Jennifer Aniston is currently on the cover of InStyle magazine. Her headline reads: Jennifer Aniston Knows What She Wants. Apparently, that’s to stay as safe from the virus as possible, even if that means losing friends, which she says she has. During her interview, the actress says that there have been people in her life recently who either won’t be getting vaccinated or would not tell her whether they were. Since everyone is no longer “all podded up and being tested every single day”, she feels that disclosing vaccination status is a “moral and professional obligation”. The mention of vaccination disclosure as a “professional” obligation makes clear that her rule about being surrounded only by vaccinated people is definitely applying to her work life, but it’s implied that this applies to her personal life as well.
The actress admits that this has been tricky for her. That she feels like everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but those don’t change facts about the virus. The interview makes Jennifer Aniston’s voice sound matter-of-fact about her decision. Regretful, but straightforward in her approach to dealing with the vaccination debate and who she allows in her inner circle. However, she is likely receiving more pushback on this than her words say. There have been a lot of opinions about whether or not to wear masks, to get vaccinated, or to be around those who aren’t. These are all decisions that go about personal health, but also about the health of people around you due to the contagious nature of the virus.
Actress Gina Carano, who was fired from The Mandalorian after a long string of controversial social media posts, has been vocally anti-mask. Her approach is very different from Jennifer Aniston’s. While Gina Carano still shares anti-mask memes, these days, she is also against cutting out unvaccinated people or making people disclose their vaccination status. A recent tweet made clear that she feels this is a matter of respecting other people. Not only will she be around vaccinated and unvaccinated people, but she won’t ask.
Some people, like Gina Carano, find it rude to ask someone else personal medical questions. Other people, like Jennifer Aniston, aren’t willing to put themselves at further risk of catching a deadly virus, and then potentially spreading that virus to others in their own personal circle. In a lot of ways, asking about vaccination status is similar to conversations about STD testing with a partner. It’s uncomfortable, to the point that many people avoid it altogether and hope for the best. Now, though, the conversation is something people are experiencing with anyone they may be in a room with. They’re intimate questions, but something a lot of people are going to want to know so they can make decisions on their own health.
Jennifer Aniston is a high-profile figure. While she’s been in a lot of movies over the years, for many of us, she’ll always be Rachel from Friends. Like how celebrity magazines have articles showing that the stars have to buy groceries and do laundry “just like this”, conversations about vaccination are another thing that being a celebrity isn’t going to excuse her from. She’s having to make pandemic decisions, just like us.