Gwyneth Paltrow "Working Mom" Comments Spark Outrage, Amuse Crap Out of the Internet

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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.

Seriously. Justin Bieber is a punk who gets arrested and sued every week, and Chris Brown beat Rihanna into a coma, yet they have more fans than she.

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:

"'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.

Do you agree? Share your comments below!


I'm standing up for Gwyneth. I was in the theatre for 18 years. I loved it but I left because of the pressures. Show business puts crushing pressure on your family life and the emotional toll his hugh. I've learned that unless you are personally involved in film or theatre you will never understand this fact. It's like no other job on earth. What she said is absolutely correct. I've had office jobs, factory jobs and service jobs. Theatre was harder than them all. It's like the army, except they shoot at you with words instead of bullets.


I really cannot understand how celebrities or rich people can complain and make us broke people feel sorry for them although they have more money, power, freedom, etc. than we do. Gwyneth has no good excuse to nag and so. She is rich, wealthy, and grown. She can choose the type of life she wants. It is all up to her and not her ex-husband Chris Martin or anyone else.


That Gwyneth Paltrow is nothing but a stuck-up, ice-princess and has-been B-I-T-C-H who needs to go away...FOREVER!!!!! Stupid, shallow and clueless woman!!!!!


So completely and utterly ignorant. She needs to spend a day in the life of a working mother who works paycheck to paycheck. When she has wake the kids up, get them ready for school all while making their breakfast and lunches for the day, bring the kids to school, pick them up, do homework, projects, cook, clean, laundry, grocery shop, chauffer them to whatever activities they do all while working she won't know what hit her. Oh and try and fit in a social life and working out….and affording all of it. Until then she just needs to shut her mouth.


Maybe she should marry fellow whacko Justin Beeber.


Yes, she can't take care of her kids, but she has all kinds of time to have affair's and cheat on her husband! What a bitch! My wife is the greatest!


What a twat...I travel out of state regularly and I miss things with my children and it's hard... it's hard for any Mother to miss events in their children's lives regardless of income or what job you work...IT'S HARD...because you're making a movie it's harder? Makes no sense to me every child wonders where there parent is if they miss something regardless of whether they are a famous actress or they ate working an office job. What I'd say is probably HARDER is trying to pay for someone to care for your children when you're working a "regular" job with an average income and don't have millions of dollars at your disposal to provide them with a team of nannies to cater to their every whim... This broad needs to check herself and her elitist attitude


What a dumb bitch I don't have kids but she is so out of touch ....cry me river lady!!!!!!


Wow. My nanny has the day off and the maid called in personal driver can't pick me up so I have to provide transportation for myself. Cry me a river why don't you? Can you even imagine all the support that ignorant woman has and probably doesn't appreciate it. I am a small business owner that has successfully raised 2 children without any assistance from anyone other than my husband. I challenge Ms. Paltro to a day in the life of a real working mother and I'm sure she'd make it about an hour. That woman is delusional at best.

@ Dawn

So right on!!!


Im not a wife or a mother and I don't claim to be. But coming from a perspective or a child (or previous child) I think that is one of the stupidest things that could ever come out of her mouth. She can't really compare the two since she has not experienced one. Honestly, my mom has a "desk job" and its extremely hard! Sometimes she works late and misses dinner, sometimes I don't see her at all at night, she sometimes has to work week ends and she goes on businesses trips. If Paltrow really thinks her job is harder and she's missing time away from her kids...stop working. At this point you have enough money to not be working any more. And if you don't wanna be a "housewife/housemom" excepted less movie or tv jobs that will take you out of the country or state so you wont have to be away from your kids or god forbid get a "desk job". To be honest, she choice this life for herself. She has know right to complain about it because every job is hard and if your feel this much want to stay with your kids then stay with the. Plenty of celebrity moms manage it not to mention the "real" moms who have to mange work, house chores and there kids schedule all without the help of a nanny or cleaning lady.

@ Pilar

If a celebrity was asked to trade places with someone who works at a dead-end job, that celebrity might decline or say "Yes" hesitantly.

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