jennifer aniston on the years of sexism she’s encountered in the entertainment industry

“Why are we teaching young women this? It’s incredibly damaging.”

by Alim Kheraj
14 August 2017, 4:00pm

Jennifer Aniston is fed up with institutionalised sexism in the entertainment industry and she's officially hitting back.

The Friends star gave an interview with Vogue where she ruminated on her frankly incredible career, including whether her role as Rachel Green on the beloved sitcom would have made her the OG advocate for #FreeTheNipple.

The actor, who is joining Reese Witherspoon to produce and star in a new TV drama that, hopefully, will be just as incredible as Big Little Lies — the miniseries Reese executive-produced — also spoke about the incessant discussion around celebrities, their bodies, and their personal lives.

"The problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns [are] taking the human body and putting it in a category," she said. "They're either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It's a weird obsession that people have and I don't understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them? Why are we teaching young women this? It's incredibly damaging."

Jennifer explained that this was, in part, what inspired her to write an EPIC op-ed for The Huffington Post last year, in which she expressed her exhaustion over the constant speculation about whether or not she was pregnant and the open discussion about her figure.

"I was finally like, this has just got to stop! I couldn't hear this narrative anymore about being pregnant or not pregnant; you have no idea what is going on personally in our lives and why that is or is not happening," she told Vogue. "In my own brain, I've shifted my perspective, so who gives a shit! If you're going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you're not at the weight you want to be—you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!"

Ultimately, Jennifer said, you have to "tune out the noise", before adding that she hopes that, despite people's addiction to it, celebrity gossip would be cease to exist. As she says, it could happen. "Who ever thought Donald Trump would be the President of the United States? I didn't. I can't predict squat anymore."

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