Gwyneth Paltrow — you have seriously, unconsciously uncoupled from reality. Your comment that your life is so much harder as an actress than it is for moms with ‘office jobs,’ has aroused the wrath of working women everywhere. Now it’s time for you to get off your privileged platform and come back down to earth.
Gwyneth Paltrow — you think that shooting a movie on set for two weeks, once a year, and getting paid millions of dollars, 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.” you told E! in an interview.
Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn’t Have It Harder Than ‘Office Moms’
“I think it’s very 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,” you elaborated.
Really, Gwyneth? So being on the set of a movie where people do your hair and makeup, provide your meals, dress you to perfection, where you have your own personal trailer to hang out in between scenes, and get to work with the charming Robert Downey Jr. or the fun cast of Glee, while your kids are cared for by 24-hour nannies, chefs and bodyguards… that’s a tough gig?
And besides all this, you and your estranged husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, are one of the wealthiest couples in Hollywood and just purchased a new $14 million home in Malibu — that is rougher than the life of a “regular mom?”
Gwyneth, your comments set off a furious firestorm of feedback from those “office job” moms and I can tell you definitely that they would all happily change lives with you. You know that TV show, Wife Swap, where wives of different backgrounds swap lives with each other to see how the other half lives? You need a life swap to consciously uncouple you from your airhead ideas.
Welcome To ‘Regular’ Motherhood, Gwyneth Paltrow
Do you have any clue what millions of those “office job” moms have to do every day to keep themselves and their families together, all without the added help of macrobiotic meals?
Well, Gwynnie, let me, as a working mom of four give you some insight! You’re up at the crack of dawn (even if you’ve been awake in the middle of the night breastfeeding), and you have to somehow get yourself showered and dressed, while also waking up multiple babies and kids, feeding them breakfast, getting them dressed and onto a school bus — all before you make your own race to work.
Ninety-nine percent of moms don’t have a personal driver like you. They take the bus, the subway, the train, or they drive themselves to their offices where very few work just nine to five. Most grind away for 9, 10, or 12 hours, while a huge chunk of their paychecks go to daycare and babysitters. And then they — not a personal chef — have to make dinner, help with homework, do bath time and read to their little ones before falling into bed, completely exhausted. Then they do it all over again the next day and the next.
They don’t have time to detox with your expensive goop tonics, or do Pilates, and they can’t afford your suggested must-have $25,000 spring designer wardrobes from Net-A-Porter. But I’m sure they appreciate your thoughtful suggestions.
Gwyneth Paltrow — You Are Out Of Touch With The Lives Of Regular Working Mothers
At least, Gwyneth, you admit that moms with regular jobs have “challenges,” even if they aren’t as difficult as being on set.
But do you realize that those challenges involve the very basics of life? You may not have noticed, but since The Great Recession millions of moms have lost their jobs, had terrible times finding new jobs, have barely had a raise in years, and may have been cut off from their unemployment benefits and food stamps. Many moms haven’t been able to make their mortgage payments and have lost the homes and savings they worked incredibly hard for. There are moms struggling just to buy milk for their kids.
It’s been a harsh world out there and your condescending comments clearly show how unconsciously out of touch you are with the lives of regular working mothers and their families.
Of course, maybe it’s just so hard to be aware of reality when your working mom BFFs are Madonna, Beyonce, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. They all have tough working mom lives like you. No wonder, Gwyneth, that “office moms” can’t help mocking you.
As Mackenzie Dawson, a working mom from the New York Post, wrote in an open letter to you:
“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 New York City. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra. Yes, thank God we all don’t make just one movie a year — we’d so much rather slave away on no sleep every day.
Gwyneth, I don’t think that the millions of American mothers you’ve offended really expect you to wake up tomorrow with the realization that you’re one lucky woman. But maybe, if you can’t conjure up some empathy for the “regular moms” out there, you can at least learn to keep quiet about your privileges. HollywoodLifers — do you think that Gwyneth has a harder road as a working mother and actress than “office moms?” Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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