Oh, this should be good.
In an interview to promote her summer comedy “The Switch” – which is
about artificial insemination hijinks – Jennifer Aniston had the
audacity to say, “Women are realizing more and more that you don’t have
to settle, they don’t have to fiddle with a man to have that child.”
Cue the angry traditional family mob, led by their fearless leader, Bill O’Reilly.
]]>Gretchen Carlson says that Aniston’s comments weren’t because
of her movie, which is about a single mother having a child through artificial insemination.
“No, this is about the fact that in her personal life, she’s a
41-year-old single woman who has never been married and probably has
not ruled out the chance of having a baby.”
O’Reilly corrects her, citing Aniston’s Angelina-thwarted marriage to
Brad Pitt. (Everyone seems very impressed that he knows this
super-obscure bit of pop culture knowledge, since it’s so rarely
invoked on the covers of every weekly celebutab.)
Fox News Analyst Margaret Hoover says that Aniston’s character in “The Switch” is “suspiciously
similar” to Aniston herself, because they’re the same age and they’re
both single. Sorry to blow your minds, but this is a romantic comedy.
Of course the heroine is single, and of course she’s Aniston’s age —
Aniston is playing her. We’re not quite understanding the “suspicious”
“Women can have their own kids and not have a husband or not have a partner, but why would you want to?” Hoover continues.
Because everyone knows that raising a child is completely without
reward if you’re doing it on your own? These comments are outrageously
offensive, not only to single mothers, but to their children — many of
whom are perfectly happy and well-adjusted.
O’Reilly says he wants to “be fair about this,” and then he goes on to
say, “She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds
that hey, you don’t need a dad! Dad, eh, you know. That’s destructive
Yes. God forbid that those fatherless 12-year-olds think that they’ll turn out okay!
Carlson chimes in to say that Aniston’s fans
don’t understand the difference “between a 40-year-old woman who is
financially stable, and a 16-year-old girl having a child.” Apparently,
Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Lynn Spears are interchangeable, here. We’re
not sure how Aniston’s relatively basic “women don’t need men to have
babies” statement got twisted into her encouraging teenage pregnancy.
While we agree with O’Reilly’s statement that “any man who leaves their
children is not a man,” we don’t agree that Aniston’s
comments are destructive. We actually think they may even be empowering to some people.
We think O’Reilly and his Fox News friends should meet up with Dan
Quayle for a drink. Preferably at a bar far, far away from our favorite
one. We suggest a nice pub in another country.
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