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Melissa Etheridge Says Angelina Jolie Is Afraid Not Brave

Everyone has been praising Angelina Jolie for getting that double mastectomy after finding out she had the gene mutation that raised her risk of breast cancer. Everyone except for Melissa Etheridge, that is.

Etheridge is also a breast cancer survivor but went a different route. Instead of the double mastectomy, she underwent chemo and has been cancer free for 9 years. She tells the Washington Blade via Us that Angelina wasn’t courageous in undergoing the procedure, she was fearful. She also knows exactly what causes cancer. Because she’s a scientist now.

“I have to say I feel a little differently,” the Grammy-winning chanteuse (who, incidentally, performed at Brad Pitt’s wedding to Jennifer Aniston) said of the choice to get a preventive mastectomy. “I have that gene mutation too, and it’s not something I would believe in for myself. 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.”

“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. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything, but it never comes to cancer,” she continued, noting that surgical removal of one’s breasts is “way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do” to lessen your risk of the disease.

“I’ve been cancer free for nine years now, and looking back, I completely understand why I got cancer,” she added. “There was so much acidity in everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further before coming to that conclusion [of a mastectomy].”

If you’ve skipped to the end without reading most of what was said, here’s a TL;DR version for you. Melissa Etheridge, also a breast cancer survivor, called Angelina Jolie a pussy for cutting off her boobs. Now I’m posting the requisite inflammatory statement, “Shots fired! Shots fired!”

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