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!


Really she pays people to watch and take care of her kids. She's no where to take care of them. These stars wouldn't know what to do if they had a real job and people didn't cater to their every needs. She has no room to talk about any mother working 9-5 or in an office. At least we come home to our kids and show them the way real life is. She's so dumb


This ugly, ole plain Jane needs to shut up. Who cares how hard she works... It would be a waste f f her tie and effort if she depended on me watching her movies as wouldn't waste my time. Saw her in one a long time ago and that was enough for me. Go away....... Paltrow.


Id like to know how many personal assistants Paltrow has, and is she under some strange assumption that every housewife has one?
I understand that at times, being on a set and be demanding and inflexible...however, its not like that's her life 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year.
Plus, she actually can CHOOSE to work, unlike the rest of us.

@ Uncle+Cracker

I agree with you. She makes enough in one movie to take a few years off to raise her kids. But no she has to have a big million dollar house and a bunch of cars. Not to mention they can't wear regular clothes like normal people. I can go on she just makes excuses like the rest of these stars that have kids and don't take care of them. Why do you think most of their kids turn bad.. Just to get attention from their parents cause they feel alone.


Gwenth just has a knack for putting her foot in it. Sure she wasn't dishing women who have 9-5 jobs.

Janet aurilia thompson

oh, get over it, she has a job that requires her to travel, and that may not be an excuse, but when you can't be home at the appropriate times, it's always hard to balance your life. everyone makes their life what they want it to be, and sometimes it just plain hard.

@ Janet Aurilia Thompson

I know people that travel to work. And they all take care of their kids and don't pawn them off. Either the husband or wife has the kids. What a hard job she has... Yeah right. And for you agreeing with her your just as stupid.


Mackenzie Dawson has said it all! Gwynnie has had an unconscious uncoupling from reality. Nothing more to say.


Hit this publicity hungry/egocentric silko where it hurts her most. Refuse to buy any magazine with her photo on the cover, boycott her movies as well as her guest appearances on the talk shows that love to feature her - like Ellen, Lettermen, Fallon. This might give her time to to bavk to school and take care of her kids!


Does any of this surprise you?? Apple and Moses weren't enough to convince you she was wayyyyyy out there? Ask her children how they feel about the uncoupling?? She is so self absorbed what with her naturalness crap, exercise and cleansing nonsense she is as far removed from the average working Mom as one could be. Just to make those statements indicates she is in her own world. Lets see how quickly there is a new man in her life. That will answer everything..


pst: the 'bottle'is her best friend these day's.

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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.

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It's hard being married. You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple.

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