If I were a generous, good-hearted person, I would have seen Gwyneth Paltrow's appearance on Chelsea Lately earlier this week and realized, gosh, I had her all wrong—under that well-preserved veneer, she's really just a down-to-earth, occasionally foul-mouthed mom like me.
Instead, since I am a cynical jerk, I watched Paltrow's perfectly lipsticked mouth form the word cunt—to wildly appreciative applause from the audience—and thought, Well, that's one way to address your image problem.
Look, I know we tend to give Gwynnie a hard time, but dropping the C-word on television had a purpose, and like everything she tends to say, it came out just a little bit wrong.
After Handler and Paltrow bonded over the fact that they both called their grandmothers by the German term Mutti, Handler described her Mutti as "a real bitch." Paltrow then took it to the next level, saying, "MY Mutti was a real c**t."
I think it's clear that Paltrow is highly aware of some of the criticism she's been receiving lately in response to her cooking/singing/lifestyle expert-ing, and she's trying to make herself more relatable. As she said recently to Ladies’ Home Journal,
[The biggest misconception about me is] that I’m uptight. There’s nothing uptight about me! I’ve got this ice-blonde reputation and that’s just not me.
Of course, she went on to clarify how she's just like anyone else who happens to be totally famous,
I do silly things in public all the time, like hosting Saturday Night Live, or I’ll go out with friends and have a good time.
So what do you do when half the world thinks you're a bit of a ridiculous snob? Well, you can refer to your grandma as a c-word, but even if she WAS a total c-word, it still sounds a little ... off. Kind of like many of her other choice quotes. For instance:
Gwyneth Paltrow on beauty:
Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me.
On diet and exercise:
Then, my son points to my fat tummy and then I step it up. I think it's just about knowing that you have the power to look however you want ... Every woman can make time -- every woman -- and you can do it with your baby in the room.
On childhood nutrition:
I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup.
On how Europe is more refined than the U.S.:
We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art, and literature -- all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, "Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you're wearing?" and I thought, I can't stay here. I have to get back to Europe.
On keeping it real:
I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.
Honestly, I don't think Paltrow is a bad person, I just think she's one of those people who has a poorly-functioning filter between her brain and her talk-hole. Which is fine, because frankly, it makes her a little more entertaining to those of us who like her just fine in movies, but don't really give a rip about her cooking, singing, or lifestyling.
Did Gywneth's potty mouth change your opinion of her (for better or worse)?
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