The former Friends actress has had it.
Jennifer Aniston has been hounded by paparazzi for years and years and has rarely addressed it. Nor has offered a response to how her personal life is treated in tabloid headlines. No longer. Today, the 47-year-old penned a blistering op-ed for the Huffington Post lambasting entertainment news coverage for how they’ve fixated on her.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote. “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.’”
Aniston stated that the issue isn’t solely about her privacy; it’s also about the way media shapes and reflects our value systems, namely the value of women.
“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.”
She pointed out that obsessing about physicality can lead to problematic attitudes as to what success and happiness look like.
“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,” she said. “Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone.”
The actress also noted that, if a day comes when she is, in fact, pregnant, she’ll happily deliver the news herself.
“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.”