed by paparazzi in airports and on the street, which means it’s important that they look bright-eyed. But is it more important than their health? And more important than setting an example for viewers at home?
The statement comes hot on the heels of a new study that shows that sugar–like the kind that is found by the tablespoon in a single can of Coke–isn’t just harmful to the body, it’s actually physically addictive. And, just a reminder, most of Brad’s children still have their baby teeth, and are still growing. Or at least, growing the best they can, considering the growth-stunting side-effects of too much caffeine.
Of course, there’s no way to know whether or not Brad’s got the kids chugging soda on the daily, or it’s an occasional occurence. But to be honest, the idea of any parent giving their kid Coca-Cola to keep up with their jam-packed lifestyle is a little troubling. Even when that parent is Brad Pitt.