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O'Reilly, others blast Jennifer Aniston's defense of single motherhood




Jennifer Aniston is in some hot water over remarks she made at a press conference for her movie Switch on Sunday. It seems the megaconservatives didn't care for her remarks that women don't need to settle for any old man just to have a baby, including Bill O'Reilly. Imagine that, celebrities and the right wingers getting into arguments.

"Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a  man just to have that child," Aniston said Sunday. "Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents’ days when you can’t have children because you waited too long." Switch, of course, is about a woman who gets artificial insemination.

O'Reilly was livid, using his show The O'Reilly Factor to debate the pros and cons of single motherhood. What is this, a 1992 plotline from Murphy Brown?

"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 said of the 41-year-old.  Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson got in the act, too, accusing Aniston of "glamorizing single parenthood."

But wait, it's not just the conservatives. Fox quoted Lynda Powell of the Bethel Foundation, a nonprofit that supports single moms, as saying, “Jen needs to come back to the real world of where the average, everyday mother does not begin to make the money to provide adequately for her children."

Well, when you make double-digit millions playing the exact same character in romantic comedies that fail big-time at the box office, you don't need to worry about that. Meanwhile, the only reason The Juice* cares is because we're waiting for the inevitable announcement that for Jen, art really does imitate life.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 3:16pm]


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