If you thought you couldn’t possibly dislike Gwyneth Paltrow any more than you already do, get ready for this.
The actress has enraged people yet again after comparing her experience with negative online comments to being in a war, reports Re/Code.
Paltrow made the incendiary statement during her surprise appearance at the Code tech conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., earlier this week. The Oscar-winner did not hold back on her views on anonymous trolls who make hurtful barbs online .
“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends and it’s a very dehumanizing thing,” she said.
But then Paltrow got right to the point: “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.”
Needless to say, Paltrow’s comparison did not go over well.
Within hours of Paltrow’s comments going online, Cindy McCain (@cindymccain), the wife of John McCain – former Vietnam prisoner-of-war and presidential candidate – went on Twitter to register her rage.
McCain’s first tweet: “Gweneth [sic] 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.”
Shortly after, McCain tweeted, “Perhaps Gweneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess.”
No less aghast was a spokesperson for the group Veterans for Peace, who pointed out the ignorance of Paltrow’s comments for TMZ.
“She doesn’t understand what it means to be in real danger,” said the rep. “Not someone talking to you on the Internet, but actually having bullets shot at you.”
Obviously, Paltrow learned nothing from last fall’s misstep by fellow actor Tom Cruise.
At the time, Cruise was responding to a lawyer’s question in his $50-million (U.S.) lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines for their cover stories claiming he abandoned his daughter Suri, according to the New York Daily News.
When a lawyer asked Cruise the loaded question of whether being away from Suri was like serving in Afghanistan, the actor responded, “That’s what it feels like. And certainly on this last movie. It was brutal. It was brutal.”
Memo to all members of the acting profession moving forward: You are not soldiers and your life is most probably not in danger while shooting a movie.
Leave the military out of it.