Nothing like a good national feud to get bums in seats for a movie for the film's opening this weekend. And this one might have legs. Perhaps Sarah Palin will throw in a comment about how "momma bears" don't use turkey basters and then Jason Bateman might come to his co-star's defense. The possibilities are endless. Bring it!
It all started simply enough. PopcornBiz was at the press conference where Aniston made her comments about single-motherhood innocently, and somewhat tentatively enough in reference to single-woman who now have options when it gets biologically late to have a child. At 41 and famously single, she might know a thing or two about this.
"Women are realizing more and more that you don't have to settle, they don't have to fiddle with a man to have that child," Aniston said. "They are realizing if it's that time in their life and they want this part they can do it with or without that."
A few blog headlines later and Bill O'Reilly made it a full-blown debate when he called Aniston's comments "destructive to our society" on "The O'Reilly Factor," adding that she was "diminishing the role of the dad."
Aniston shot back today, telling People.com that "the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of mature age. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth."
"And of course many women dream of finding Prince Charming (with fatherly instincts)," said Aniston. "But for those who've not found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science provides a few other options."
Not ugly, but certainly bolder and more personal than most would expect from the normally controversy-shy Aniston.
With the ball back in his court, O'Reilly (the other big winner here) will surely keep this debate going with another return shot shortly. Stay tuned. And keep some more champagne on ice over there at Miramax.