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Jennifer Aniston fans rushed to the actress’ defense after she was called out for sharing a coronavirus-themed Christmas decoration that some felt made light of the pandemic.
In a since-expired Instagram Story, Aniston shared a photo of a circular wooden Christmas ornament that read “Our first pandemic 2020.” USA TODAY has reached out to a representative for Aniston for comment.
Some on social media objected to the post, calling her tone-deaf for sharing the photo while people around the world were suffering. As of Sunday, the U.S. has tallied more than 19 million cases and 332,700 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data.
“Just because u like a celebrity, doesn’t mean u should not hold them accountable,” tweeted @sassy_mel. “I’m sorry but that’s so insensitive to put an ornament saying ‘pandemic 2020’. Innocent lives were lost because of this pandemic. … Do better Jennifer Aniston.”
“cheers to our first pandemic of 2020, where millions of people died! let’s celebrate that on a Christmas ornament!” Twitter user @sugemidnight wrote.
Others pointed to the fact that Aniston was one of the biggest stars this year promoting coronavirus safety, urging mask wearing, donating to COVID-19 relief funds and shouting out to local restaurants to help them stay in business.
“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??” wrote @gaypresaniston.
“Everybody copes differently,” @ImNotFreddy87 added. “Doesn’t mean she doesn’t get the weight of this year. Just means she’s coping with humor. It wasn’t even an offensive saying?”
COVID-19-themed Christmas cards and decorations have offered lighthearted takes on the struggles many have faced this year. Dumpster fires, toilet paper rolls and jokes about living in loungewear were favorite choices. Brittany Sutton, co-owner of the custom sign shop Rustic Raleigh, told USA TODAY in an email that she and her husband were “delighted that Jennifer Aniston decided to decorate with one of our good-natured ornaments.”
“These were designed to spread some holiday cheer (with a rustic flair) during these challenging times,” Sutton added. “Wishing everyone good health and happiness in the coming year.”
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