Yesterday saw the latest flare-up in what’s apparently a nearly two-decade war between Roseanne Barr and writer Jamaica Kincaid. As Roseanne tells it, Kincaid resigned in protest when then-editor-in-chief Tina Brown invited Barr to guest-edit an issue of the New Yorker in 1996, which is why Barr now considers Kincaid a “repugnant classist.” We didn’t know the two women had even heard of each other, let alone hated each other, but it turns out plenty of famous people have beef, and not just Kanye and Taylor Swift. Here are some of the most unexpected celebrity conflicts, from authors to actors to everything in between.
Jennifer Aniston vs. Bill O’Reilly
A feather-light rom-com isn’t typically the object of conservative ire, but infamous Fox News host Bill O’Reilly deemed Jennifer Aniston’s 2010 flick The Switch “destructive to society” for its portrayal of a woman having the nerve to try to have a baby without a husband (Aniston’s character opts for artificial insemination). How dare she, right? A few days later, the Friends star took the high road and politely explained that O’Reilly’s ideas about
pretty much everything childbearing were a wee bit outdated, declaring, “Women are realizing it more and more, knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child. Love is love and family is what is around you and who is in your immediate sphere.” You said it, Jen.