Gwyneth Paltrow is finally addressing her insanely dense working moms commentary.
If you’ll recall, Paltrow told E! News a few weeks ago: “It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because … for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’ I don’t like to be the lead so I don’t [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing … I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
After a lot of backlash, much of which, honestly, was pretty deserved, Paltrow is finally attempting to defend herself on her GOOP blog (which is also a catalog for things like $200 T-shirts, because she’s just like us).
“A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed. So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule … This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject.”
It’s unclear exactly how her quote was taken out of context. And it’s clear that as an old money-plus-new money celebrity, she really just doesn’t quite get it.
She adds: “As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women. We see disapproval in the eyes of other mothers when we say how long we breastfed (Too long? Not long enough?), or whether we have decided to go back to work versus stay home. Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women? Perhaps because there is so much pressure to do it all, and do it all well all at the same time (impossible).”
This isn’t really about a mommy war so much as a class war. Moms who work two jobs to feed their kids, who may not even have had to do so before the economy tanked, simply find it hard to sympathize with someone born rich who got richer by using her parents’ connections to nab an Oscar she didn’t quite deserve. But totally, mommy wars!