Nice mani.Try as hard as you may to like Gwyneth Paltrow, but the woman seems to be on a mission to make you feel otherwise. During an interview with E! recently, Paltrow commented on how she feels that her job as a multimillion-dollar-earning actress is far more difficult than that of the average working mom's, who works out of an office each day.
A snippet of her interview:
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?’ I don’t like to be the lead so I don’t [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing.
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.
People, needless to say, are aghast with Paltrow's woe-is-me-I-have-to-shoot-one-movie-a-year comments. (I meeeaaan ...) And there's been a pretty interesting, pretty hilarious backlash against them.
Mackenzie Dawson, over at the New York Post, delivered perhaps the greatest retort to Paltrow in the form of an open letter to the actress. A portion of it read:
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.
So, Gwyneth, you’ve figured out the secret of working parents everywhere: Livin’ la vida desk job is a breeze compared to the 14-hour days of a film set.
Snarky website The Blemish echoed Dawson's sentiments, but in a more direct way, saying:
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.
And, lastly, Devon Corneal, a lawyer, mother, and blogger for Huffington Post, had some choice words for Gwynnie in her brilliantly titled post, "Goop, She Did It Again":
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.
The feelings are pretty universal in regards to Gwyneth's latest comments: They're rude, close-minded, and completely out of touch with reality. I don't doubt for a second that Gwyneth faces parenting challenges of her own, but saying "traditional" working moms have it so much easier than her? Come on. This backlash is more than well-deserved.
What do you think of Gwyneth's comments?
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