Jennifer Aniston is pregnant… again! So claim the latest tabloid reports. But that’s no surprise. They’ve have reported her with child nearly 30 times over the past several years, including six times with twins. And, Jen, for one, is fed up with it.
Aniston, of course, is childless.
“I am not pregnant,” she wrote in a scathing essay for the HuffingtonPost.
“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,’” she adds.
With that, she became the latest celebrity–but far from the first–to fire back at celebrity magazines engaged in what she calls “the business of lies.”
IM reported last November how a growing number of celebrities, from Taylor Swift to George Clooney, are taking on the tabloids over the steady outpouring of scandalous, or outlandish, stories that invariably prove to be untrue.
But lately some celebrities are going one step further and filing lawsuits.
In some of the more celebrated cases, Tom Cruise sued Life & Style for $50 million for reporting he abandoned daughter Suri after divorcing Katie Holmes.
Soccer star David Beckham sued In Touch Weekly for libel and slander for claiming he had sex with hookers.
And, most famously, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also filed suit against the now defunct News of The World for reporting they had broken up.
More recently, Hulk Hogan won a $140 million judgment against snark Web site Gawker.com for invasion of privacy. And, Dr. Phil just sued The National Enquirer for what he claims are years of false stories.
Lawsuits, however, just seem to be the price tabloids pay for doing business. They haven’t curbed the outpouring of salacious stories that Google promotes on a daily basis, which are nothing more than “click bait.”
Pregnancy stories are part of the stock in trade. IM reported in February a year ago that Katy Perry and Kendall Jenner and other young celebrities had become the new targets of fake pregnancy stories.
Aniston writes that she and husband Justin Theroux are “harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers,” on a daily basis as part of the “insane tabloid ritual” celebrities must go through.
But the issue goes beyond that. She writes:
“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we’re all willingly buying into. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood.”
“I used to tell myself that tabloids were like comic books, not to be taken seriously, just a soap opera for people to follow when they need a distraction,” she added.
“I really can’t tell myself that anymore because the reality is the stalking and objectification I’ve experienced first-hand, going on decades now, reflects the warped way we calculate a woman’s worth.”
“I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat.’”
In the end, however, she says it’s up to consumers to “stop buying the bullshit.”
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