Op-Ed: How Jennifer Aniston Went From Most Loved Celeb To Most Victimized Star
We look back at tabloid headlines throughout her career.
Jennifer Aniston has been one of America’s favorite celebrities since her role on ‘Friends’ made her one of the biggest stars of her time. From obsessing over “the Rachel” haircut to eagerly awaiting the latest news about her private life, people have made every aspect of Aniston’s life important to their own. She’s easy to love, which in turn has made her a tabloid goldmine. The problem with Jen being one of America’s most loved actresses is that since her split with Brad Pitt she has also become America’s favorite star to victimize. Every tabloid with her face on it since the split has been extremely misogynistic making her out to be a heartbroken, sad victim of some sort.
Like in this headline from 2007 – Two years after their split that used a picture of her fixing her glasses as a way to prove she was still heartbroken and pining for Brad:
Look, a divorce is hard for anyone, there is no denying she went through hell and back during the time of their split. BUT, this was two years after all that. This is a strong woman we are talking about, yes she probably had moments of disappointment when she thought about it, but I guarantee she was not still in bed crying at night about the dumb guy who didn’t recognize the incredible woman he had when he had her. His loss, and at this point she probably owned that narrative.
Fast forward another three years, and tabloids still made headlines about her previous marriage:
And then there are the HUNDREDS of covers saying Jen is pregnant or even worse – pregnant, alone and of course, sad:
Here we are in 2018, Jen has gone through another divorce, and again the tabloids paint the picture of a weak woman who can’t keep a man and is left sad and alone:
Aniston opened up about this trend in her September cover story of InStyle Magazine.
When asked what the big misconceptions about her are, Jen responded “the misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.” Going on to say that the many articles that call her sad and heartbroken are wrong.
“With all due respect, I’m not heartbroken,” she told the magazine. “Those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors.” Shooting down these rumors, Jen alluded to different medical and emotional traumas she’s gone through to build a family and that society has labeled any woman who doesn’t have kids as “damaged goods.” She then brings up a very real point that should be very obvious – women are good for more than just giving birth. She said, “Maybe my purpose on this planet isn’t to procreate. Maybe I have other things I’m supposed to do?” YESS, GIRL!
What do you guys think of Jen’s cover story? Do you think that because she opened up about her life, tabloids will finally give her a break? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending!