In it, Jennifer declares that she is FED UP with the media scrutiny of her body. We saw the latest, a few weeks ago with the tabloids/paparazzi going to town over whether or not she was pregnant, because she had a "delicious lunch", per her PR Guru, Huvane, and had a bit of a protruding stomach while on vacation with her husband, Justin Theroux. Speed up to a few days, and she's all over NYC in work out gear, her "protruding stomach" completely gone.......because newsflash! women gain weight without being pregnant. Especially when they're hitting up 50 in a few years.
She then goes on to say that the scrutiny that women endure about their bodies and their actions is appalling--true--and that little girls internalize a lot of this from the get go--also true--and that we, as women, are judged whether or not we have children, whether or not we have a husband or boyfriend--which is very, very true. I do not disagree with her on any point. Although it is very ramble-y (and I know I can't talk--but she has how many millions of dollars? She can afford to have someone polish her work before she sends that out to be published)--every bit of it is true.
But I still rolled my eyes throughout the entire Op Ed.
Honestly, because it's Jennifer Aniston saying it.
Now I'm just going to ignore her engagements for the last twenty years with the media and tabloids about her being pregnant or not, and pick an example that is within the last few years, that showcases exactly why I rolled my eyes when I saw this op ed.
You all remember Jennifer Aniston's run for Oscar glory and an attempt to be seen in a more serious light as an actor back in late 2014 and early 2015?
Well this is how her Oscar campaign went.
Her early interviews had the same, main talking points--about how she felt "empowered" without makeup on (as per her acting in the film Cake, which I did not understand, because she clearly had facial scars in the movie, so yes, she had makeup on for that to blend in with the rest of her face), her body (she gained weight for the role), calling the tabloids "bs and lies", talking about her relationship with Justin, etc. But the most interesting part was how she allowed Brad and Angelina's names to be referenced--that or the UnHoly Triangle--along with TABLOIDS. Always tabloids.
In Instyle Magazine, girlfriend lied straight through her teeth about when she and Justin got together. She was introducing Justin around as her boyfriend back in April 2011, on the set of her Lifetime movie short, Five. Last I checked, April was not "the following summer", as she claims. Yet here she is, addressing tabloid rumors (and lying). Later, she also talked shit about plastic surgery and injections--something I find ironic given that she's had like three nose jobs.
In Allure magazine, she says speculation about whether or not she is pregnant is "rude, insulting, and ignorant". Bonus/gossip conspiracy: she also comments on Gwyneth Paltrow on her style, and says "she's always been sweet to me". Um. This is the same woman who referred to her as "that tv girl".
Then she hires Lisa Taback, Oscar Consultant (which is probably why she went on Dr. Oz's show), and the shift from calling the tabloids shits on the tabloids some more for being sexist and treating her personal life with double standards--and in this interview with CBS is asked about the tabloid headlines with her ex-husband, Brad Pitt, saying
I don’t find it painful. I think it’s a narrative that follows you because it’s an interesting headline. It’s more of a media-driven topic. (When asked if she keeps in touch with Brad, she says)We’ve exchanged good wishes an all that sort of stuff to each other, but it’s not a constant thing.
In the New York Times, she allowed the interviewer to bring up Angelina and herself in relation to the tabloid rumors, and then to speak about the infamous Sony Hack email where Scott Rudin called Angelina a spoiled brat, with a "I don't want to add fuel to the fire" remark. In this same interview is the first mention of her first love, a man that she had been with at the age of twenty-five, and had left to go to LA to start her career. Jennifer says that he died of brain cancer a few years ago, and that he sent Justin to make up for her being stupid enough to let him go.
Unfortunately for Jennifer, and fortunately for us gossip lovers--her true lurve's widow was NOT pleased with her speaking about her now deceased husband, particularly because a) he was married to her, NOT Jennifer, b) Jennifer was not around in any form when he got sick, and then died, and c) Jennifer did not return any of her attempts at contact--to give her some pictures of the two of them together, and did not attend the funeral, nor give a condolence card.
She was not there. But you know what bringing him up was an attempt in doing? Leaving the tabloid story behind that she pines for Brad.
Next she speaks about her and Angelina's supposed rivalry to Entertainment Tonight--at this point, the Oscar nominations are out, and her name is not on the list,
It’s just tiresome and old. It’s like an old leather shoe. Let’s buy a new pair of shiny shoes. I think that’s slowly coming to an end. I really do. I mean, that movie is so beautiful and wonderful and she did such a gorgeous job. I think that it’s time people stop with that petty B.S. and just start celebrating great work and stop with the petty kind of silliness
In her next few interviews, she speaks about Justin--and how his mom would be upset if they eloped, how she's the number one snubbed (for the Oscar), and that Cake is the first film to talk about chronic pain.........which leads way to her THR interview.
