Jennifer Aniston had strong words for tabloid journalists on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, explaining to host Ellen DeGeneres, “We have to stop listening to them, we have to stop buying them because we have to support each other.”
Aniston, who appears in next month’s comedy Office Christmas Party, wrote an essay for The Huffington Post in July to call out tabloids that claimed she was pregnant. “For the record, I am not pregnant,” she wrote at the time. “What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism,’ the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news.'”
Speaking to DeGeneres, the 47-year-old actress reiterated that she was “fed up” by the coverage — especially “disgustingly, objectifying” paparazzi photos.
“I think these tabloids, all of us, need to take responsibility on what we ingest into our brains. Just because we are women, we have a uterus, we have a vagina, we have ovaries, we need to like, ‘Get to work, lady,'” Aniston said, adding, “We, as women, do a lot of incredible things in this world other than just procreate — and not that that is not [incredible too]. But it’s like, we just get boxed in.”
Of the tabloids, Aniston said, “They love the narrative, they love the story, they love the she’s jealous of this person, and she’s depressed, and oh my gosh, she’s never going to have a child. Whatever the horrible little headline is, we’ve just got to break out of that.”
She added, “And women, I have to say, are many of the authors of these horrible articles that are written in these B.S. tabloids. So, we have to stop listening to them, we have to stop buying them because we have to support each other, especially at this time, 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.”
Watch Aniston in a clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show below.