With her viral message to COVID-19.

By Tara Gonzalez
Updated May 12, 2020 @ 4:45 pm
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There is no right or wrong way to feel right now. There’s also no right or wrong way to describe how you feel right now. But it’s also generally hard to put any emotions about the pandemic into words. Jennifer Aniston — style icon, actress and wordsmith — came close, though, with her most recent Instagram. The caption reads: “Dear Covid...⁣ You can kindly F@!k off now thank you BYE.” This poetry is accompanied with a single middle finger and her iconic orange cargo pants from the ‘90s.

Whenever I read a sentence with the words “corona” or “virus” or “COVID” or even “19” my mind wanders and suddenly I’m in a panic spiral filled with images of hand sanitizer, face masks, and my dry, dry hands. This, though, was different. After looking at this TBT photo Jennifer Aniston graciously decided to remind us of, I threw both my middle fingers in the air. Yeah! She’s right, I thought. Covid can go kindly F@!k off.

The photo isn’t just cathartic though. It’s therapeutic. It reminds us all of a time when things were simpler. When Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were still together and she wore those bright orange cargo pants on repeat with a rib tank top that exposed just enough of her midriff and carried a cell phone with an antenna. Sometimes she paired the look with teeny tiny sunglasses because, you know, the future was bright back then. Now it’s blinding and those tiny specs wouldn’t do anything. Although I guess they would look nice over a face mask.

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Aniston’s post clearly struck a chord. In the comments section, Oprah Magazine named her president. Lisa Kudrow, Ashley Benson, Michele PFeiffer, Naomi Campbell, Julianne Moore, and others all sent along a flurry of approving clapping emojis. The famous paparazzi photo has withheld the test of time but it tastes extra sweet this time around. Coincidentally, neon and cargo pants are also trending. It’s as if Aniston knew what 2020 would be like all along.

So while there is no right or wrong way to feel right now, a right way to cope may be to just buy an Aniston-inspired pair of cargo pants. If we all flip off COVID from a distance while wearing a pair, maybe it’ll get the gist. Then all we’d need is for Aniston to put those iconic orange cargo pants back on and for Brad Pitt to give her a call. Then nature will have certainly healed itself.

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