What do Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig have in common?

You wouldn’t think that Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and Colin Craig would have anything in common but it turns out that they do share one trait. They share a?belief that they can use their wealth to control what famous bloggers write about them.

Angelina Jolie is threatening to sue Perez Hilton.

The lawyers for the 41-year-old actress… have emailed the celebrity blogger to ask him to change certain aspects of his report on her split from Brad Pitt, or face legal action.

Posting a screenshot of his email response on Instagram, the 37-year-old star wrote: “In other news, #AngelinaJolie’s lawyers at Greenberg Glusker have just threatened to sue me for my coverage of her split from #BradPitt. ME!! I have always been one of Angelina Jolie’s loudest and strongest supporters and defenders!!!!! This was my email back to Angelina’s lawyers, #BertFields and#PriyaSapori. Glad I’m not running for president!! [sic]”

Image-The NZ Herald

Image-The NZ Herald

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Being threatened by a fabulously wealthy individual is no laughing matter and I really feel for poor Perez Hilton. Perhaps we should come up with a special term to describe this kind of ?attitude. You have heard of Short?Man Syndrome. Perhaps what Angelina and Colin are suffering from is Rich Bully Syndrome?

American Billionaire Frank VanderSloot also suffers from this serious syndrome.

But it is VanderSloot?s chronic bullying threats to bring patently frivolous lawsuits against his political critics ? magazines, journalists, and bloggers ? that makes him particularly pernicious and worthy of more attention. In the last month alone, VanderSloot, using threats of expensive defamation actions, has successfully forced?Forbes,?Mother Jones?and at least one local gay blogger in Idaho to remove articles that critically focused on his political and business practices…

He has been using this abusive tactic in Idaho for years: suppressing legitimate political speech by threatening or even commencing lawsuits against even the most obscure critics (he has even sued local bloggers for ?copyright infringement? after they published a threatening letter sent by his lawyers). This tactic almost always succeeds in silencing its targets, because even journalists and their employers who have done nothing wrong are afraid of the potentially ruinous costs they will incur when sued by a litigious billionaire.


I wonder if Colin Craig and Frank know each other? I couldn’t believe it when Colin claimed copyright on his poem and sued us for $30,000 for the dubious privilege of sharing part of it with our readers. There must be a Rich Bully Syndrome playbook somewhere that instructs them on these matters. I wonder if it comes with a Voodoo doll?