Celebrities are applauding Jennifer Aniston’s candid words on the tabloid scrutiny surrounding female stars.
In a powerful open letter published on The Huffington Post, Aniston addressed the ongoing media speculation about her personal life and appearance.
“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,” said Aniston.
The actress’s husband, Justin Theroux, shared a rare photo of his wife declaring her his “WCW” with a link to her essay.
“Everybody needs to stop tearing down women,” said the “Ghostbusters” actress. “It’s always about the way we look ― saying, ‘He’s very interesting,’ ‘He’s a good writer,’ ‘She’s looking older than she was last time we saw her.’ It’s a ridiculous thing. I just hope it gets to the point where it’s embarrassing for people to have such a shallow thought.”
Celebs like Olivia Wilde, Nikki Reed and Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui took to Twitter to voice their support for Aniston’s words.
Controversial journalist Piers Morgan criticized Aniston’s essay, telling her to “dismount from that high horse.”
“It’s this: female stars like Jennifer Aniston deliberately perpetuate the myth of ‘perfection’ by posing for endless magazine covers which have been airbrushed so much that in some cases the celebrity is virtually unrecognisable,” Morgan wrote.
Chrissy Teigen, who often spars with Morgan on Twitter, was quick to jump to Aniston’s defense.
The support for Aniston’s essay shows she is clearly not the only celeb who has felt the negative effects of tabloid scrutiny.
Here’s hoping that more people continue to speak out and allow us all to see the importance of building women up instead of tearing them down.