One of my favorite words is the German “Schadenfreude”, meaning pleasure derived from another’s misfortune, like laughing when an obnoxiously speeding driver is pulled over by the cops. It definitely came to mind this week in the waves of Jennifer Aniston memes circulating post Brangelina Breakup such as this:
[For those who aren’t up on celebrity scandals circa 2005, Aniston was married to Brad Pitt for five years when he left her for Angelina Jolie, and it was *the news* of the time.]
Now, I love Jennifer Aniston, and a big part of that is because of how much I love Rachel Green, the relatable spoiled princess–turned–hardworking–single–mother she plays in the uberfamous “Friends.” Rachel is also incredibly gifable, especially when it comes to reaction gifs:
Now, I also love Angelina Jolie, mostly for her humanitarian work and dedication to her family. Her relationship with Brad Pitt may have dubious origins, but with him she has co-parented six children for ten years.
Their children: Maddox (14), Pax (11), Zahara (10), Shiloh (9), Knox (7) and Vivienne (7) are facing an incredible familial transition as their parents’ divorce is reduced to a Aniston-centric meme on twitter.
Personally, I find the public “Rachel Green GifFest 2016” response pretty insulting to the grieving family, and even Jennifer Aniston, who has voiced her frustration with the media’s continued failure to move on from her failed relationship with Pitt despite having spent the last ten years apart from him.
If anything, Aniston could probably sympathize with Jolie (though I’d totally understand if she didn’t have any empathy for her), as Jolie faces what will be a highly publicized divorce and perhaps becoming the “World’s [New] Single Lady.” Seriously, that’s how the Daily Beast described Aniston in her marriage announcement.
Speaking of which, JENNIFER ANISTON IS MARRIED and so everyone tweeting about the possibility of Brad Pitt getting back together with Aniston are totally insulting the commitments she has chosen to make with her life and rather dismissive to the man she has chosen to spend it with.
So, instead of reminding everyone that once upon a time Brad Pitt cheated on Jennifer Aniston, and the media dragged her through the mud for it, can we focus on the terrible reality that two people are dealing with most likely the worst break up of their lives and six children are left dealing with the fallout of their parent’s marriage?