“It’s Not Like Being On Set” Gwyneth Upsets Working Moms

Paltrow makes insensitive comments regarding working moms


Well, she's done it again.

On the tail of announcing her “conscious uncoupling” from husband Chris Martin, Gwyneth Paltrow has stuck her foot in her mouth on the topic of how normal people live. This time she takes aim at the working mom. 

In an interview with E! the actress spoke on the many trials of being an actress and a mother. True to style, the actress couldn’t just talk about the difficulties of being a working mom. No, she had to point out how much worse it is for her.

"It's much harder for me," she said. "I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because … for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, 'Where were you?' I don't like to be the lead so I don't [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting, and be with good people and that kind of thing."

Up to this point, Paltrow hadn’t completely shot herself in the foot, but her next statement leaves little room for interpretation.

"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." 

Can you hear that? That is the outraged cries of working mothers across the globe. One such mom, Mackenzie Dawson, also happens to be a writer for the New York Post. She decided to let Paltrow know exactly how she felt in her article “A Working Mom’s Open Letter to Gwyneth”.

“As a mother of a toddler, I couldn’t agree more! ‘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 the city,” Dawson writes. “Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra.”

Dawson points to what we are all thinking when one of the world’s rich and famous pull the “poor me” card. Not to say that it isn’t difficult for Paltrow to balance her professional and personal lives, although the millions of dollars and full-time staff may help a bit. 

If GOOP has taught us anything, it is that Paltrow lives on another planet, where $350 short-shorts, yoga and slow-cooked kale reign supreme, and common sense is often left at the door. 

Image Source: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

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