Piers Morgan Vs Jennifer Aniston – Body Shaming Vs Self Objectification

Actress Jennifer Aniston set off a storm of social media discussion and received massive praise for a recent op-ed she published in the Huffington Post ripping the tabloid culture of the world’s media.
Her indignant posture stemmed from photos taken of her from an unflattering angle, which were then used as a sort of proof to say she was pregnant. 
In her column, Aniston said that kind of journalism perpetuated the body shaming in society so prevalent against women, and which holds them to an incredible standard of beauty, damaging upcoming youth who feel they have to aspire to that.
“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. Little girls everywhere are absorbing.. the message that girls are not pretty unless they’re incredibly thin, that they’re not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine. This conditioning is something girls then carry into womanhood. 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.” She wrote, beautifully, to some praise.
That’s when Piers Morgan stepped in. The controversial MailOnline columnist has a new piece up, and whilst he punted praise on Aniston for parts of her column, as well as expressing sympathy with her for the horror her life must be living with constant paparazzi presence, he had a few things to quibble with concerning her post.
Morgan, as usual maddeningly infuriating but somehow right, points to Aniston’s own career, and indeed that of many other female celebrities, which consists of magazine covers showing them perfect in all senses. Indeed there might be a problem with what society at large wants, but Aniston and others like her have certainly fed into and profited off of it, and it seems a bit rich to now be worried about self conscious little girls.
“You may want to dismount from that high horse at this point, Jennifer.” Morgan wrote in his column posted Wendesday.
“There’s another reason why the media objectify and scrutinise famous women, and why little girls get confused about beauty and body image.
“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.”
According to him, a lot of work is done on the stars during these photo shoots to “sell a false image of perfect beauty…To sell magazines and to sell the cover star’s personal brand.
“I don’t blame them for the cover-up – who wants to see imperfection if you don’t have to?
“BUT… I do think the least stars like Jennifer Aniston can do in return for the massive financial and career boost these fake covers bring them is to stop pretending it’s all everyone else’s fault that impressionable young girls struggle with their own beauty and body images as a result of seeing perfect photos of Jennifer Aniston.” He emphatically wrote.
So is Morgan being an a**hole as usual, or he’s right with his charge of hypocrisy against Aniston?
You can read both columns in their entirety at the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail.


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