Jennifer Aniston’s Much Needed ‘For The Record’
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Jennifer Aniston’s Much Needed ‘For The Record’

My reaction to Jennifer Aniston’s Huffington Post essay addressing the media.

Jennifer Aniston’s Much Needed ‘For The Record’
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Jennifer Aniston addressed celebrity news in her Huffington Post essay, ‘For The Record,’ this past Tuesday.

The endless pregnancy rumors are put to rest as Aniston writes, “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up.”

Aniston shares her experience of consistent paparazzi harassment but ‘For The Record’ sheds light on the bigger picture: body shaming.

“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” she wrote.

Instead of discussing her brilliance in not only acting but directing and producing, many trash magazines want to discuss an imaginary pregnancy. Let’s admit, how long has there been a Jennifer Aniston pregnancy rumor? Years.

I remember seeing these rumors as she dated her husband Justin Theroux. Now after a year of marriage, the pregnancy rumors are never ending and Aniston has had enough.

She puts these “journalists” to shame as they continuously degrade females. Young girls stand on the sidelines watching this unravel, whether it’s consciously or not. Aniston reminds everyone that these tabloids are the ones who “perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance."

I have seen headlines that still fantasize the idea of Aniston and ex-husband Brad Pitt. Headlines like “Brad Leaves Angie For Jen” are not unusual to see splattered across these magazines. Not only Aniston, but most celebrities are under this consistent harassment.

The continuous pregnancy rumors made Aniston realize “how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status.”

“Taylor Swift: Another Boyfriend? When Will She Finally Settle Down?”

“Guess Who’s Body Gained 100 Pounds!” This headline usually comes along with a horrendous photo-shopped celebrity on a beach that is almost unrecognizable.

I agree with Aniston, it’s disgusting.

They are lies, not journalism. It’s those paper thin trash magazines that spew the same lies over and over and Aniston is just one of the many victims.

I’ve seen not only young children but grown adults ask whether a magazine headline was true. Are Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani married with twins? Is Jennifer Aniston really pregnant? Are Beyoncé and Jay- Z divorcing?

No, it’s just a bunch of lies.

There is a difference between a photojournalist and a stalker. There is a difference between journalism and this celebrity “news” Aniston is referring to. It’s important for people to understand the differences.

People see these headlines and automatically assume they are true. Young children are aware as they check out with their parents in the supermarket.

Why can’t we just wait until the celebrity releases the information? Instead, we depend on shady “sources” that probably have no connection to the celebrity at all.

I know these celebrities chose the entertainment industry. Yes, it’s the life they chose to live. But that does not mean they deserve to be harassed on a daily basis. They are human too.

People want celebrities to use their fame to be a part of the change. Aniston is sharing that notion in ‘For The Record’.

“We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples.” –Jennifer Aniston

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