Brad Pitt’s mother came under fire last week for writing a controversial op-ed about politics, and now her son is coming to her defense.

But not the one you think. The actor’s younger brother, Doug, addressed the issue on the “Today” show on Monday.

“They are different,” Pitt said, noting that Brad and his mom don’t always see eye-to-eye on politics.

In her letter to the Springfield News-Leader, Jane Pitt wrote, “Barack Hussein Obama – a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.”

Her very famous son, meanwhile, is a vocal supporter of President Barack Obama and gay marriage.

“You know, I think moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world. So why would our family be any different?” Doug said. “…There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you and I think there should be. You know, the bad thing is when it turns to venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion. We can learn from each other and, if anything, it solidifies your point. Or maybe you learn something.”

From JAMES: When this story appeared last week, on one of the sites in the comments, it noted that there was another article that headlined “Brad Pitt’s Mother Writes Gay Hate Letter…..”. What concerns me is the notion that simply because someone does not espouse the ideology of marriage equality, they are automatically a “gay hater” or “homophobic”. That is as idiotic a point of view as saying that one is racist simply for disagreeing with Barack Obama. I perused the website of the NoH8 Campaign, which was originally formed to combat California’s Prop 8. IMHO, this group that wants to bring about change is actually promulgating hate… hate for those who have a different point of view.

If we want the “hate” to stop, then stop promulgating the idea that the opposing view comes from a place of hate!