It would seem like a man would be dismissing Angelina Jolie’s brave decision to have a double mastectomy, but Melissa Etheridge has taken the cake. A breast cancer survivor herself, Etheridge called out the actress in an interview this week, saying that Jolie’s mastectomy was “fearful,” not “brave.” After discovering she had the BRCA gene mutation that could lead to breast cancer, Jolie opted for a preventive double mastectomy. Jolie's fiancé, Brad Pitt, called the decision “heroic,” but Etheridge disagreed. She claims that many women have the mutation, but “it’s the stress that will turn that gene on or not.” In an op-ed in The New York Times, Jolie admitted that her decision was difficult but felt “empowered that I made a strong choice.”
Disagrees with Jolie’s decision to undergo double mastectomy.