When Jennifer Aniston says something, she has to accept the reality that it may be completely misconstrued or misquoted, taken out of context, or repeated until nothing exists on this planet except for cockroaches and Peeps. That's just how it is. So, of course, ears perked up when she shared how she feels about Kim Kardashian in photographer Kevin Mazur's new documentary $ellebrity, which chronicles what it's like living in the public eye and features other A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Salma Hayek, Sheryl Crow, and Elton John.
So what did one of Hollywood's most bankable stars have to say about Kim, one of Hollywood's most controversial reality stars? "There's nothing wrong with Kim Kardashian and all those people. If that's how they choose to make a living, more power to them." Uh huh ... But she was quick to add, "My line of work is different. I want to entertain people." Sounds a wee bit passive-aggressive to me!
Because while that is all well and good that Jen's "line of work" has to do with entertaining us, how exactly is that different than what "Kim Kardashian and all those people" are doing? Isn't reality TV -- and all the bells and whistles that go with it, the tabloids, the product lines, everything Kardashian-branded, etc. -- entertainment, as well? Isn't it just a different form of entertainment than what Jen does?
I rarely defend Kim, because I do believe she's ridiculous, and it's absurd that we're catering to someone like her who, as Oprah pointed out, is devoid of a solid TALENT and is basically famous for, well, being famous (and a sham marriage and a sex tape). But at the same time, I'm all about being open-minded and realizing that plenty of people are entertained by Kim and Co. Just as -- or maybe even more! -- entertained than when they watch Wanderlust or Just Go With It or Friends. Not to mention that, hey, Kim gets points for being a cultural phenomenon. For better or worse!
Ultimately, Jen wasn't being (all that) judgmental and probably really does have a "live and let live" attitude about the Kardashians. But on the whole, I don't think legit actresses like her "get" someone like Kim. They didn't sign up to have cameras following them around 24/7, and they couldn't possibly understand why someone would. But obviously plenty of people have chosen that path -- and that's okay. To each their own.
What do you think of Jen's thoughts on Kim? Do you think she "gets" the Kardashian phenomenon?
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