Jennifer Aniston said she was against cancel culture. The actress, who gave life to Rachel in "Friends," appears in the third season of "The Morning Show," the Apple TV Plus series that became popular within the #MeToo movement. However, her statements to The Wall Street Journal contradicts part of the spirit that raised the fiction in its first batch of episodes since she assured "she is so over" people banning artists for past actions and said that not everyone who makes a mistake is like Harvey Weinstein:
I’m so over cancel culture. I probably just got canceled by saying that. I just don’t understand what it means. Is there no redemption? I don’t know. I don’t put everybody in the Harvey Weinstein basket.
The actress talks about the former American producer who is serving 39 years in prison after being accused by several women of being a sexual predator. However, although Aniston assured that she never have any unpleasant encounters with him, she told WSJ, that she did request that there be someone present with her if she knew that Weinstein was coming to visit her:
He’s not a guy, you’re like, ‘God, I can’t wait to hang out with Harvey.’ Never. You were actually like, ‘Oh, God, OK, suck it up.’ I remember actually, he came to visit me on a movie to pitch me a movie. And I do remember consciously having a person stay in my trailer.
'The Morning Show,' Jennifer Aniston's series that defends the #MeToo movement
The statement is surprising when you consider that Jennifer Aniston is one of the producers and protagonists of "The Morning Show." And this is the series that not only served for Apple to premiere its streaming platform, but became one of the fictions that defended vigorously the #MeToo movement.
In fact, its first season begins when Aniston character's partner, host Mitch Kessler, is fired from the show after being accused of sexual misconduct. But the actor brought to life by Steve Carrell reappeared in the second series, shocking viewers. However, for Aniston, it was a story they needed to address in fiction since, Aniston assured The Hollywood Reporter in 2021, an accusation like that can end a person's career:
What happens to a Mitch Kessler? There’s such varying degrees of unthinkable and unforgivable actions. But, what is it that happens? Do they just disappear off into the ether? Do they never get a job again? Is there room for redemption? Is there room for self-reflection and forgiveness? Are these inherently evil people?
The third season of "The Morning Show" returns to Apple TV Plus on September 13. The series will once again feature Jennifer Aniston, Reese Weatherspoon and Steve Carell.