The Gwyneth Haterade

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Let’s talk about something that has been bothering me for a couple weeks- this whole hating on Gwyneth Paltrow thing that seems to be rampant.  When I heard she was voted the “Most Hated” celebrity last week I have to admit I was floored.  Not as a Gwyneth fan, but as a WOMAN. Chris Brown,  who I think is one of the most despicable celebrities (and people) around, was number 20. 20!!!! And a gorgeous, talented mother is number 1?  What the hell is wrong here?

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Kim Kardashian (famous for a sex tape), Kristen  Stewart (married guy thing) and Lindsay Lohan (duh) I can find reason for some public dislike based on their publicized behavior, but Gwyneth?  Sure, there’s a lot of reason to be jealous of her: married to Chris Martin (and he wrote “Fix You” for her…ahhhh), gorgeous, beautiful homes, great career, a closet you’d do despicable things to have….but hate? No, I don’t think so. Unless Gwyneth has personally wronged you, like ran over your dog or something, then hate is not an appropriate word.  And when she landed on the People cover as “Most Beautiful” (which is a ridiculous issue as no one person is “the most”) seeing comments like “she’s not even pretty” “she’s not beautiful she’s cute” made go “Ummm, seriously? Look at her!”…

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I’ve seen plenty of “quotes” from her that the media and others have pulled out of context to make her sound like a snob and her new cookbook get knocked around (it’s not the best, her first one IS however, great) but you know what, we all say stupid stuff and things that when repeated aren’t the most humble sounding.  And Gwyneth’s life IS pretty freaking awesome, so no, her reality is not always relatable!  I find it MORE annoying when rich, gorgeous famous people lament how they are “just normal” and “eat like a trucker and hate working out” when their six pack abs are visible through their dresses.  UGH.  True, her GOOP newsletter has the worst name and sometimes recommends CRAZY expensive stuff, but it’s fun to read and no different then most fashion magazines (and blogs!) out there.  And plenty of famous women have built an empire based on THEMSELVES- Rachel Ray, Jennifer Lopez the friggin’ Kardashians and aren’t as criticized for it as being “self-centered”!  I find it interesting that she didn’t rest on her acting laurels and kept developing sides of her persona and personality that she was truly passionate about! As someone who is trying to build a brand on herself, I look up to her, not reject her out of jealousy.

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And let’s not forget her hysterical performance on Glee, or her iconic turn as Margot Tenenbaum or her small but great film Sliding Doors and her recent honesty about marriage (even to Chris Martin) as being crazy hard and sometimes shitty.  There’s a whole lot of good there and very little I see as being worthy of so much public slamming.  I think it highlights a problem that pervades society today, which is women being cruel to other women out of sheer jealousy, misunderstanding or judgement. Can we stop that?  As someone who spent formative years in an all female environment I know we are capable of being kind, encouraging and inclusive to each other.  This whole “mean girl” thing is so disheartening, no? I hate how much negativity is spewed between women.  I know for sure, if I had a daughter I’d rather she look up to Gwyneth then 90% of celebrities out there. She’s stayed out of rehab, isn’t photographed missing her underwear and has stayed out of gossipy, drama filled headlines.

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C’mon, the girl has GREAT taste, for sure:

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And looks cool even when at the airport…

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And does glam really, really freakin’ well…

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But still shows up for book signings with no makeup fresh off the beach….

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What do you guys think? Am I just being a Gwynnie worshipper?

Eh, whatever…go on with your bad self, GOOP.  I got yo’ back.

214 comments

  1. Love her. Like you said, good for her for following what she is passionate about. I think she has done a great job with her career, children and staying normal in an insane environment. Great post!

  2. I think Gwynneth is a wonderful actress, a very good singer, an amazing model. Still, I think that because she keeps so much of her life private (rightly so) and what she shares is so golden that it comes across as inauthentic. When she talks about her relationship with her father I find her so relatable and likeable but everything else seems ‘best foot forward’ every moment. Even when she shares her flaws it seems contrived to me. Don’t hate her though. Love her work, just not anything else.

  3. People love to hate the golden Girl Who Has Everything. I, personally, love her–always have! But I can understand how people like to hate her because she seems so perfect on the outside. Makes them “feel better” though it really doesn’t in truth. I am a little shocked that she could be picked as Most Hated though, because there are soooooo many worse celebrities out there.

  4. I’m so with you! Gwyneth has got it going on and I completely admire her. The haters are just….well, haters. Boo to them!
    xo
    Krista

  5. PREACH! I don’t get where all this hate comes from. What I love about Gwyneth is that she is who she is, she’s not trying to be anything more than that.

  6. I don’t personally hate her but I do find her annoying. To the commenter that said she was born on third base and acted she hit a triple: DING! DING! DING! You said it better than me.

    That being said, I don’t feel she is faking it all the time at all. She was on the now defunct show ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ last year looking for her father’s ancestors and I was struck by how real she was when she found out some not nice things.

    The other thing I didn’t care for were the snotty ass comments she made (similar to Madonna) about the UK being better than US, blah blah blah. STFU please and get a UK citizenship then. I don’t know why that bothers me because I have criticisms of our country too but it just did.

  7. As one of my children is a tween-aged girl, I think Gwyneth is a far better role model than many other high profile women. I like that she promotes a healthy diet and exercise, and she has fabulous taste. Do I regularly read Goop? Nope, most of the time it doesn’t seem to hold my interest, but I still like GP.

  8. I love gwyneth and I think people are jealous of her! How could you hate someone like her when Kim kardashian is around? A woman who flaunts her wealth, lies and basically got famous for doing a porno. I think she has a lot of class and I appreciate that about her. And she IS beautiful, no matter what people say!

  9. I don’t hate Gwyneth – but I do reject the GOOP/Gwyneth brands’ message that being down to earth requires a $1,500 pair of “essential” black pants and $300+ pj’s. As much as Gwyneth would like us to believe that materialism is a humanitarian effort, it is most certainly not.

  10. I reject the notion that she is saying being down to earth “requires these things.” Everyday most people want a glimpse into the lives of people who have more or are more famous. Vogue. Harper’s Bazaar. Town & Country. Robb Report. Elle Decor. What I’m seeing is that when there is some exclusivity to it, it is not a problem. But when someone has the guts to open up and share with the world and share more snippets of how she lives HER life on a regular basis, it is an issue. What a ridiculous double standard! Gwyneth is awesome in a myriad of ways. Not perfect and admittedly human. Some of us women need to stop being haters and appreciate her for all the positive things she does. We look at all the publications I mentioned above as inspiration for our own lives. I don’t feel the need to go out and buy every designer piece I see in a magazine. And, I don’t feel bad about myself for not being able to. But it often inspires me to find something similar in my price range to get the same style comfortably. Why can’t we use Goop the same way?

    I don’t usually write comments on posts, but I feel like the way she is being attacked for no real reason is ridiculous and pure jealousy.

    Okay. I’ve stepped down from my soapbox now. ; )

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