Bill O’Reilly Calls Jennifer Aniston ‘Destructive to Society’

Jennifer Aniston’s new movie The Switch may seem like a harmless comedy about a woman deciding to have a child on her own, but according to Bill O’Reilly, it’s actually a blight on American society.

“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 on ‘The O’Reilly Factor.’ “Jennifer Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, 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. The fathers that do try hard are under appreciated and diminished by people like Jennifer Aniston.”

Then, in what was either a challenge to her or a ploy to try and get her on the show and boost his ratings, he said “”If she wants to explain, she can get her butt right in here.”

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This was in response to Aniston discussing her film last weekend, saying “I think, more and more, women know they don’t have to settle, they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child. I think they’re realizing that if it’s that time in their life and they want this part that they can do it, with or without that. I think it’s just happening more and more. And people aren’t having kids in their 20s. Times have changed, and that’s also what I think is amazing is that we do have so many options these days as opposed to in our parents’ generation when, if they were told, ‘You can’t have children,’ or ‘You waited too long,’ that’s it. Your only option was adoption. I think it’s about finding that person that means something and not settling. We know a lot of single people happy as a lark, I know a lot of married people pretty much not as thrilled as they would like to be.”

She was challenged by a reporter who believed that having a child without a husband is a selfish decision, and Aniston disagreed. “I just don’t see it that way. I just don’t. The point of the movie is what is it that defines ‘family’? It isn’t the necessarily 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. It’s saying it’s not the traditional stereotype of what family, as a society, we’ve been taught. It’s evolved. I don’t think it’s selfish, I think it’s actually quite beautiful because there are children that don’t have homes that can have a home and be loved, and that’s extremely important.”

“It supports what’s currently happening in our world today that we, as women, have the choices and options of when or how to have children as we’ve evolved as a society,” she said about The Switch. “I’ve learned something from every character I’ve played. Especially in this case, the women in my life who have gone through the struggles and heartbreak and frustration of fertility and adoption and all of that. I think that’s why it jumped out at me so immediately, the connection to it, because I thought it was something very timely and progressive that hadn’t been really discussed. To have a love story woven through it was beautiful. And it’s hysterical, I think.”

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