For someone who hasn't done anything truly objectionable, Gwyneth Paltrow seems like she's on a quest to become the most loathed star on the web.
Paltrow, who announced her conscious uncoupling from Chris Martin last week, was swiftly mocked for her seemingly new-agey, elitist take on divorce.
Now, she's raising more eyebrows and inspiring even more ridicule thanks to an interview with E! in which she laments her struggles as a working mom.
"It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because ... for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’" she says.
"I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening."
"When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult."
"I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set," Gwyneth went on, without irony.
Suffice it to say, people already disinclined to like Paltrow are up in arms over complaints about her having to earn $20 million to shoot one movie a year.
The backlash was pretty universal in regards to Gwyneth being rude, close-minded, aloof, out of touch with reality ... however you want to phrase it.
Gwyneth faces real parenting challenges and is allowed to voice those, but ... is she honestly implying that "traditional" working moms have it easier?
Some of the classic responses from the web:
I've learned more about myself being married than anything else. I hate to say, "We've got it worked out," because you never know what's going to happen, but we laugh, we're good friends, we like to do the same stuff.
- Permalink: We like the same stuff.
It's hard being married. You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple.
I definitely have to coax things out of him when we talk. You know, he's British, so it's a different lexicon totally. But you have to communicate. Otherwise there's no relationship.
- Permalink: A lack of communication.
We've gone through some terrible times where it's been really, really hard, but I've sort of come through those times with a much deeper understanding of myself. And we're still married. We worked through it. I think it's easier to get divorced. But I think the more you keep at it, the more you end up seeing the value in it. But man, sometimes it is not easy.
- Permalink: It's not easy.
Sometimes it's hard being with someone for a long time. We go through periods that aren't all rosy. I always say, life is long and you never know what's going to happen.
- Permalink: Sometimes, it's hard...
I'm a very grounded, homey person and Chris is a very mad scientist, genius songwriter. So I never say, "Where are you? You should be home by now." I never place demands on him.
- Permalink: We're a tad different.
"'Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year' is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra. After I get home from work, I’m full of energy and ready to cook dinner using one of the recipes you post on your lifestyle Web site, Goop: slow-cooked kale, pancetta and bread crumbs, anyone? After that, I’ll go to yoga, spend a few hours meditating and maybe do some online shopping, picking up a pair of $350 white leopard-printed short-shorts via Goop in preparation for the 'spring break' I’ll take with my husband and son." - Mackenzie Dawson, New York Post
"Complaining about how hard she has it while romanticizing the lives of working parents with more traditional careers means Gwyneth is either remarkably self-absorbed or deliberately obtuse. There's something dismissive and condescending about her comments. Let me be very clear - and frankly I can't believe I have to say this - there is nothing 'easy' about working a 9-5 job and raising a family. If you have the luxury of working only when you want to, if you can travel the world, have a staff, pay for private school, afford health care and ensure that your children want for nothing, please do not wonder aloud if it wouldn't be easier if you had a more ordinary life. Your life is privileged." - Devon Corneal, The Huffington Post
"Oh, yes. The struggle is very real for Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s not easy being both a mom and an actor who gets paid millions of dollars to play pretend in front of a camera. Not to mention the two week vacations where you have to, ugh, read lines off a script for 14 hours a day. You office moms have it made. You get to pick up your kid in the morning, clock in, clock out and make dinner in the evening day in and day out never having to change your routine for 18 years. So lucky." - The Blemish
LOL. The level of vitriol against Paltrow is a little scary. What was likely meant as a contrast, not a pity party, is no doubt inspiring rancor because it's her.
At the same time, these responses are hilarious, and somewhat warranted considering that the star, who already comes off as obtuse, has $100 million.
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