Jennifer Aniston sets the record straight. On Tuesday, Jennifer published a thoughtful entry on the Huffington Post, “For the Record,” in which she comments on the obsessive celebrity tabloids that has thrived by fueling rumors about her personal life for decades. Her extensive column is a vast departure from her usually, “No comment” status.
First off: She is not pregnant. “What I am is fed up,” she writes. “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.'”
“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.”
Jennifer continues, “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.
She addresses the ridiculous standards for which society deems women successful. “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. 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.”
When women stop buying the tabloids and start supporting positive inspiring content, these trash rags will disappear. Bravo to Aniston for finally making a stand and stepping out from behind the comfortable perch of silence.
Read the full letter here.