Jen Aniston Takes Aim At Toxic Media In Candid Rebuttal
Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to scrutiny from the media.
But after decades of ignoring the shocking lies printed and splashed all over the news, she has finally had enough.
The past month has seen intense speculation from the media surrounding Aniston and her husband, Justin Theroux and whether or not they are expecting.
Prompted from some mildly unflattering (if you can even say that) photos that show the 47-year-old actress in a bikini sporting a slight bloat, news outlets have been in a frenzy trying to break the news or catch her sporting what may be a baby bump.
For someone that has been 'pregnant' in the tabloids more than most, this should come as no surprise to the actor, but the lengths that the paparazzi and media are going to this time around has caused her to end the debate once and for all.
Jennifer used The Huffington Post as a platform to release a candid and telling statement - aimed at media and the public, alike.
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In short: Aniston is not pregnant, she is fed up!
And should we blame her?
Below is a number of excerpts from her open letter.
To read the full article, it is available on The Huffington Post website.
Aniston on addressing media rumours:
"Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done," the statement begins, "I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation that has already begun and needs to continue."
"I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction. But I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth."
Aniston on pregnancy rumours:
"For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of “journalism,” the “First Amendment” and “celebrity news.”"
"I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know. But I’m not in pursuit of motherhood because I feel incomplete in some way, as our celebrity news culture would lead us all to believe. I resent being made to feel “less than” because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: “pregnant” or “fat.” Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day)."
Aniston on being harassed by media and paparazzi:
"Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby."
Aniston on a woman's worth:
"If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty."
"This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status. The sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time... but who’s counting) points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children. In this last boring news cycle about my personal life there have been mass shootings, wildfires, major decisions by the Supreme Court, an upcoming election, and any number of more newsworthy issues that “journalists” could dedicate their resources towards."
Aniston on changing the narrative:
"Little girls everywhere are absorbing our agreement, passive or otherwise. And it begins early. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. We use celebrity “news” to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical “imperfection”?"
"We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves."
"From years of experience, I’ve learned tabloid practices, however dangerous, will not change, at least not any time soon. What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullsh*t."
Bravo, Jen, Bravo!