Back in July of this year, Jennifer Aniston penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post about sexism and the tabloid industry. It went wildly viral.
This week, Ms. Aniston went on The Ellen Show, and spoke more in depth on the matter. After acknowledging host Ellen DeGeneres' recent Presidential honor, Aniston laid into the tabloid industry. Anyway! The original story that inspired Aniston's anti-tabloid piece involved a "baby bump" photograph of her. In that piece, Aniston wrote:
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.” Not to mention the painful awkwardness that comes with being congratulated by friends, coworkers and strangers alike on one’s fictional pregnancy (often a dozen times in a single day). 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.
Aniston continued her criticism of the industry that spends its time criticizing celebrities in her conversation with Ellen. She even mentioned how mind-boggling it was to her that many of these tabloid articles and pieces are actually written by women in the first place. Click below to see what Aniston had to say.