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Why Jennifer Aniston Taking a Stand Against Bill O'Reilly Criticism Matters

August 16, 2010

[caption id="attachment_9800" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jennifer Aniston's character and son in "The Switch""]Jennifer Aniston's character and son in "The Switch"[/caption] Actress Jennifer Aniston has been taking the time during press rounds for The Switch, her upcoming movie about a woman's decision to use a sperm donor, to voice her support for those women who pursue alternative reproductive options such as artificial insemination and sperm donors to create their families. "Women are realizing it more and more, knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child," she told press last week. "Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere." Though Aniston's intentions were clearly family-affirming and centered on values he often claims to champion, pundit Bill O'Reilly took the statement as an opportunity to deride both Aniston and single mothers at large. O'Reilly blasted Aniston on his "Culture Warriors" segment for "throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don't need a guy, you don't need a dad," calling her public support of single parenthood "destructive to society." The ensuing roundtable over the comments (below) attempted to link Aniston's comments to "glamorizing" single teen mothers and her own single status at 41 years old, finally concluding that she was "diminishing the value of two-parent households" and derogatory to fathers everywhere. Though Aniston could have easily left the attack alone and remained in good public standing, she instead chose to bite back by issuing her own strong statement to
"Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth. And, of course, many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts), but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options."
Aniston is to be commended for standing her ground against fire, recognizing that fire as unfounded and using her platform as a prominent celebrity to support alternate family options.  Her decision to further support her initial remarks rather than backpedal or back down in the matter of modern motherhood is one that needs to be applauded as the stand that it is. Aniston should be commended instead of reprimended for both holding her ground against O'Reilly's outrageous remarks and publicly supporting those women who choose to create less conventional, but by no means less valuable, families. You can watch the Bill O'Reilly "Cultural Warriors" segment below, and then let us know what you think!