The Mommy Wars
Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn’t Care That We All Want To Punch Her In The Face
It is simply not Gwyneth Paltrow‘s problem that the rest of us don’t make as much money as she does. Also, it’s totally fair for even the richest of women to admit that parenting is hard. That doesn’t mean that every mom who isn’t rolling in money isn’t going to want to punch Gwyneth in the face when she talks about how much harder she has it as a movie star mom.
Moms across the land did a collective eye roll when they read Gwyneth’s recent comments about being a movie star mom in an interview with E online:
“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.”
Does she really believe all of the other perks she enjoys as being someone who has enough money to afford things like nannies, chefs, maids and every goddamn thing a person would ever need to help out around the house are trumped by the fact that she has to pull a few long days in Wisconsin? She can’t, can she? This is why we make fun of Gwyneth Paltrow; because although she may be the nicest woman in the world – the words that spew forth from her mouth-hole make her sound like a total asshole.
She’s out of touch with working women. She’s out of touch with moms who have to honestly worry about things like bills and rent and putting food on the table. And so what? There are a lot of celebrities who are out of touch with that. Her lifestyle blog, Goop, certainly makes it clear what audience she’s reaching for; the wealthy. Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t belong to us and she doesn’t want to. I clicked on the first piece of clothing that caught my eye on the “shop” page of her blog. It was a sleeveless white blazer. It’s $595.
There’s a huge void between working women like myself who would be annoyed by Gwyneth’s comments and Gwyneth herself; it’s not meant to be filled. Gwyneth doesn’t give two shits that I think she comes off like an out-of-touch asshole. Her best friends are Jay-Z and Madonna. I’d rather hang out with them, too.
We don’t have to give Gwyneth a break, but we can certainly stop expecting for her to act like the average mom. She’s not. And I doubt she wants to be.
(photo: Getty Images)