ICYMI, Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful letter to the world for the Huffington Post called “For the Record” on Tuesday. She spoke candidly about what it’s like to be objectified by the media, having paparazzi follow you around at every corner to speculate whether you’re “pregnant” or “fat.” It was a call for our society to quit passing down this terrible message to the younger generation that women must be “skinny” to be beautiful and desirable, and married to be considered worthy.
“The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing,” she writes. “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone.”
You can’t help but read it, throw down whatever’s in your hand, and fist pump in agreement. You’ll be happy to know that Melissa McCarthy feels the same way. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Melissa has come forward to shower Jen with support. She too hopes that we get past the point where we’re constantly judging women and valuing them for their bodies, rather than appreciating what they bring to this world.
She admits that she herself, like any other woman in Hollywood, deals with insecurities on the regular. “We all are usually more self-critical towards ourselves. You see every little flaw and think, ‘Oh! I could have done this, I could have done that,’” Melissa says. “But in the end, when I’m watching, I try not to focus on myself because I don’t want to self-examine.”
She’s also going on the record to say she “one hundred thousand billion percent” agrees with Jen. This madness needs to stop! “Everybody needs to stop tearing down women,” the Ghostbusters star insisted. “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.'”
We all have something to learn from Melissa and Jen. They’re beautiful, happy, strong women who aren’t afraid to speak up about the tough stuff. Maybe one day the Hollywood tabloids will listen up.