Unlike most high profile celebs, Jennifer Aniston has no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Snapchat accounts and prefers to remain as private as possible when it comes to her personal life.
Clearly frustrated with the constant rumours claiming she is pregnant- Aniston put pen to paper and wrote her thoughts about tabloids, gossip magazines and the portrayal of women in the media in an open letter published today in the Huffington Post.
“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,” Aniston said.
“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’.”
Aniston also writes about her frustrations on having to deal with constant scrutiny and the comparisons not only for celebrities but all women who are made to feel inadequate if they are without a partner or child.
“The perpetuation of this notion that women are somehow incomplete, unsuccessful, or unhappy if they’re not married with children,” she said.
“Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. 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. Let’s make that decision consciously, outside of the tabloid noise. We don’t need to be married or mothers to be complete. We get to determine our own “happily ever after” for ourselves.”
Aniston seems to want to become a voice for all celebrities who are in the same boat and also wants the public to become more media savvy and to stop buying tabloid papers and gossip magazines.
“From years of experience, I’ve learned tabloid practices, however dangerous, will not change, at least not any time soon. What can change is our awareness and reaction to the toxic messages buried within these seemingly harmless stories served up as truth and shaping our ideas of who we are. We get to decide how much we buy into what’s being served up, and maybe some day the tabloids will be forced to see the world through a different, more humanised lens because consumers have just stopped buying the bullshit.”