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Gwyneth Paltrow: Did she go too far?

by CAROLINE GAVURA Section Editor

Notorious snob, Gwyneth Paltrow, has become a working mother’s worst enemy.

In a recent interview with “E!”, Paltrow said, “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. 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.”

As one would expect, the comment has made working moms across the country flip out. One mother in particular, Mackenzie Dawson, decided to write a letter to Paltrow in the “New York Post”.

“I loved Mackenzie’s piece in the Post. While some parts were humorous, it mostly was a look into the lives of working mothers and how hard it is to balance work with home life. While I understand Gwyneth is used to a different kind of lifestyle, I think she should think before she makes assumptions like that,” said senior Kylie Scannella.

The letter slams Paltrow with witty sarcasm and the realities of what it is like to have a “regular” nine-to-five job, and raise a toddler at the same time.

She tackled Paltrow’s assumptions such as, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” with counter arguments.

She recited her own schedule of a normal work day in hopes that Paltrow will compare it to her own and think twice before complaining.

“[Dawson and her fellow working mother friends] 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, wrack with anxiety over the idea of losing their jobs? Or is it them others who get mommy-tracked and denied promotions?” she writes after discussing how hard it is to get together with her friends in the first place because of how scarce reliable babysitters are.

It must be so hard for Paltrow, not being able to post on her lifestyle website for two weeks because she is working on the only movie she is making all year. And being away from her children, the tragically named Apple and Moses, who barely see her anyway because she has a staff to take care of them for her. What is a girl to do?!

“Apple and Moses are totally getting a twisted idea about life from their mother. I don’t understand how she can truly believe the working class – especially working moms – have it better than her! She works the amount of time in one year that a normal working woman does in one month. She needs a reality check,” said junior Corinne Franchette.

What are your feelings on Paltrow’s comment about working mothers? Do you think Dawson was right to speak out against her in the letter?

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