One of the things that irritates me most in current pop culture is the whole “Poor Jennifer Aniston” bit. The tabloids love to throw her on the cover with some sad-sack story about how she’s still crying over Brad Pitt, jealous of Angelina Jolie or just generally pathetically single and desperate. It’s sexist and lame–you don’t ever see “Clooney’s Tears” or “Poor, Lonely Leo” covers.
So, that’s why I was so excited to hear Jen’s finally defending herself a bit in a December Vogue cover story.
On the “desperate Jen” perception, Aniston tells Vogue:
“There is more to me than just a tabloid girl. This whole ‘Poor lonely Jen’ thing, this idea that I’m so unlucky in love? I actually feel I’ve been unbelievably lucky in love. I don’t feel like I’m supposed to be any further along or somewhere that I’m not. I’m right where I’m supposed to be.”
On her relationship with John Mayer, Aniston says:
“People need to mind their own business.” and then, “It’s funny when you hit a place in a relationship and you both realize [that] we maybe need to do something else, but you still really, really love each other. It’s painful. There was no malicious intent. I deeply, deeply care about him; we talk, we adore one another. And that’s where it is.”
She also addresses the whole Angelina issue, expressing her anger at the way Jolie handled her coupling with Pitt:
“There was stuff printed there that was definitely from a time when I was unaware that it was happening,” Aniston says of comments Jolie made to Vogue a year earlier. “I felt those details were a little inappropriate to discuss. … That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.”
Whether you like her or not (I do), you have to agree the constant “desperate single girl” shit is so tired, and I’m hoping this will put a little of that to rest. Knowing the tabloids, it probably won’t, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.