Why We Hate Gwyneth

Everything's too easy for her ... but she makes no apologies for it

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 12, 2010 10:45 AM CST

(Newser) – If you're like many people, the words "Gwyneth Paltrow" probably cause you to "roll your eyes in proletarian disgust," writes Mary Elizabeth Williams on Salon. "Taller, blonder, richer than thou," Gwyneth represents "the epitome of everything most mere mortals will never come close to being, a Little Miss Perfect who had sex with Brad Pitt." And while Gwyneth-hate is nothing new, it's skyrocketed recently thanks to an economy in the crapper (she's still rich) and an ever-fatter America (she's more toned than ever).

And now she's back in the spotlight, with an upcoming guest spot on Glee and a standing ovation-worthy performance at the Country Music Awards: "That's pretty much Gwyneth in a nutshell. She gets standing ovations for doing stuff that isn't even her real job while the rest of us get our cars repossessed and drip pizza grease on our 4-year-old Target T-shirts." But here's the rub: she doesn't apologize for any of it. "To her credit, unlike a myriad of politicians and movie stars who play the game of being regular folks, she embraces her privilege. She may be perfect, but at least she's authentic about it." Click here to read the entire amusing essay.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Honoree actress Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at a ELLE magazine's 17th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute in Beverly Hills, Calif., Monday, Oct. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Cast member Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the premiere of "Iron Man 2" at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, April 26, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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Paltrow has never been caught snorting coke off a hooker, trashing a hotel room, or doing anything more horrible than starring in View From the Top.
- Mary Elizabeth Williams

She's back, and she's more fabulous than ever. With nearly two months to go before the release of Country Strong, her first top-billed, major studio film in years, she is on full-on, determined-to-wreck-your-day mode.
- Mary Elizabeth Williams

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