Melissa McCarthy just gave Jennifer Aniston’s impassioned opinion piece for The Huffington Post the thumbs up, saying that “everybody needs to stop tearing down women.”
Jennifer Aniston wrote a scathing op-ed on Tuesday in response to the pregnancy rumors that started coming out of the woodwork after recent photos of her went their rounds on the internet.
“I resent being made to feel ‘less than’ because my body is changing and/or I had a burger for lunch and was photographed from a weird angle and therefore deemed one of two things: ‘pregnant’ or ‘fat’,” Aniston wrote.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” the 46-year-old Friends actress wrote.
“I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body-shaming that occurs daily. If I am some kind of symbol to some people out there, then clearly I am an example of the lens through which we, as a society, view our mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, female friends and colleagues. The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
“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 is something we’re all willingly buying into,” Aniston added.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Gildafest ’16 in New York City on Tuesday, McCarthy said that she agrees with what Jennifer wrote “one hundred thousand billion-percent,” adding that “everybody needs to stop tearing down women” based on their appearances.
“Everybody needs to stop tearing down women,” said the Ghostbusters star. “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.”
“It’s a ridiculous thing. I just hope it gets to the point where it’s embarrassing for people to have such a shallow thought,” Melissa added.
McCarthy admitted that it’s tough for her not to scrutinize herself, especially when she sees herself on screen. That said, she learned to downplay her insecurities.
“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,’ she said. “But in the end, when I’m watching, I try not to focus on myself because I don’t want to self-examine.”
McCarthy has another good reason not to feel insecure about herself as Seven7 Designs has presented her with the Gilda Radner Award for Innovation in Comedy at the Gildafest ’16 event.
Melissa McCarthy has been slaying it lately, especially on the Ghostbusters press tour, where she was seen rocking a flowery frock dress that she designed herself.
During the ET interview, Melissa said that she prefers wearing clothes that “invoke the mood” and make her feel good and comfortable. Her daughters, Vivian and Georgette, also made major contributions as to what she’s been wearing at red carpet events.
“My oldest daughter made three different prints for me. They’re very, very much involved and they have never been short of opinions for me!” McCarthy said.
Melissa McCarthy and her Ghostbusters co-stars appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 8. Wearing a smart-looking black-and-white patterned jumpsuit from her collection, she was her usual hilarious self on the show’s special game night episode.
McCarthy stunned yet again by rocking a patterned tea length skirt with a pink blouse when she promoted her new movie at BBC Radio 2 on June 17. She paired the pink number with white lace up sandals.
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