Monica Lewinsky has thrown some subtle shade at actress after the Friends star criticized her as being 'famous for doing nothing' while blasting internet celebrities for 'diluting' Hollywood.
Although Lewinsky, 48, has yet to issue a response to the 53-year-old's claims, she made her feelings on the matter very clear when she 'liked' a tweet which criticized stars who have 'demeaned another woman's past' despite claiming to 'preach empowerment'.
In the tweet, which was posted in a lengthy thread about Lewinsky's role in pop culture - and the way in which her name has been used by dozens of singers and rappers of the years - user @ernestsewell hit out at 'hypocrites' who have bashed the former intern over the years.
'Even @ , Ms. Female-in-Power (who I do love and enjoy) used Ms. Lewinsky's name in a song about... well, something. For women who preach empowerment to demean another woman's past [and] drag her out for the sake of it looks really hypocritical.'
In another tweet, the user pondered: 'I wonder if @lizzo asked Lorena Bobbitt to use her name & her violent actions, the way hundreds of rappers & comedians use @MonicaLewinsky 's name as a pejorative, forgetting the actual woman behind it; who has feelings, a spirit, their own mental health to maintain, and dignity.'
Lewinsky was famously at the center of a sex scandal with then-President Bill Clinton in 1998 after his two-year sexual relationship with the then 24-year-old intern came to light.
Lewinsky's online activity came as Aniston began facing furious backlash following comments she made about the ways internet stars find fame in modern society, with angry fans accusing the star of trying to ‘gatekeep’ the Hollywood elite.
The comments were made during Aniston's sit down chat with Pam & Tommy star , 39, for 's Actors on Actors interview as the pair had been discussed the infamous and Tommy Lee sex tape leak in 1995 which Stan’s Hulu series was based upon.
Aniston stated the leak took place during a period when the internet began to influence society as she mused: ‘It was right at the time when the internet really shaped a new culture about people becoming famous.
‘This thing of people becoming famous for basically doing nothing but yet having these incredible careers. And then women's reputation... I mean — Paris Hilton, Monica Lewinsky, all those.’
Paris Hilton's private sex tape featuring herself and then-boyfriend Rick Salomon was leaked onto the internet in 2004.
Stan replied: 'When you look back at the ’90s, you do see how many things have happened in that decade. Even the O.J. Simpson thing was actually the beginning of 24-hour news.'
The Just Go With It star's comment quickly sparked a furious response from some Twitter users who felt the Derailed star’s reflections about finding fame were ironic due to the fact her parents are late actress Nancy Dow and Days of Our Lives star John Aniston, 88.
One fan tweeted: 'Jennifer Aniston plays the same character which is just a version of herself in every movie and it consistently gives nothing. The only that saves her is she has pretty okay co stars to save as comic relief.. always the NEPOTISM babies with no talent wanting to give their take.'
Another wrote: 'Jennifer Aniston needs to calm down with her opinions when her nepotism got her into the industry and now she continues to make $20million per year just off syndication from a show that ended decades ago.'
'they’re so mad they can’t gatekeep the title of celebrity to stay in their weird nepotism Hollywood elite (sic),' another Twitter user stated.
One fan mused: 'Jennifer Aniston (nepotism baby) not talking about the true injustice to the acting industry (nepotism) and instead pretending the acting profession is degraded when people from all walks of life have the opportunity to become actors based on their own hard work and virality (sic)'
Another added: '“I feel so lucky that nepotism got me in before TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, and other services gave other people the opportunity to be seen. I would have ~never~ been able to compete against such a candidate pool." - Jennifer Aniston, basically'.
However, some fans spoke out in defense of the Marley & Me star claiming she was right to say that internet platforms have allowed influencers to get roles traditionally given to actors.
'She’s not wrong… the early 00’s was revolutionizing. You actually had to have talent,' one person commented.
Another added: 'She kind of has a point though. Trained actors and those just coming out of training have been getting sidelined for influencers with no training whatsoever for a while now. And it’s happening across the board, no matter the race/class.'
Aniston’s parents divorced when she was nine years old, and the actress had an estranged relationship with her father - who initially discouraged her from pursing acting.
In 2012, The Bounty Hunter star told The Hollywood Reporter: 'My dad’s advice has always been: ”Don’t do it. Become a doctor. Become a lawyer.”
'He didn’t want me to be heartbroken because he knew it was a tough business. It compelled me to go for it even harder. Do what keeps you happy, and don’t ever let people box you in.'