Why are we looking to Gwyneth Paltrow for Empathy?

98% of people hate Gwyneth Paltrow. I don’t actually know this to be fact but I’ve came to that conclusion after watching coverage from the past week of Gwyneth’s comments to E! News that people who work 9-5 gigs and moms don’t have the same kind of stress that GP does as an actress. I know you’ve seen the quote but here it is:

“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.”

When I first read this quote I actually didn’t think GP was trying to be dismissive of mothers or people who work 9-5 jobs. I actually thought she was making the point that what she does is a different kind of stress, and that everyone has challenges but hers are just more demanding in her mind. Did anyone else read it that way? Anyone? Apparently not because the internet exploded. 

Bloggers, websites, and morning shows, ranted, posted, and wrote letters to Gwen (all of which she’ll never read) proclaiming how she’s out of touch with real life and is lacking empathy. So here’s my news flash…of course she’s lacking empathy! She lives in a bubble. A world filled with personal trainers, having sex with Brad Pitt, and the insane willpower to eat 2 tbsp. of brown rice in the morning and only green tea for the rest of the day. How many of us 9-5ers can relate to that or even want to? Not me. 

So I decided to come up the Gwyneth Paltrow Empathy Quiz. If you can answer yes to one of the following questions then you should look to Gwyneth Paltrow for empathy….

Have you ever had sex with Ben Affleck or Brad Pitt?

Have you successfully managed to stay on a juice cleanse for longer then 10 days without cheating and still working out with your personal trainer at a private gym?

Did your clothing budget consist of $500,000 or more last year? (If you totaled all the clothing items GP featured on Goop.com last year it was over half a million).

Do you own a set of Malle W. Trousseau 43-piece kitchen culinary for $5,800.00?

Is your kid named after a piece of fruit?

Unless prescribed by a doctor have you ever been able to stay on a Macrobiotic Diet for more than one year of your life? Eating less than 1100 calories a day?

I couldn’t answer Yes to any of these questions, If you did… congrats! You officially have first world problems and GP is your saint. I’m not saying first world problems don’t suck and I think GP is going thru a tough time right now getting divorced. I can imagine she’s suffering the same broken hearted feelings we both have, so go easy on her my guess is she does the best she can from what she’s experienced. 

Do you agree with me on this one? Email me anytime anything: sarah@heyfrase.com 




Response (1)
  1. Mike Scott

    You nailed it when you said this: " I actually thought she was making the point that what she does is a different kind of stress, and that everyone has challenges but hers are just more demanding in her mind."

    Is she out of touch with reality, yes. Most people can not relate to her career choice. The bigger reality is she may not land a role for any type of work (TV or movie) at any given point, and hopefully she has saved up enough money just in case that happens. I would think it is hard to memorize lines, get the emotions right that go with acting, and staying in a place for 10+ hours a day. The flip side is once a project is finished, there are long breaks (potentially) until the next one starts. Most people can not take 3 months off of work at a time, which is what some of Hollywood does for various reasons.

    Then again, I think most of Hollywood is out of touch with reality. Sure, they may donate from time to time a million dollars to a charity, but you rarely see them in a soup kitchen, feeding the homeless, or doing the countless charitable acts that would require work.

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