On a recent episode of Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly condemned actress Jennifer Aniston for her recent comments about single motherhood. "Women are realizing more and more," Aniston said during a press event for her film The Switch, in which she plays an unmarried woman who gets artificially inseminated, "that you don't have to settle...[you] don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child." Her remarks, said O'Reilly, are "destructive to society," particularly young teens, and diminish the role of good fathers. Excuse me, but Aniston didn't say "that men are irrelevant or that being a single mom is a walk in the park," says Tracy Clark-Flory in Salon. She simply meant "that women have options these days" — a "terrifying" concept, I know. Remember, says Lesley Savage in Entertainment Weekly, "it’s Bill O'Reilly's job to make a lot of noise," and accusing Aniston "of diminishing the role of the poor, 'underappreciated' dad certainly accomplishes that." Watch the clip:
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