Melissa Etheridge has taken an unusual stance again Angelina Jolie.
With most of the world applauding this actress for undergoing a double mastectomy in order to ensure that a gene mutation would not lead to breast cancer, the singer has come out and labeled Jolie a coward.
"I have that gene mutation too and it's not something I would believe in for myself," Etheridge tells The Washington Blade. "I wouldn't call it the brave choice. I actually think it's the most fearful choice you can make when confronting anything with cancer.
How does the artist arrive at that conclusion?
By linking cancer to factors within one's control over any kind of genetic disposition.
"My belief is that cancer comes from inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your body. It's the stress that will turn that gene on or not," she says.
Jolie has said little on the topic since an editorial in The New York Times.
She stood by Brad Pitt's side at a handful of World War Z premieres this month and most often told reporters she was simply there to support her man and was glad to have started a dialogue regarding breast cancer awareness.
"I would say... [a mastectomy] is way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and to really consider the advancements we've made in things like nutrition and stress levels," concludes Etheridge.
"I've been cancer free for nine years now and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer. There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion."
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