Now obviously, she had expected to be an Oscar nominee when she was interviewed, and she was not by the time the article came out in full--and why she still gave this interview, I have no idea.
I urge you all to read it. Instead of speaking about the new type of roles she wished to be considered for (crack addict looking to get clean, homeless woman taking care of two kids she found on the street, a struggling restaurateur trying to balance her burgeoning business with her love life, etc), the scripts or books that her production company, Echo Films was optioning, or any other bajillion topics revolving around the acting profession, instead she talks about the same old bs that we've been hearing from her.
She talks about Brad, and how "no one did anything wrong"--in reference to their divorce. She has no wedding date with Justin. She wants babies with Justin, but doesn't know if they'll have them. She's passive aggressive. Her mother was mean and criticized her.
The only thing that even remotely gets close to her talking about her future in Hollywood and acting is when she says that she doesn't know what she wants to do that is "bigger" than herself--whether it's a foundation, a baby, or another film. She does talk a bit about Cake, but that's it.
This is an interview, may I remind you, to The Hollywood Reporter, a trade magazine. And she chooses this moment to bring up tabloid bs.
After she hasn't got the Oscar nomination.
Actually during. Yes, she was claiming that she was over it. But how many times can you declare that you are over something, before we believe you?
Let's be clear--Jennifer has complete and total control over her interviews. Back in 2012, the British Editor of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman told the world that Jennifer Aniston would not be on the cover of her magazine, with a lengthy interview inside, because of the demands that she made. She has complete and total copy control over her interviews. If she did not want something to be asked, it is not asked. If the journalist "sneaks" it in there, then she has the power to a) end the interview, or b) say "no comment".
Which brings me to my overall point. Jennifer's Op Ed is all about body shaming and how sexist the tabloids are, and how fed up she is with all of it. That's true.
But it is also true to acknowledge that Jennifer plays the tabloids and the media like a fiddle, and then gets upset when she cannot control that perception. That's what her problem is. Let's ignore the years upon years that she talked about having babies soon and then acting like her fans wanted her barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen when she didn't have babies. Or ignore all the times she's gone to People Magazine denying that she was on a baby food diet (or dating Justin, hehehe), and go back to my example of her Oscar campaign.
She had no problem using the tabloids to bring up a "feud" between her and Angelina, when she was going after an Oscar nomination, succeeding in getting a Golden Globe and SAG nod. She had no problem using a dead man to revoke the tabloid image that Brad Pitt was her true love. If you read the link I provided for her dead ex boyfriend's widow's Facebook post--because of Jennifer's comments about her husband, she had tabloids writing and calling her about her husband and his relationship with Jennifer. Did Jennifer issue a statement apologizing to the widow and lambasting the tabloids for intruding on the privacy of a private citizen?
And then in THR, Hollywood's trade Bible--she had no problems speaking about all of her problems, all of her issues--with her mother, bringing up that she wants babies, when she's said for years to stop the speculations about her womb.......but she keeps bringing babies up, and then gets mad when people speculate on what SHE said.
Let's also be real.
Jennifer is upset that the media is basically calling her fat. I feel her. I'd be upset too. But I can't tell you one interview that I've read from her over the years that did not have to do with her looks--she's famous, especially in recent years, for giving infomercials on her hair (Living Proof), her skin care regime (apparently Aveeno and that's all--I don't know who buys that), her diet (Smartwater), how many hours a day she works out, etc. She's famous for her body. And while it is a sad reality to be reduced to your body, that's what she has helped do to herself. When you, as an actress become more well known for your advertising of products than acting, there's a problem, and we see that with Jennifer.
So no, I can't take her Op Ed seriously, because she ignores the fact that she benefits from such speculation, and encourages it. I have no problems with celebrities taking the bull by the horns and managing THEIR image.
THIS is what she managed and created--a celebrity image that is incumbent upon her image and her looks. Yes, it is doubly sexist for women.......but that is not an excuse, imo.
I mean, come on. The week she got back from the Bahamas, the Dailymail ran pap photos of her in NYC all week in work out clothes, looking a lot more fit than she did on vacation. That's not a coincidence, especially considering most celebs go to NYC to get AWAY from the paps. Yet every time she's there, she gets pap'd (which also shows you how little she's there, lol).