Melissa McCarthy stands behind Jennifer Aniston and the powerful op-ed on body-shaming that she penned for the Huffington Post. "Everybody needs to stop tearing down women," the star told Entertainment Tonight at the Ghostbusters premiere in Los Angeles. The actress added that she is "one hundred thousand billion percent" in support of Jennifer's claim that women in Hollywood should not be judged based on their looks.
"It's a ridiculous thing," notes Melissa, who is one of four female leads in the reboot of the hit 1980s science fiction movie. "I just hope it gets to the point where it's embarrassing for people to have such a shallow thought."
In the op-ed piece that hit the Internet on Wednesday, Jennifer addresses the "absurd and disturbing" scrutiny that women are exposed to by the media.
"For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up," wrote the star in an essay titled 'For The Record'. "I'm fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of 'journalism', the 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news'."
The actress, who was the subject of pregnancy reports just a few weeks ago, said that while "addressing gossip is not something I have never done", she wanted to write the post because she is not on social media.
Jennifer and Melissa are the latest A-listers to speak out about body shaming. Everyone from Chrissy Teigen to Lady Gaga to Kim Kardashian and Amy Schumer have voiced their frustration over unwanted criticism they have received from others.
Most recently, 19-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz sent a powerful message to her critics in a series of Twitter posts.
"When will people hiding behind computer screens get tired of calling someone 'fat' or 'masculine' – does it make you feel good typing your hateful comments? Does it fulfil you in some dark way?" she tweeted, adding, "Sit back before you fire away commenting ignorant things and imagine the real HUMAN BEING you are commenting about."