Perhaps it's all the yoga that makes it so easy for Gwyneth Paltrow to put her foot in her mouth.
In the latest episode of Gwynnie the Paltrow, either through shallow ignorance, self-infatuation, or both, the Shallow Hal actress explained to E Online that life as a movie-mom was far more difficult than that of the common office working schlub mom.
This apparently touched a nerve of one of those working moms, Mackenzie Dawson, and she addressed Gwyneth's take on the office working mom in an open letter to Paltrow.
The letter begins by reviewing Gwyneth Paltrow's stance that parents with office jobs have it easy compared with the "grueling circumstances of being on a movie set."
From there the letter drips with sarcasm, Ms. Dawson holding nothing back as she ridicules Paltrow's naive assertion:
"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. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra."Ms. Dawson then welcomes her fellow office job moms aboard her pirate ship, firing more volleys of mockery at Gwyneth Paltrow's pleasure yacht, on behalf of other office working moms everywhere:
"Is it the female breadwinners who work around the clock to make sure their mortgages get paid, lying awake at night, wracked with anxiety over the idea of losing their jobs? Or is it the mothers who get mommy-tracked and denied promotions? What about the moms with "regular" 9-to-5 jobs, who are penalized when their kids are sick and they don't have backup child care?Moving forward, Ms. Dawson touches on child care before blasting Gwyneth Paltrow's notion that office working parents have an easy "routine" that allows them hours of care free time to goof off.
Those women are living the dream, I tell you!"
"Then I have a few Bellinis," writes Dawson. "And adjust my 401(k) contributions."
Ms. Dawson concludes her letter to Gwyenth with a final note of satire:
"So, Gwyneth, you've figured out the secret of working parents everywhere: Livin' la vida desk job is a breeze compared to the 14-hour days of a film set. Fourteen hours? Who in New York — especially those in the finance, law and tech professions — could possibly work 14 whole hours?Despite being the occasional subject of ridicule, Gwyneth Paltrow, daughter of the late producer/director Bruce Paltrow and Goddaughter of Steven Spielberg, has enjoyed a successful and longevic acting career.
Luckily, those 9-to-5 "ordinary job" hours grow on trees here.
And if you lose one, all you have to do is find another."
At the same time, one does not have to go far to find proof that Gwyneth Paltrow can trigger severe annoyance and other negative emotional reactions in people. For instance, this article titled, 45 Hilariously Ridiculous Gwyneth Paltrow Quotes That will Make You Want To Punch Something is filled with insightful Paltrow-isms. Take it away, Gwyneth!
"I don't want to be rich and I don't want to be famous."
"I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year."
"Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me."
Thank you, Ms. Paltrow. Now please excuse me while I go dive out the window...
Now with these latest comments from Gwyneth, this list will likely grow and make some want to keep that punching bag near by.
On the other hand, people might consider some understanding and take it easier on Gwyneth. After all, being a normal working schlub parent is cake compared to the rigorous demands of being Gwyneth Paltrow.