Bill O'Reilly Says Single Parents Are Destructive to SocietyCarolyn Castiglia
Well, not exactly. But since when has Bill O’Reilly ever cared about the truth?
O’Reilly reportedly slammed Jennifer Aniston for comments she made while promoting her upcoming film, The Switch, in which she plays a single woman seeking a sperm donor.
US Weekly quotes Aniston as having told reporters, “Women are realizing… that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child. Times have changed and… 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.”
Nothing too edgy there. It’s not like Aniston burned her bra, tattooed the symbol of Venus on her chest and declared a war on men. But that’s what good ol’ Billy would have you believe.
“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,'” he told his FOX News audience. “That is destructive to our society.”
O’Really, O’Reilly? Give me a break. Aniston didn’t even remotely suggest that 12- and 13-year-old girls don’t need Dads. Pamela Paul suggested Dads might be overrated in her essay, Are Fathers Necessary?, and studies have proven that children raised by lesbians fare better than most. But Jennifer Aniston? All she did was try to pimp her movie.
FOX News anchor Gretchen Carlson (who I met once briefly at a March of Dimes event), says Aniston “is glamorizing single parenthood.” Now, I know most everything said by pundits on FOX is all just part of the show, but this is seriously ridiculous. Jennifer Aniston doesn’t know anything about single parenthood, much to the chagrin of the throngs of people who have hounded her for years about when she’s going – if ever, at this point – to have a baby. (Which, by the way, resulted in a very funny Saturday Night Live sketch.) Her comments do not glamorize single parenthood; they don’t even advocate single parenthood. She simply acknowledges single parenthood as an option for women who have either not found a suitable partner with whom to have a child or who want to remain single for whatever reason.
You know who glamorized single parenthood? Angelina Jolie. Remember the 2002 photo taken of her and Maddox just kicking back in a giant bed? The one where she’s perfectly coiffed wearing skin-tight gray pants tucked into RIDING BOOTS (with her feet up on a white duvet!) and a perfectly ironed, stain-free white blouse? That glamorizes single parenthood. My version of single parenthood looks more like me, in underwear and an old tee-shirt, unshowered, sitting at the computer while my child entertains herself at my feet in last night’s pajamas. In other words, not glamorous at all.
I would venture to say that most single parents did not intend to be single parents, and some will not stay single. (Single Dads – call me!) I understand O’Reilly’s comments were meant to denigrate those that choose to be single parents, and to those parents, I say more power to you! Because seriously: you’ll need it. Parenting is hard, and if you’re doing it alone, you deserve to be commended, not chided. Boo on you, Bill O’Reilly! It’s clear to me that you’re the one setting a bad example here.