Jennifer Aniston recently shared her gallows humor in an Instagram post. Not everyone found it funny.
The post caused a major backlash on the internet.
Aniston is a relative newcomer to Instagram after having joined the platform last October with this fabulous Friends reunion post.
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She seemed to be doing fine interacting with her IG followers without much controversy.
But a year and 45 posts later, it seemed the Along Came Polly actress struggled to connect to several of her 36 million followers with her recent share on Instagram Story.
She took a photo of an ornament that had the following inscription:
“Our first pandemic 2020.”
Fans were divided over the holiday ornament.
Jennifer Aniston trending because of a Christmas ornament is something I did not expect 💀 it is a weird one tho
— Spill Sesh (@spillseshYT) December 26, 2020
One camp was offended.
They interpreted the inscription as glorifying the global health crisis.
Over 1.7 million people have died worldwide.
Not Jennifer Aniston making a Christmas ornament for Covid 😭
— Asha 🇰🇪🇸🇴 (@xxashuuxx) December 26, 2020
Jennifer please pic.twitter.com/6QasOWCDJD
— A M A A L 🌙 (@amaaliio) December 26, 2020
what was the reason??? plus she acting like we gonna have another one? “our first” miss girl it better be our LAST pic.twitter.com/68zD7lGJfX
— mia (@StarzPeach) December 26, 2020
Jennifer Aniston is a damn fool for posting that ornament on her story… celebrities are ditzy af
— pacho (@sugemidnight) December 26, 2020
While the other recognized Aniston’s brand of humor.
They cited the need for levity during what has been a harrowing year.
Cancelling Jennifer Aniston over a Christmas ornament…… Wow people really are twats. Never heard of using humour as a coping mechanism? pic.twitter.com/NTPBT1oXRL
— self-isolation saves lives (@wurmplepartyhat) December 27, 2020
Yeah, I know right? Jennifer has been advocating for wearing masks and social distancing all year. She’s done this right. I think the ornament is funny because it just adds to this awful year lmao
— Musician (@VioleleG) December 28, 2020
honestly? yes, the pandemic was something very awful to millions but if we keep acting depressing we do nothing but make things worse.
have a laugh, have some fun.. honestly, it affected me & my family extremely harshly but we still try to see the positive in life. 🤷♀️
— 𝐭𝐞𝐚 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧' 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧' (@kellyscorner_) December 26, 2020
Who cares 🙄 it’s funny get over it. We’re all going through this together and sometimes people need to laugh to cope with things
— jamie (@jamiebabie8) December 26, 2020
Ok, the seeking to cancel Jennifer Aniston for THIS is a reach.
— Vanyda Khiev (@VKhiev) December 26, 2020
Mine was a gift. I see nothing wrong with her ornament. I think we can all use a little humor after this year. pic.twitter.com/peYV7Kg5KG
— barbie wolfe ✌️ (@BarbieWolfe) December 28, 2020
In June, Aniston took the opportunity to use her social media platform to demonstrate her advocacy for wearing masks to help slow the spread of infections so hospitals would not be overwhelmed.
The co-founder of Echo Films wrote in a post:
“I understand masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But don’t you feel that it’s worse that businesses are shutting down… jobs are being lost… health care workers are hitting absolute exhaustion.”
“And so many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough.” ⠀
“I really do believe in the basic goodness of people so I know we can all do this BUT still, there are many people in our country refusing to take the necessary steps to flatten the curve, and keep each other safe.”
“People seem worried about their ‘rights being taken away’ by being asked to wear a mask. This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate.”
“If you care about human life, please… just #wearadamnmask and encourage those around you to do the same.”⠀
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Plenty of people supported the actress in light of the controversial ornament photo.
jennifer aniston is constantly shamed by media and now getting backlash for an ORNAMENT lets deal with the actual problematic people, she spent this whole year telling people to wear a mask and you would’ve known that if you actually paid attention to her but people clearly don’t
— nami ♡ (@anistonsgf) December 26, 2020
As an ICU RN I see nothing wrong with Miss Anniston’s ornament post. It is obvious she meant no malice over this and the negative out pour from all of these folks needs to stop. We should be supporting one another not ripping one another apart, especially at this time.
— SheriRobyn (@robyn_sheri) December 28, 2020
The mixed reactions to her post indicate not everyone is ready to see any humor during what is still a period of grief and mourning for many people.
Over 335,000 people have died in the United States—over 18% of all deaths worldwide. In contrast, the USA only accounts for about 4% of the Earth’s total population.