Gwyneth betrays herself
Gwyneth Paltrow was one of six women honoured at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday alongside Oprah Winfrey, Salma Hayek, Anna Kendrick, and Susan Wojcicki. G was recognised for her work with LA Kitchen, which she talks about during her remarks. Before she spoke, she was introduced by Ryan Murphy who told the audience that she’s his child’s godmother and that he used to be a fanboy, just like us:
“As a younger gay, I was also obsessed with the legend of Gwyneth. But having known her now for 10 years, the thing that resonates with me the most is that none of these things are preoccupied with image or success when it comes to this lady.”
Here’s Gwyneth’s acceptance speech. My favourite part, obviously, is:
“Not me, obviously.”
G shouts out “my table” at the end there. Brad Falchuk was at her table. US Weekly has a shot of them sitting together, his hand on her arm. Click here to see it. Reminds me of this shot, below, of her and Chris Martin, at one of their last public appearances together before announcing the conscious uncoupling, maybe because she was also wearing white.
So it should have been a perfect day, a perfect outing. G’s being recognised for giving back. She’s hanging out with Oprah:
Her boyfriend actually wants to sit beside her, instead of fleeing down the street when photographers are around. And she’s championing a message for women.
But then… I came across this quote, presumably given on the red carpet, when asked about role models for her daughter Apple. Here’s how G responded – with Taylor Swift:
"Taylor is a girl who's incredibly talented. She writes her own music. She's not naked on the red carpet. She's an incredibly astute business woman, so with role models like that, she [Apple] can't go wrong."
You see the problem?
“She’s not naked on the red carpet.”
You’re there to accept an award at a Power of Women event. During your speech you talk about ambition and acceptance. You claim that:
“I believe that we are on the verge of creating a new archetype. It is possible to be a woman who is intelligent, thoughtful, articulate, ambitious, while being a woman who is maternal, nurturing, sexual, and for other women.”
That sounds good. It sounds GREAT. But is what she said there consistent with judging someone for being “naked on a red carpet”????
AT THE SAME EVENT!?!?!!!
She betrays herself, doesn’t she?
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