Exhausted by tabloid rumors, Jennifer Aniston is asking media consumers to stop buying into the BS

By Faith Brar
Updated: March 05, 2018
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For decades, Jennifer Aniston's personal life, relationship status, and physical appearance have been a hot topic of discussion. Most recently, she was subjected to tabloid pregnancy rumors while vacationing with husband, Justin Theroux. The debacle seems to have been the last straw for the star, as after years of scrutiny, she decided to speak up in the form of a personal essay.

Aniston voiced her frustration about the incessant pregnancy rumors, intrusive photographers, and misrepresented publicity in her well-written essay for The Huffington Post. She starts by clearing one thing up. "For the record, I am not pregnant," she writes. "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 addresses the tabloids shots showing the actress in a bikini with what the headlines say is a baby bump. She goes on to discuss how she and Theroux are subjected to dangerous paparazzi tactics, following the couple around everywhere, trying to capture a picture worthy of a big paycheck for the photographer and cover line for the mag. "The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing," Aniston goes on to write. "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...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'?" (Also, 20 More Celebs Who Were Criticized for Thier Curves.)

And the actress makes sure everyone knows that she will be the gatekeeper of her own breaking news, saying "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. 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. 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.'" (Read more Refreshingly Honest Celebrity Body Confessions.)

Aniston sums up her essay to remind us that we hold the real power when it comes to the meddlesome way some tabloids treat women in the spotlight. "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." Mic drop.



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