Gwyneth Paltrow has been the subject of not just one, but two, open letters this year. What is it she keeps doing that riles up the public so much?
On May 27 Gwyneth Paltrow put her foot in it. Again. This time Paltrow has come under fire for comparing reading mean tweets about herself to war. Because the two things are totally on a level with one another. Paltrow said: “You come across [online comments] about yourself and your friends, and it’s a very dehumanising thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it…My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
Gwyneth Paltrow finds reading mean comments about her "dehumanising"
For a second let’s ignore how thoroughly disconnected Paltrow is from reality and focus on what it is she’s actually said. It makes little to no sense. She seems to have plucked out the conclusion that once someone has fought in a war they can look back and think, “Oh, well that’s all OK, because it defined something.” Once they’ve figured this out, they can move to the next level of conscience. Basically, WTF?
Well, we’re not the only ones thinking that exact thought. Green Beret Sergeant First Class Bryan Sikes has written an open letter to the Iron Man actress, in which he says, “I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on Twitter…has written a mean word or 2 about you.”
Sikes continues, “You know what is really ‘dehumanising,’ Miss Paltrow? The fact that you’d even consider that your life as an “A-List” celebrity reading internet comments could even compare to war and what is endured on the battlefield.”
This isn’t the first time that Paltrow has received an angry open letter in response to one of her thoughtless comments. Earlier this year, after comparing life as a Hollywood film star with that of an office mother (a job she considers far easier and less time consuming than her own), Mackenzie Dawson published an open letter in the New York Post, sarcastically saying, “Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year.”
Paltrow responded with her own post on her website GOOP, entitled "Mommy Wars," which was, put simply, even further off the mark than her original statements.
The actress has been the subject of not one, but two, open letters in 2014
It’s these eloquent retaliations from informed people that Paltrow should fear far more than the mean comments that “dehumanise” her. They truly bring to light the sheer ignorance that comes from speaking before really thinking.
Rather than some long-winded response on GOOP why not try apologising for your comments and admitting you were wrong and have no idea what you're talking about? That may be the best way to end "War Wars."
Suddenly a troll or two ain't lookin' too bad, hey, Gwyn?