Ben Affleck Did NOT ‘Blame’ Jennifer Lopez For ‘Career Failures,’ Despite Report
“Ben Affleck Blames Jennifer Lopez For Career Failures,” announces Celeb Dirty Laundry, which says, “Ben Affleck still has some strong feelings about his relationship with ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. In fact, Ben says he’s still emotionally scarred over it. The Hollywood actor opened up about their relationship and said his romance with Jennifer was the reason why he suffered so many career failures after their break up.”
The piece notes that Affleck recently spoke about their relationship, as well as his career, during a TimesTalks event with the New York Times. “Ben opened up about Jennifer and the ex-couple’s ‘Gigli’ failure. He says that all of the media coverage surrounding their romance was too much for him to handle,” says the site, which quotes the actor himself as saying, “‘It could have been a bad movie no one cared about. Angelina Jolie had a bad movie that year and no one cared. But it was because I was dating Jennifer Lopez that made it a big f**king deal. So not only was it just a bad movie but ‘they dated each other.’’”
The webloid then contends, “Of course, a lot of sources say that it was Jennifer who was constantly pushing the couple in the spotlight all the time. She wanted to generate as much publicity from their relationship as possible. Jennifer wanted the media to treat them as the most epic love story in Hollywood’s history. Unfortunately, their constant media coverage backfired against them. After the couple broke up, Ben had four movies in a row that bombed at the box office. And he says it’s because everyone was simply sick of seeing him and Jennifer Lopez in the media every single day.”
CDL eventually concludes, “Is Ben Affleck wrong for putting all the blame on Jennifer Lopez?” Um, where exactly did he do that? The actor never once blamed Lopez herself for anything that transpired, personally or professionally. He did not say “his romance with Jennifer is why he suffered so many career failures.” Nor did he ever assert that it was Lopez’s own publicity plot that “backfired.”
Rather, as the blog even admits, Affleck’s comments were actually about the “media coverage surrounding their romance.” The actor’s point was that the media industry’s obsession with the relationship affected his career, not the singer-actress herself. And he’s not the only celebrity to make such a point.
Kristen Stewart, for instance, spoke earlier this year about how the media fixation on her romance with Robert Pattinson made their relationship feel “gross.” Contrary to how some outlets tried to spin it, Stewart wasn’t calling Pattinson himself “gross.” But clearly, Celeb Dirty Laundry and its ilk rather wrongly twist the truth into something sensational and scandalous.