There were a ton of reactions to the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie splitting up. Most of them were to the tune of “How can I ever go on?” Some were funny. A lot of them had to do with Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt’s ex. You remember, the one he left for Angelina. Though Brad and Jennifer divorced in 2005, people can’t seem to get over it. A disproportionate number of the Internet’s reactions had to do with her:
— Jennifer Gaonach (@JenGaonach) September 20, 2016
jennifer aniston and karma right now pic.twitter.com/287oPnCHm0
— ㅤ (@mymymajestymila) September 20, 2016
I hope Jennifer Aniston is sitting on a beach somewhere drinking a margarita and writing in her journal.
— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) September 20, 2016
There’s a lot more where that came from.
Several years ago this may have been appropriate. There was a time that a “feud” sort of existed between the two women. There was a time that Angelina used to talk about how she and Brad fell in love on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, when he was still married. Aniston famously responded in a Vogue interview saying, “That stuff about how she couldn’t wait to get to work every day? That was really uncool.”
But, it’s been over ten years. She’s married to someone else. But still, in addition to Brangelina and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jennifer Aniston is trending on Twitter. Every time Brad and Angelina do anything, the media wonders how she feels about it. Everyone seems to want to paint her as the scorned woman who has finally gotten her revenge. Fans of hers are coming out of the woodwork to celebrate her, as though Brad and Angelina’s divorce is somehow an accomplishment for her, because people can’t seem to see that she has an existence outside the love life of her ex husband.
This divorce has nothing to do with her. She is a woman with her own husband, career, and life, and Brad and Angelina are a couple, with six children between them, who are getting divorced and have to reckon with theirs. Let’s just let them all do that, independent of each other.
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