Gwyneth Paltrow: An Open Letter To The Open Letter Lady

Obviously, there are memes everywhere.  Facebook is a bastion of memes for those who aren’t even sure what memes are yet, and if they are any indication, the world will end soon, President Obama is actually the Antichrist (even though GWBush used to be), and Gwyneth Paltrow is a snotty, stuck-up biatch.  It’s this last one that I have a problem with — but only recently, and not because I care about actors or the entertainment industry.  envy

I have no Earthly vested interest in Ms Paltrow’s life, story, success, or impressions upon people.  I don’t even care for Coldplay, and probably would’ve been offended by Shallow Hal if I was as overweight as her character portrayed.  But for the last five (at least) years, she has needlessly been the go-to hated-upon target for those who are not wealthy and want to be.  Who aren’t fit and want to be.  Who aren’t eating well and want to be.  People complain about her acting, her cookbooks, her lack of empathy for “us,” her whatever…what I’m telling you, if you are a hater, is that the envy is ugly on you.

Take this last one, for example:  “A working Mom’s Letter To Gwyneth Paltrow.” (Click the link for the story.)  What better way to tell everyone that they should care about you than to take a woman who works in an industry completely unrelated to yours, and compare it to your own.  The gist of the beef is that this lady who wrote the article (Mackenzie) is complaining about not having millions per year as she commutes on the train to work every day and has to find babysitters for her kids, in defiance of Ms Paltrow’s supposedly “easy” schedule and assumptions of “what it’s really like”.  Like Ms Paltrow never had to work a day in her life, and has absolutely no idea what reality is.  Here’s the quote this lady is butthurt about:

“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,” you said. “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 Paltrow

No really, I mean this honestly:  Is there nothing more productive that you can complain about?  Gwyneth Paltrow is probably not completely accurate with this one-off quote that she probably told to some guy who reports for some magazine, but what the hell would you know about shooting a movie?  Have you ever worked in her industry?  Do you have any idea what it means to relate to her life?  Clearly, the answer is no.  She may not have any idea what it’s like to walk a mile in your shoes.  But obviously you have no idea what it’s like to walk a mile in hers.  So where do you get off throwing bombs at her?

I don’t normally do posts like this (because I couldn’t care less what kinds of problems Hollywood-types bring upon themselves), but I have a real problem with people who rag on others openly just because they have had more success.  If you want that success, go out and find it yourself.  Don’t bitch about it behind the safe, shielded face of your computer screen.

Drawing the ire of the public to someone on grounds no more complicated than simple envy is ugly on you, and speaks volumes to your character.  Knock it off, Mackenzie.

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  1. So true, so true. I do not know what it’s like to walk a mile in her shoes, but I do know what it’s like to be away from home at long stretches. I don’t think I could do my job (flight attendant) if I had small children, even if they were with grandma & grandpa. I see many airline people have to be away from their children for days at a time. (Living the dream) It’s hard to be away from your little ones for a few days a week, let alone a few months a year. It’s also hard to have a relationship when on the road. I understand that this is the life she chose & I’m sure she didn’t have to work to hard to get it, but her statement has some truth to it. I think, secretly, she would live to have an office job. Lol So, people, don’t get your panties in an uproar over somebody who has no impact on your life. Well stated, Jeff.

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