“Business of lies”

Jennifer Aniston says she’s “fed up” with tabloids and their “bullsh*t”

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In a scathing article for The Huffington Post, Jennifer Aniston responded to pregnancy rumors — the result of an unflattering photo of Aniston in a bikini on the beach — with an unequivocal response, “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.” Aniston says that although she prefers not to “[address] gossip” or “give energy to the business of lies,” that the most recent media frenzy around her supposed pregnancy made her feel the need to speak up about what she calls the “absurd and disturbing” objectification of women in American culture. “This past month in particular,” Aniston writes, “has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status.”

Incessant celebrity news stories, Aniston argues, “perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females … the sheer amount of resources being spent right now by press trying to simply uncover whether or not I am pregnant … points to the perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children.” Aniston rejects this perspective, arguing instead that women “are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child,” and that she resents “being made to feel ‘less than’ because [her] body is changing and/or [she] had a burger for lunch.”

Aniston says that these toxic cultural standards are something that must be bought into by the people within that culture, and that ultimately “we get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up.” She doesn’t expect tabloid practices to change, but if they do, she says, it’ll be because they were “forced to see the world through a different, more humanized lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullsh*t.”

Read the full story at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

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