Firstly Jennifer Aniston is, and always has been, the queen of everything 👸👸👸👸👸.
Secondly, just while we’re on the subject, they may have been on a break but it still wasn’t cool or unacceptable. You know what you did Ross!
Anyway, recently, as Jenifer was on holidays with her husband, this picture went viral and the media went nuts:
All of a sudden Jen is declared pregnant, and since, she has been plagued more than ever by photographers falling over each other to get a further photograph of her new baby bump.
Firstly, if Jen is pregnant in that picture, then most of the female population must be expecting triplets.
Secondly, how soul destroying and degrading to have every extra inch speculated on by the world and his mother. Paparazzi make anywhere from $500- $20,000 for a picture of a celebrity, with the most lucrative shots being of a celebrity having a breakdown, a row or showing the first glimpse of a baby bump. It is their business to ensure that their pictures are seen as sensational.
Anyway, Jen is PISSED, and for the first time ever, has spoken out about how ridiculous and destructive this whole culture is not just to her but to all of us. In a piece written for the Huffington Post, Jen writes.
“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.”
“Sometimes cultural standards just need a different perspective so we can see them for what they really are — a collective acceptance… a subconscious agreement. We are in charge of our agreement. 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.”
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 bullshit.
Kudos for turning a negative cultural situation into a frank and open discussion on how harmful our current culture is, but how awful to have to defend yourself on an international platform for eating a burger.
Read the full post here.