'I Am Not Pregnant, I Am Fed Up': Jennifer Aniston Shuts Down Body-Shamers

Date February 12, 2018

When Jennifer Aniston joins Ellen DeGeneres on her show, it’s always fun. They chat, make jokes, or discuss some burning questions, like the return of the Friends on the TV screen.

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It all started when the TV host noted a funny fact: Jennifer is still clapping her hands, making a sound similar to the clapping in the legendary show. And, when asked if there is any tiny possibility it would come back, Aniston said that anything is possible.

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But not all topics are as pleasant as this one. The star has also never been shy discussing body-shaming issues as she is the victim of objectification.

Losing patience

Wherever Jennifer goes and wherever she appears, aggressive photographers are constantly trying to take any kind of photo, be that a public event or even in front of her house. Yes, every day, the actress and her husband are harassed and endangered by dozens of paparazzi. And now, Aniston’s patience has come to an end.

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Less than two years ago, the Friends star actress wrote an open letter to The Huffington Post, in which she answered the most popular questions about her life. In her address, the celebrity touched on the topic of her pregnancy by saying that she was fed up with all the hype surrounding her family.

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.

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Shutting down body-shamers

By trying to find out whether Jen was pregnant or not, the press often indicated that childless women are incomplete. As she is clearly the example of how the society perceives women based on their family and maternal stats, the 48-year-old is outraged by such scrutiny and objectification. After all, there are other important topics that deserve much more attention, such as mass shootings or forest fires.

Here’s where I come out on this topic: we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child.

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Rumors about the actress’ pregnancy arise from time to time once a year or even more often. It's incredibly hard, but it’s even harder to react to congratulations from friends and colleagues. In her letter, Jen answered the main question of whether she is going to be a mom someday. And the answer is may be, but she will be the first person to tell about it.

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.”

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Unfortunately, even now, the star believes that nothing has changed as the media coverage and gossips remained the same. And the change is possible only when the public switches its attention from fat-shaming, body-shaming, or childless-shaming to something more important.


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