Wednesday, August 11, 2010

O’Reilly vs. Aniston

Bill O’Reilly is none-too-happy with Jennifer Aniston over her comment that women don’t need men to start a family.

From the story –
When Bill O'Reilly caught wind of her bold statement, he debated the topic of single motherhood on 'The O'Reilly Factor' and called out the 41-year-old actress. "She's 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.' That is destructive to our society," O'Reilly railed.

Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson debated alongside O'Reilly admitting young teens won't be able to differentiate the difference between a 40-year-old woman and a teenager raising a child as a single mother. "She is glamorizing single parenthood," Carlson said.

In 'Switch,' Aniston plays a woman who elects to take on life as a single-parent through artificial insemination. During the movie's press conference in L.A., the actress admitted "times have changed" and women don't need to rely on men to be good mothers.

"Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child," Aniston said. "They are realizing if it's that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that."

O'Reilly called out the actress, deeming her message inappropriate. "Jennifer Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her. But she can't hire a dad. Dads bring a psychology to children that in this society is under emphasized. Men get hosed all day long in the parental arena," he ranted.

"Any man who leaves their children is not a man. Let's make that perfectly clear. But the fathers that do try hard are under appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston," he continued.

I have to admit that I am a bit torn on this because I think that both O’Reilly and Aniston have very valid points. The fact is that there are a lot of terrific single mothers doing excellent jobs raising their children. That having been said, Aniston’s comments are the kind that could be very misinterpreted and misunderstood by some impressionable young ladies. To that, I do not believe that all kinds are mindless robots that blindly follow whatever celebrities do and say, but there are some who will not understand the context of these statements. Also O’Reilly’s point about underappreciated fathers is a legitimate one. While there are a lot of scumbag “dads” out there, there are tons of wonderful, loving fathers that just don’t get their due respect.

I’m not sure that Aniston’s comments qualify as something that is “destructive to our society” (in fact I’m sure they don’t) but they probably could have been worded a bit better. That having been said, no matter what she said someone would pick the one or two lines that he/she disagrees with and run them into the ground. Gotta love our media environment.

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