Despite criticism of her by British commentator Piers Morgan, many film, TV and music personalities on Wednesday applauded Jennifer Aniston for her editorial that decried tabloid culture and the objectification of women.
“I agree one hundred thousand billion percent” with Aniston’s sentiment, comedy star Melissa McCarthy told “Entertainment Tonight” at the “Ghostbusters” premiere in Manhattan on Tuesday. “It’s always about how a woman looks,” McCarthy said. “It’s like, ‘He’s very interesting,’ ‘He’s a good writer,’ ‘She’s looking older than she did last time I saw her.’ . . . I just hope it gets to the point where it’s, like, embarrassing for people to have such a shallow vibe.”
Aniston’s husband, actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux, backed his wife, posting a link to her editorial from his Instagram page. “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed tweeted, “Wowza! Everyone should take a second to read this incredibly powerful Op-Ed written by Jennifer Aniston.” Actress Katee Sackhoff lauded the “beautifully written” essay, as did Jason Bateman, Sophia Bush, Margaret Cho, Matt McGorry, LeAnn Rimes, Jennifer Saunders, the music duo Tegan and Sara, Olivia Wilde and others.
“True Blood” star Anna Paquin took issue with Morgan, who on the website of the British tabloid the Daily Mail agreed with many of Aniston’s points but lambasted her and other “female stars” who “perpetuate the myth of ‘perfection’ by posing for endless magazine covers which have been airbrushed. . . . Why? To sell magazines and to sell the cover star’s personal brand.” He defended paparazzi whose “photos of these cover-girl stars without all the airbrushing” are “merely ‘setting the record straight’ in time-honoured journalistic fashion.”
Paquin responded, “1. We aren’t actually given the option of not being photoshopped; 2. You’ve never been subjected to this kind of bullying.”
Model and TV host Chrissy Teigen engaged Morgan in a vitriolic Twitter exchange, with Morgan calling her “my little bundle of hypocrisy” and advising her to “hush before your sanctimonious spleen bursts. . . . Your husband’s a genius,” he said of singer John Legend, “so I forgive your childish impudence.”
Teigen responded, “My husband thinks you are one of the most misogynistic, condescending morons on the planet but thank you.”