Jennifer Aniston wants women to take a stand against sexist media: “We have to support each other”

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Kayleigh Dray

It’s official; Jennifer Aniston continues to be the feminist hero that women everywhere deserve.

Just a few months ago, the Horrible Bosses actor penned a powerful op-ed for the Huffington Post, in which she savaged tabloids for their sexist narrative. “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” she wrote. “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.” 

Now, in a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Aniston has explained that she was inspired to write the piece – published back in July 2017 – after paparazzi swarmed her at the airport after a holiday with husband Justin Theroux. All of them were desperate to know whether or not she was pregnant, based on a photograph that had been taken of her while she was wearing a bikini.

Friends star Aniston, 47, has now called upon women everywhere to join her in taking a stand against media misogyny.

“All of us, need to take responsibility on what we ingest into our brains,” Aniston told DeGeneres. “We as women do a lot of incredible things in this world other than just procreate.”

She also says everyone – women especially – should stop buying tabloid magazines, as, in doing so, they are simply funding the patriarchy.

“We have to stop listening to them, we have to stop buying them because we have to support each other, especially at this time,” she said. “We need to love each other, to support, and to be proud of women whatever your choice is in life.

“It’s up to us what makes us happy and fulfilled.”

Meanwhile, in a separate interview with Chelsea Handler, Aniston revealed that she is very keen to return to the small screen.

As Friends fans have been calling for the Central Perk gang to reunite for years now, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Aniston is intending to reprise her role as Rachel Green. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth.

However, the actor has a very good reason for wanting to do “something for Netflix and television”; they offer far more in terms of empowering female roles.

“Television is where it’s at,” she said simply. “I really do believe that the shows are more interesting, there are more opportunities for women.”

However, correcting herself, she did allow that there is one movie genre which allows women to be strong – quite literally.

“I mean, unless they want you for a superhero,” she said. “But that just hasn’t come down to my email inbox.”

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When asked if she would like to join the Marvel or DC Comics franchises, Aniston said that she would be “psyched” – although it was difficult to tell if she was being serious, particularly when she began explaining what sort of superhero she saw herself playing.

“I would want to be the really uncoordinated superhero,” she said. “I couldn’t take myself seriously if I was leaping out of somewhere dressed in a leather something.”

Aniston added: “I don’t know what I just described – maybe that was Halle Berry?

“She could do this for the rest of her life, I guess.”