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In Defense of Gwyneth Paltrow

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To be clear, I’m not a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow.

In my opinion her best works were Seven and Royal Tenenbaums. She doesn’t contribute anything artistic or inspiring to any field of entertainment in which she’s involved. She’s a shining example of American nepotism and the media’s stick figure projection of beauty.

It’s easy for the every-woman to hate on Gwyneth. It’s too easy, because her life seems too easy. Especially when we have alternate examples of beauty (Kim Kardashian’s curves) and success through hard work (Beyonce) as opposed to one’s last name.

Still, Gwyneth Paltrow is just a woman. She’s just a mom. She’s just another famous person who seems too content with life – despite her recent split. She seems well adjusted, grounded, and not easily flustered or phased. She seems confident. She also seems simple, and naive – a bit like Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette.

Apparently, it’s Paltrow’s turn to be dragged through the media’s mud trough. Months before she announced her split with Chris Martin there were rumors that Vanity Fair’s editor was gunning for Paltrow, and had initiated some expose on her infidelity. Vanity Fair denied it. But if the editor really did have it out for Paltrow the good news for him is the rest of the media took the bait.

Leave it to Fox & Friends to chop and screw a recent quote where the actress says being a regular mom and working 9-5 is easier than her job.

First of all, even in that context, she could be right. There’s a reason working class people are working class people and that reason is they don’t take risks, they don’t push themselves to the fullest of their potential. At least when you decide to make the working class your path you’ve got the assurance and security of knowing that the hell you choose doesn’t ever drop too low. You won’t ever get higher than where you are, so your fall won’t hurt as much because you are the backbone of America – never mind if you have none. You’re right where you belong.

Second of all, at least working moms with 9 – 5 schedules get to eat breakfast with their kids, and tuck them in at night. Working on movie sets often require 14+ hour days, and travelling. When I stumbled upon the Fox’s picture instigating caption this morning I hadn’t even read Paltrow’s interview yet and I could deduce what she meant:

“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.”

Look, ultimately who cares right? Gwyneth Paltrow is blond, famous, thin, and wealthy. She’s got it good. Obviously, her life can’t possibly be hard in any way.

What I don’t understand about media outlets that focus on celebrity culture is why they create targets, throw rocks at them, and then continue to beat the horse – just for sales. It’s a cheap business model in every sense, and ultimately when you look at the success of programs like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Duck Dynasty* or the success and longevity of magazines like Vogue, and Vanity Fair you realize that the media doesn’t have to be a giant fucking cunt to make money. Then it kind of makes you wonder, why are they mass producing and promoting consistent hate and vitriol?

 


*both programs are intentionally produced with the idea of promoting family values, regardless of public perception of either family.

Post Originally Published: March 28th, 2014

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