Jennifer Aniston Dragged Online For ‘Our First Pandemic’ Christmas Ornament
No one told her life was gonna be this way.
Friends star Jennifer Aniston came late to the internet, only launching her Instagram in late 2019. As of the weekend following Christmas 2020, however, she’d be forgiven for having second thoughts, since she now knows what it feels like when your fans flip on you for putting one foot wrong.
Aniston posted an Instagram story on Christmas day that featured a beautifully-made wooden ornament with a pretty unfortunate legend: “Our first pandemic 2020.”
As of December 27, 2020, the novel coronavirus pandemic has killed nearly 330,000 Americans. While record-keeping from 102 years ago was notoriously inaccurate, this still puts COVID-19 on a path to eclipsing the death toll from the 1918 Spanish Influenza pandemic, which killed nearly 650,000 in the United States alone.
So naturally, Aniston’s Insta story did not go over well online.
"We're just like you!"
Jennifer Aniston displays 'Our First Pandemic' Christmas ornament https://t.co/CgiXLxwXyG
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) December 27, 2020
why's jennifer aniston talking abt "our first pandemic" like it's a baby shower https://t.co/ih1c38K47W
— rice⁷ 🍃 (@agustdidas) December 26, 2020
Jennifer Aniston’s Coronavirus Christmas Bauble Isn’t Getting Good Reviews she expected. Showing how out of touch with reality 53 yes old is. Such an intensity post to post to her followers. Showing no respect to pandemic victims and their famalies. #boycottJeniferAniston pic.twitter.com/IfDnkUyvZI
— .Judy. (@judyju18) December 26, 2020
Then again, Aniston has been an icon since the 90s and she has a considerable fandom. Many could not tolerate her getting roasted for one misstep and came to her defense.
jen aniston was one of the few celebrities that used her platform to ask people to support small businesses all around the US during christmas eve (while others were busy posting their fancy dinners) and she really got hate over ONE ornament? what??
— sofi (@hereforaniston) December 27, 2020
Fact is, the pandemic is ongoing and getting worse in many places with the emergence of new coronavirus strains in the UK and South Africa that are more easily transmitted than the first pathogen scientists identified in early 2020.
Jennifer Aniston has never been known for being particularly controversial, so it’s likely this will blow over completely. But there’s a solid lesson for everyone in her experience: It’s still too soon to find much humor in anything related to COVID-19.