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PREACH IT! A rare hiccup from Jennifer Aniston's purring PR machine

August 19, 2010 |  3:30 pm
Jennifer Aniston at "The Switch" premiere in Hollywood. Jennifer Aniston is insulted, just insulted, at Bill O’Reilly’s misogynistic take on her new mommyhood movie. But it turns out that Aniston could use a few sensitivity lessons herself.

During a visit to "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Thursday morning, Aniston let slip a word that’s best not used in mixed company.

"You're playing dress-up!" Regis told her. She replied, "Yes, I play dress-up! I do it for a living, like a retard!"

Epic fail, as the kids like to say.

Advocates for the mentally challenged leapt into action, natch.

"Frankly, someone in her position ought to know better," Peter Berns, chief exec of the Arc (a nonprofit advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities), told Us Weekly. "She is using language that is offensive to a large segment of the population in this country.”

At this hour, Aniston has yet to offer an apology, but you can bet it’ll be over our transoms by this time tomorrow.

Angelina Jolie may be the official queen of media manipulation -- that is, if the New York Times still holds any sway over such things. But if anyone really knows how to handle her image in the press, it’s Aniston.

— Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Jennifer Aniston arrives at the premiere of "The Switch" on Monday in Hollywood. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.

Related dispatches from the Ministry of Gossip:

'The Switch' premiere: On the red carpet with Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson [video]

Jennifer Aniston, Juliette Lewis keep it family friendly at 'The Switch' premiere after-party

Barbra Streisand 'very flattered' by Jennifer Aniston's Harper's Bazaar photo shoot

There's more where this came from -- visit the Ministry's Preach It! and Jennifer Aniston archives.

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