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Fake News: Jennifer Aniston Did NOT Say She And Other Celebrities Made A Pro-Trump Company Named 'Celebrities For Trump'

  • by: Molly Weisner
  • (Sun, 29 Dec 2019 10:50:37 Z)

Did Jennifer Aniston say she joined other celebrities to make a pro-Trump company called 'Celebrities for Trump?' No, that's not true: this is an old hoax that dates to at least October 27, 2017, in a post by dailynewsposts.com that, among other claims, fabricated a company using the celebrity's name. Since then, recent versions included quotes attributed to Aniston and other celebrities that were either not said or were taken out of context to suggest the clothing line was to gather Trump support and beat back anti-Trump Hollywood sentiment.

The original claim is no longer posted, but it resurfaced in an article (archived here) where it was published by Apparent Politics on Nov. 17, 2019, under the title "Jennifer Aniston: 'I and all the Trump supporter celebrities decided to make a pro-Trump company named "Celebrities For Trump.'"

It opened:

Jennifer Aniston: 'I and all the Trump supporter celebrities decided to make a pro-Trump company named 'Celebrities For Trump,' which will fight against all anti-Trump celebrities, I think President Trump needs our support.'

Another Trump's celebrity supporter, Tim Allen, discussed the hypocrisy of Hollywood liberals, who he noted constantly complained about Trump being a "bully," but now are the ones doing the bullying of the tiny minority of Trump supporters who work alongside them.

'What I find odd in Hollywood is that they didn't like Trump because he was a bully. But if you had any kind of inkling that you were for Trump, you got bullied for doing that. And ... it gets a little bit hypocritical to me.'

Screenshot of https://apparentpolitics.com/1116-2/

There is no evidence of Aniston saying she is collaborating with other celebrities on a pro-Trump brand. The story has been debunked many times, but it is again circulating on the web among fake news sites. The original seems to date back to October 27, 2017, as it pulls content from a story originally posted by Gossip Cop around the same date. The oldest mention of the story on Twitter, which is still available, also dates to October 27, 2017.

But the Apparent Politcs version has been changed significantly from a dailynewsposts.com post, which was the oldest known version of the story. The Apparent Politics story includes quotes from Tim Allen and Zoe Saldana. It also doesn't even mention Aniston's faux clothing line partnership, saying only that Aniston said she was making a "pro-Trump company named 'Celebrities for Trump.'" Earlier versions claimed that Aniston was teaming up with Sheryl Crow for a HSN clothing line.

Both the old and new versions of the story are still circulating. The Apparent Politics version has been picked up by other fake news sites, including magnanewspapers.com, USA Top Alert News and NYC Post, among others. But foxnewstips.one, for example, still hosts the old version.

Some other sites have since taken down their posts.

The quote from Allen was said on Fox News on November 21, 2016, in response to how he felt his colleagues in Hollywood criticized Trump for being a bully, but would then villify those who support him. Here's the clip:

Zoe Saldana, also quoted in the story, was taken out of context, as well. She said, "We got cocky and became arrogant and we also became bullies."

The sci-fi star told this to AFP in January of 2017. But Saldana, not a supporter of Trump, said this to mean that Trump's opponents incensed those who supported him winning the office, and that the "bullying" of Trump during the campaign risked turning off much of middle America.

Her quote continues:

We were trying to single out a man for all these things he was doing wrong... and that created empathy in a big group of people in America that felt bad for him and that are believing in his promises.

We have written about apparentpolitics.com, which is hosted on the same IP address as dozens of others of fake news websites. Here is our most recent article that mentions the site:

About the author:

Molly Weisner.jpgMolly is a staff writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories based in North Carolina. She is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying media and journalism, with a specific interest in investigative reporting. Molly is also a reporter on several projects based out of UNC's journalism school, including another fact-checking initiative and an online weekly for a former news desert in Chatham County, North Carolina. Molly has also pursued freelance reporting in tracking the juvenile justice system in North Carolina.

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