There was never a time when I didn’t know the name Jennifer Aniston.
The classic sitcom Friends first premiered less than a year after I was born, and Aniston was immediately rocketed into the spotlight. America has adored her for over two decades– I’ve followed her for my entire life– but none of us have seen Jennifer Aniston like this before.
On Tuesday, July 12th, the Huffington Post posted a blog entry written by Aniston titled “For the Record.” Reading it, my respect for this Hollywood star went through the roof. In it, Aniston addresses “the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily” in the media.
Here it is:
“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 that has already begun and needs to continue. Since I’m not on social media, I decided to put my thoughts here in writing.
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.”
Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo, even if it means endangering us or the unlucky pedestrians who happen to be nearby. But setting aside the public safety aspect, I want to focus on the bigger picture of what this insane tabloid ritual represents to all of us.