Gwyneth Paltrow is not a newcomer to the world of the internet and all its gossip and rumors. As a celebrity, it unfortunately comes with the package.
But, Gwyneth became vocal at a surprise appearance at the Code Conference in California on Tuesday, May 27, according to US Magazine.
Paltrow boldly shared her opinions, stating that anyone who anonymously makes nasty comments should take a look at themselves before publicly posting, as reported by ReCode.net.
That’s actually not a bad idea.
CBS News quotes Gwyneth as stating, “Celebrities, we’ve always gotten stones thrown at us… Some of us look okay, we look like we have money, our lives seem great. That may or may not be the case… Nevertheless, we get it. Or, at the very least, we expect that it’s part and parcel to what we do.”
But the hateful comments still seem over the top at times, uncalled for, and are hurtful. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow are human, after all.
Paltrow explains that online anonymity allows people to express themselves more freely and be their true selves without consequences in return. Nevertheless, Gwyneth continued to express her opinion.
“But the Internet also allows us the opportunity to project outward our hatred, our jealousy. It’s culturally acceptable to be an anonymous commenter. It’s culturally acceptable to say, ‘I’m just going to take all of my internal pain and externalize it anonymously.'”
Paltrow feels people need to be more responsible regarding their internet behavior.
ReCode reveals that “in February, the newly hired editor of anonymous image-sharing site Whisper promoted one of his company’s user-submitted posts that included a picture of Paltrow’s face overlaid with text alleging that she was having an affair, an image that then went viral.”
Is this acceptable because Gwyneth Paltrow is a celebrity? Would the average Joe want this kind of image plastered all over the internet for the world to see? Is Gwyneth supposed to just accept this with a smile and say it comes with the territory?
“It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I can see these things and not take it as a personal affront and a hurt,” Paltrow told ReCode.
Gwyneth explained that the criticism feels like “the scabs from your high school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis.” It’s possible that most everyone can relate to that with Gwyneth at some point. We all have times in our lives where we’ve been criticized, such as Paltrow, and it isn’t a fun experience.
However, there is one comment Gwyneth made during this speech that is now fodder for even more criticism. Gwyneth went on to describe how the hurtful comments feel to her.
Paltrow explained, “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
According to CBS News, the description of hateful internet comments being compared to the experience of going through war has caused quite an uproar. Including the likes of Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain, who posted her reaction to Paltrow on Twitter.
“Gwyneth 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.”
And as if that wasn’t enough, Cindy McCain came back on Twitter three minutes later and posted once more about Gwyneth Paltrow tweeting, “Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!”
Did Gwyneth Paltrow cross the line with her comment? Or do you believe that she is simply stating the depth of her hurt and frustration?
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