Jennifer Aniston sparked mixed reactions after she shared an Instagram story post on Friday showing a Christmas ornament engraved with the message “Our first pandemic 2020.”
The “Friends” actress didn’t include any caption in her Instagram story specifying whether or not the decoration was her own, but her social-media followers appear to be assuming it’s hers.
People seem to be divided over the ‘Our first pandemic’ ornament that Aniston shared on her story
Aniston’s picture of the ornament sparked mixed reactions. Some Twitter users called out the actress for appearing to share a message that seems to ignore the innumerable losses and unprecedented challenges brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“cheers to our first pandemic of 2020, where millions of people died! let’s celebrate that on a Christmas ornament!”
— pacho (@sugemidnight) December 26, 2020
Some seemed to connect Aniston’s Instagram story post of the Christmas ornament with other times celebrities made cringeworthy coronavirus-related social media blunders.
i’ve had enough of rich people….. pic.twitter.com/Ol7418bAVd
— kaz. (@joaquinsjoker) December 26, 2020
why’s jennifer aniston talking abt “our first pandemic” like it’s a baby shower https://t.co/ih1c38K47W
— rai⁷ 🐱🎄❄️ (@Ionelyandgreat) December 26, 2020
“All celebrities have done during this pandemic is show how out of touch and just f—ing oblivious they are to anything that doesn’t have to do with them. Some people’s entire family have died, but at least Aniston is showing how quirky she can be,” one user wrote in response to a @PopCrave tweet of Aniston’s Instagram story.
Other social-media users defended Aniston and her post, pointing out that she’s previously shared Instagram posts expressing empathy toward victims of COVID-19 and urged people to wear face masks and follow public health guidelines.
Twitter users defending Aniston guessed that the decoration was meant to be a joke, or suggested the star didn’t have bad intentions.
I didn’t see it this way. Maybe it’s just a souvenir for the future? Idk if she meant to celebrate
— Me (@Canolanation) December 26, 2020
Some people pointed out that Aniston is not the only one who seems to have a decoration with a similar sentiment.
“Jennifer Aniston isn’t even the first person I’ve seen with an ornament like that this year… one of my friend’s made one that said ‘baby’s first pandemic,'” one Twitter user wrote on Saturday.
Just saw that Jennifer Aniston is getting canceled over a “our first pandemic” ornament? My mom’s coworker gave her one for Christmas everyone here needs to calm down lol
— Justice (@JessFaithMarie) December 26, 2020
As of publication time, Aniston had not publicly responded to the criticisms.
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