Jennifer Aniston branded 'destructive to society' after saying women don't need a man to have a child
13th August 2010
Jennifer Aniston has lost a friend in right-wing news pundit Bill O'Reilly.
He's said she was being 'destructive to our society' for saying that women don't need to wait for a man to have a child.
The 60-year-old Fox News TV rottweiler lashed out on his show at the remark by the 41-year-old actress.
Aniston told a press conference for her new film The Switch: 'Women are realising it more and more knowing that they don't have to settle with a man just to have that child.
'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 have waited too long.'
O'Reilly acknowledges that there are bad dads out there.
'And any man who leaves their children is not a man,' he says.
But he says Aniston is being unfair to the good fathers.
'Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad, OK? And Dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, I believe, under-emphasized. I think men get hosed all day long in the parental arena.'
In The Switch, Aniston plays Kassie, a single woman who is desperate for a baby and decides to have artificial insemination to fall pregnant.
Her best friend Wally (Jason Bateman), who is in love with her, drunkenly switches the donor sperm with his own, and doesn't tell her.
Speaking at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Aniston said she still wishes for a family of her own.
'Yeah, I have said it years before and I still say it today,' she said. But will she turn to the 'turkey baster' method, like Kassie?
'I don't have plans on that, no,' says Aniston. But speaking to the media recently, she hinted 'I'm on the verge of it in some way... it's something I long for.'
People magazine quotes Jennifer saying, 'the point of the movie is what is it that defines family? It isn't necessarily the traditional mother, father, two children and a dog named Spot.
'Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere.
'That is what I love about this movie. It is saying it is not the traditional sort of stereotype of what we have been taught as a society of what family is.'