In response to the number of rumors surrounding her ?pregnancy,? actress Jennifer Aniston wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post blasting the tabloid news culture.
?For the record, I am not pregnant,? she wrote in an essay published Tuesday. ?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.??
Her commentary was fueled at least in part by a recent tabloid speculation that she’s pregnant, at long last. Most recently, rumors claimed that the 47-year-old Friends star was expecting a ?miracle child? following paparazzi photos showing her with a swollen belly in a bikini emerged.?Aniston?s representatives responded by noting that she had just eaten a big lunch and was on a private beach.
While Aniston? concerns regarding celebrity gossips are real, the so called ?politically liberal? Huffington Post reeks of hypocrisy since it too is involved in similar tabloid rumors.?The news site had in fact published similar pregnancy rumors article on Aniston back in 2013 when she was spotted with her husband Justin Theroux posing on the red carpet at the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
The reality is that ?journalism? much like everything works on revenue and celebrity news is what sells like hotcakes. Though Aniston and HuffPost consider that the constant scrutiny the female stars go through is demeaning to women, Aniston too has certainly been complicit in building the tabloid fascination around her privacy. As Vox points out, she too used media and paparazzi to keep her post Friends career alive by strategically posing for photos as well as discussing her dreams for children with Vanity Fair.
Aniston also attacked the media for body shaming saying that ?the objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.? She added that celebrity news perpetuates this ?dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one?s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation.?
But Aniston also endorses the ideal Hollywood beauty image. She maintains her looks and talks about them often as part of her career being a spokeswoman for Aveeno skincare, as well as a co-owner of hair product brand ?Living Proof.? She even admitted to a nose job, so the hard fact is that Jennifer Aniston cares about how she looks and she is part of the problem.