It didn't take long for the internet to jump all over Gwyneth Paltrow yesterday for her comments about how it is much more difficult for someone like her to be a mom rather than a mom who works a 9 to 5 job and comes home every night. The NY Post ran a great open letter from a regular mom. You can read the whole thing here, but below are some excerpts.
“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.
And I know all my fellow working-mom friends feel the same. Am I right, ladies?
We’re always gabbing about how easy it is to balance work and home life. Whenever I meet with them at one of our weekly get-togethers — a breeze to schedule, because reliable baby sitters often roam my neighborhood in packs, holding up signs peddling their services — we have a competition to see who has it easier. 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?
Those women are living the dream, I tell you!”
So far, I haven't seen anything from the Goopster apologizing or anything about how it was taken out of context or anything else that would make her likable. She just doesn't understand that she really needs to keep quiet because she never makes a good public statement, which considering who her publicist is and all the people in her support system seems almost impossible to do, but she manages to tick people off, every time she opens her mouth.