I’m sorry did I miss the news story about Gwyneth Paltrow murdering someone? What’s with the latest craze of tearing macro-biotic strips of poor Gwynnie?
LEAVE GWYNNIE ALONE…
Last week Mackenzie Dawson, gets worldwide attention for penning an open letter to the star, after a recent Gwyneth’s interview where she said, ‘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?’
Ok, there’s two examples here where she says ‘for me…’ the first as it stands may seem to suggest she’s saying it’s harder for her than for other mothers. However there was no full stop or end to her comments, which are then followed by her next ‘for me’, which reads pretty clearly… to me, that she’s saying she is taking ownership that she has created a life, her choices that have resulted in a lack of routine with her kids.
This says to me that she as many other working mothers, grapples with the fact that she might be letting her kids down by them not seeing mummy at the school gates where other kids do. Why would we presume that she doesn’t suffer from genuine career mum guilt which is not assigned purely for those that work in films?
She also says “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. 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.”
I don’t read this like it’s a competition; I read that she’s pointing out the facts that a 9 to 5 job allows for you to be there for the kids in the morning and at night. Nowhere do I read that she’s implying ‘office working mum’s have it easy and I do not.’
So why is it that this needs to be taken as a personal attack against all working mothers that have normal working hours?
Mackenzie, I’m open lettering you right now, are you saying that it is wrong that mothers should follow their passions in regards to career, or is it just an issue if they happen to make a bucket load of cash doing what they are clearly very good at doing? Cash that goes towards providing for their family?
How is it that you can be so self-righteous yet point the finger at another accusing her of being the same?
And fancy having such a bitchy public crack at any woman, at a time when she is in the throes of splitting from the man she loved, and caring for two kids who now are losing their parents as they once were?
Or is it that children of celebrities don’t hurt when their parents split?
And Mackenzie while we’re creating this cynical little circus together, how about you spare a thought for every person who’s had a miscarriage, lost a child or can’t have children?
How about popping your poison pen down to celebrities for a jiffy while others might like to shout “Mackenzie what we would trade to have the struggles of having wet hair in the morning whilst trying to attend to a beautiful child but we never will.”
Gwyneth’s copped ridicule for saying she and her husband are ‘consciously uncoupling.’ How a statement that shows thought and wisdom is, suddenly become such a joke? Or would it make her more relatable if she said ‘I hate his guts and I’m currently shredding his childhood photos’?
I’d truly love to see Mackenzie women consciously uncouple themselves from making motherhood a constant wet hair competition.