Friends had its fair share of running gags, just like any other sitcom, but one of its most popular ones was completely unintentional: Rachel's nipples, which were visible through her shirts in multiple episodes. Fans noticed in the '90s, and Jennifer Aniston's breasts became one of the show's most talked-about aspects.
Now that Friends has experienced a newfound popularity thanks to #Netflix, fans are once again sharing their thoughts on the subject through social media:
There are also entire Tumblr posts, Twitter accounts and Reddit threads dedicated to Rachel's nipples... So yeah, like I said, they're quite popular.
But have you ever wondered how #JenniferAniston feels about that? Well, we finally know.
Jennifer Aniston Is Proud Of Being The Original 'Free The Nipple' Advocate
As surprising as it may sound, Friends fans have used Rachel's example to support the increasingly popular hashtag, #FreeTheNipple, a global campaign focused on removing the taboo of women showing their nipples. During a recent interview with Vogue, Aniston was asked what she thought about being the original (if unintentional) advocate for the cause. Here's what she had to say:
"Yeah, I don't know what to say about that! It's just one of those things, I guess. I wear a bra, I don't know what to tell ya! And I don't know why we're supposed to be ashamed of them—it's just the way my breasts are! But hey, OG, I'm not going to complain!"
That was classic Aniston humor right there — and it felt like how Rachel herself might answer. I loved how Aniston took the opportunity to tackle the taboo that women have to face when it comes to their bodies, because as hilarious as her response was, she opened the door for a bigger conversation regarding media scrutiny.
Jen's All About Positivity
Aniston is no stranger to media scrutiny, and the focus on her breasts is a prime example of that. Fortunately, she's tackling the problem head on. Last year, the actress stood up against media bullies twice, first when dismissing her seemingly ever-present pregnancy rumors through a powerful editorial for The Huffington Post, and again a few months later, when she called out the media for its objectification of celebrities and the damaging effect that comes for the general public.
Springing off of her comments about her nipples, Vogue asked the former Friends star whether she felt anything had changed since the release of her editorial. Sadly, she doesn't think so, and she had a great explanation for why:
"I think the problem is the tabloids and the gossip columns taking the human body and putting it in a category. They're either fat-shaming, or body-shaming, or childless-shaming. It's a weird obsession that people have and I don't understand exactly why they need to take people who are out there to entertain you, and rip them apart and bully them? Why are we teaching young women this? It's incredibly damaging. I was finally like, This has just got to stop!"
She makes a great point. #Celebrities are just people, and their spotlight-heavy job isn't an open door for people to obsess on their lives. ssues like these won't go away overnight, despite how much we'd love to, but celebrities standing up and speaking out is a major help.
Aniston continues to be one of the most influential celebrities of our time, so it's amazing to see her taking the steps necessary to change people's mindset about stars while also crafting a healthy image for her followers.
What do you think about Jennifer Anniston's response to Rachel's nipple controversy? What do you think about her comments about the media obsessing with celebrities and their lifestyles? Let me know in the comments!