Jennifer Aniston Slams Pregnancy Reports, Tabloid “Stalking And Objectification”
Jennifer Aniston is setting the record straight about pregnancy reports, which Gossip Cop has repeatedly debunked, and how she’s “fed up” with the tabloid culture’s “stalking and objectification,” which has “warped [the]way we calculate a woman’s worth.” In a nearly 1,000-word takedown, Aniston slams the tabloids and how they body-shame women on a daily basis.
“Let me start by saying that addressing gossip is something I have never done. I don’t like to give energy to the business of lies, but I wanted to participate in a larger conversation… Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing,” Aniston began her essay for the Huffington Post. She then stated, “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.'”
Aniston went on to mention how she and her husband Justin Theroux are daily “harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers,” and what this “insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.” She wrote, “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 actress noted, for example, “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,” explained Aniston, who added how this leads to questions, including, “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’?”
Aniston revealed, “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 she explained, “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.”
She pointed out that while the tabloids have focused on her 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.” Instead, Aniston decried how reporters have tried to “uncover whether or not I am pregnant (for the bajillionth time… but who’s counting),” and how there’s a “notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.”
Aniston contended, “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child… That decision is ours and ours alone… 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,” she added.
“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,” Aniston continued. “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.” She expressed, “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.'”
While she feels tabloid practices unfortunately won’t change, Aniston offered, “What we 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.” She concluded, “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 bulls**t.”