Melissa McCarthy Supports Jennifer Aniston's Essay About Body Shaming: 'Everybody Needs to Stop Tearing Down Women'
After Aniston addressed ongoing pregnancy rumors in a scathing essay titled “For the Record,” McCarthy has called for society to “stop tearing down women.”
“Everybody needs to stop tearing down women,” the Ghostbusters star told Entertainment Tonight. “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 the last time we saw her.’ ”
McCarthy, 45, added that she’s “one hundred thousand billion percent” with Aniston’s call for a change in the way women are judged in Hollywood based on the way they look.
“It’s a ridiculous thing,” she said. “I just hope it gets to the point where it’s embarrassing for people to have such a shallow thought.”
But even McCarthy is the first to admit that it can be hard to resist self-scrutinizing, especially when one is constantly photographed or seen on screen.
“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, adding that she’s learned not to focus on her insecurities. “But in the end, when I’m watching, I try not to focus on myself because I don’t want to self-examine.”
In Aniston’s essay, the actress asserted that women “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.”
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Her essay comes less than a month after rumors swirled that Aniston, 47, was pregnant after paparazzi pictures surfaced from her vacation in the Bahamas with husband Justin Theroux. Reports claimed that Aniston had a “bump” in the pictures, which were taken of her in a bikini.
“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.’ ”
The Mother’s Day star urged readers to help put a stop to the “objectification and scrutiny” all women go through. “The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” she explained.