Life can apparently be tough for a multimillionaire world-famous movie star. At least that was the message Gwyneth Paltrow attempted to convey in recent comments regarding the harsh criticism she sometimes receives online.
Of course, all celebrities – and, to some extent, all humans – will likely come across some level of criticism by their peers. While most well-adjusted adults can deal with detractors by ignoring or absorbing their jabs, Paltrow responded with a statement that, perhaps justifiably, added to the public backlash against her.
She told a group at a conference earlier this week that reading negative comments about herself online is “a very dehumanizing thing.”
Then, she compared her struggle to that of the brave men and women who voluntarily enter a battlefield to fight for our freedom.
“It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing,” she continued, “and then something is defined out of it.”
Paltrow continued her exercise in self-pity by expressing her hope that she is able to survive the onslaught of mean words written by strangers on the Internet.
“My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience,” she concluded.
Naturally, veterans and their families were not amused.
U.S. Army Green Beret SFC Brian Sikes penned a personal letter to Paltrow in which he described his “brothers who have had their limbs ripped off and seen their friends shot, blown up, burned and disfigured, or wake up every morning in pain – while just starting the day is a challenge.”
He concluded by sarcastically agreeing that “reading a mean tweet is just like that.”
As for Twitter, plenty of social media users had their own take on Paltrow’s comments, likely adding to the post-traumatic stress from which she apparently already believes she suffers. Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy, was quick to weigh in with her thoughts as the wife of a tortured prisoner of war.
Gweneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.
— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) May 29, 2014
Her statement set the tone for plenty of other outraged commenters across the political spectrum.
Gwyneth Paltrow Understands What our Troops Endure in War: She Endures Dehumanizing Hell Because She’s Beautful! http://t.co/sFuIhsTH4M
— Lisa Richards (@lisarichards124) May 30, 2014
Even in her tirade against online trolls, Gwyneth Paltrow somehow still comes across tone-deaf & unsympathetic http://t.co/YpClRSQBeb
— Salon.com (@Salon) May 30, 2014
Photo Credit: Andrea Raffin (Creative Commons)
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