Jennifer Aniston is putting those pregnancy rumors to rest once and for all. The actress penned a powerful letter on The Huffington Post, explaining why she’s sick of the gossip surrounding her non-existent “baby bump” and you should be, too.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote. “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.’”
“Every day my husband and I are harassed by dozens of aggressive photographers staked outside our home who will go to shocking lengths to obtain any kind of photo,” she said. Aside from the safety hazards that this poses, the actress is also concerned about the implications surrounding paparazzi culture.
“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,” Aniston wrote. “We use celebrity ‘news’ to perpetuate this dehumanizing view of females, focused solely on one’s physical appearance, which tabloids turn into a sporting event of speculation. Is she pregnant? Is she eating too much? Has she let herself go? Is her marriage on the rocks because the camera detects some physical ‘imperfection’?”
The letter comes at a time when the 47-year-old actress is once again battling pregnancy rumors based solely on a bikini photo. “This past month in particular has illuminated for me how much we define a woman’s value based on her marital and maternal status,” she said. “I have grown tired of being part of this narrative. Yes, I may become a mother some day, and since I’m laying it all out there, if I ever do, I will be the first to let you know.”
Celebrities seem to agree. “True words by Jennifer Aniston,” Olivia Wilde wrote on Twitter. Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy addressed the letter in an interview, saying she is “one hundred thousand billion percent” behind Aniston’s call for change.
The Friends star’s husband, Justin Theroux, had his own sweet message for his wife, calling her his “woman crush Wednesday.”
“Here’s just one reason why,” he wrote, linking to her powerful post.
In the words of Aniston’s hubby himself, you “go girl.” Read the full blog on The Huffington Post.