What’s Bill O’Reilly got against Jennifer Aniston? The popular Fox News commentator slammed the Hollywood darling for her comments about wanting to be a single parent. During yesterday’s ‘Back of the Book’ segment, O’Reilly discussed Aniston’s latest comments with the ‘Culture Warriors’, Gretchen Carlson and Margaret Hoover. Jennifer Aniston recent told People Magazine “Women are realizing more and more, knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have a child.”
Now, in context, Aniston is making the rounds promoting a new movie where she plays a single mom who gets pregnant through a sperm bank and learns years later that her best friend switched the anonymous sperm sample with his own. Yes, this is a ‘comedy’. So needless to say, Aniston, who is 41, single and without children herself, is obviously going to comment on the subject and do so sympathetically.
Of course, Culture Warrior Bill O’Reilly will have no part of this! He believes the message she is sending 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.”
Bill goes on to point out that while Aniston is wealthy enough to hire plenty of help in raising a child, most people are not. He says “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.” Bill adds that while some man do avoid their responsibilities, and are wrong for doing so “But the fathers that do try hard are under-appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston.”
Gretchen Carlson agreed with Bill on Aniston, that “She is glamorizing single parenthood.” Margaret Hoover attempted to draw the distinction between the plight of unattached 40-year-old women and teenage girls raising children as single parents. Hoover also had to correct Carlson, who said Aniston had never married, when in fact she once was married to Brad Pitt.
So what do you think? Did Bill O’Reilly slam Jennifer Aniston too hard for her remarks? Is he just an over-the-hill fuddy-duddy whom should wake up and smell the 21st Century? Or is he Bill right and Aniston is indeed a dangerous threat to our civilization?