Gwyneth Paltrow offends working moms everywhere with ridiculous comparison

I've always kind of liked Gwyneth Paltrow, especially after she teamed up with Mario Batali and Mark Bittman a couple of years ago for the PBS miniseries Spain: A Culinary Road Trip and her subsequent run on Glee. I mean, she's definitely always been that waspy, holier-than-thou celebrity it-girl type that I have pretty much nothing in common with, but I've enjoyed her movies over the years, I like that she's passionate about food, and that she's kept her personal life pretty private.

But OMG, did she just tell E! News that parenting is harder for her than for moms who work 9-to-5?! Yup, it looks like she did, and the general public isn't taking it so well. Mackenzie Dawson, a writer for the New York Post, wrote an open letter to Gwynnie and I agree with every scathing word. Read on to find out what exactly Ms. Paltrow said to spur on such fury.


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"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," she said in the interview. "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," she said, also explaining that she only does one movie per year.

Um, lady, you have absolutely no clue what it's like to be a full-time working mother in a regular middle-class or God forbid, working-class job. Your parents are celebrities, you grew up rich and your children are growing up rich. You will never, ever have to worry about not being able to pay your rent, or having the money for your kid to play basketball next year. Most of the women you are referring to don't have a choice about when, where and how often they work. You do. You could walk away right now and you and Apple and Moses and any other future spawn will continue living the high life.

Does she even realize how few parents actually leave work at 5 p.m.? How many parents can't get a day off even when their child is sick or daycare is closed on a holiday their company doesn't recognize? We are talking about parents who can't afford live-in nannies and maids and chefs to pick up where they left off. About latch-key kids who stay at school until 6 or even 7 p.m., when their mom, who has a 45-minute commute, finally manages to make it home. And of course, that mom still has to get dinner on the table, make sure everyone's homework is done and that they're bathed and in bed at a decent hour.

Forget quality time and making costumes for recitals and such, these parents are just trying to get by and make ends meet. So, no, her life as a parent is not harder because she has to be on set for a couple of weeks at a time, or travel all over the world. In fact, tons of celebrities film with their kids on set.

Next thing I know she'll be publicly shaming all the parents that can't afford to feed their kids the ridiculously expensive meals she features on GOOP

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What would you say to Gwyneth Paltrow about being a working mom?

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What would you say to Gwyneth Paltrow about being a working mom?

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on Mar 29, 2014 at 2:19 AM
I think what she meant was that mothers who work set hours are better able to keep their children on a regular schedule, whereas crazy hours on set don't always allow for that type of routine. (Plus, although she does only one movie a year, they often take about a year to shoot, so it's not like she's taking months off without working.) I'm unsure how that translates into her publicly shaming parents who have less money. The comments about her growing up in a rich family make you seem bitter, and by making them, you're generalizing wealthy families in the same way you claim she generalizes families of fewer means. Your bio says you're a freelance journalist. Can I assume that means you work your own hours from home? If so, I'm unsure why you're writing from the perspective of a parent who commutes 45 minutes and doesn't get days off when your kids are sick. I generally enjoy your blogs, but this seems a bit off the mark.
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on Mar 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

I don't have anything against Gwyneth Paltrow. I can't profess to know what she meant by her comment. I would nee dher to clarify. Despite the perception, wealthy and famous women have a lot of pressure on them, even with all the help, especially those who want to be with their children.  Yes, it's a very different experience from a parent who is struggling to make ends meet, be there for their children and, possibly, be there for themselves. It's like comparing apples and potatoes, really. I wish that all parents were able to be there for their children.

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