Gwyneth Paltrow in Hot Seat for Comments on Working Moms

By Suzan Clarke

May 9, 2014 7:22am

ABC News’ Bianna Golodryga and Alison Kenworthy report:

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has caught lots of flak for a recent comment in which she seemed to imply that her life on the set of a movie was harder than that of an average working mother.

In an interview with E! News that appeared on the organization’s website March 26, Paltrow, 41, said that maintaining her film career was becoming harder now that her children were growing up.

“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,” she 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.”

Paltrow’s comments were widely criticized as being insensitive.

“Please stop opening your ignorant mouth!” one person commented on her post addressing the comment.

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Another defender her, though, writing, “She was answering a question about HER life and how SHE balances work and family.”

But some said they believe the comment was made to garner publicity. “Gwyneth is a lot more than just a movie star,” Howard Bragman of Reputation.com  said on “Good Morning America.” “And this is just the kind of discussion that’s going to get eyeballs looking at her blog.”

Paltrow has since said her comments were misconstrued and questioned why women can be so negative toward each other.

“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,” she wrote Thursday in an entry on Goop, her lifestyle blog.  ”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.”

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In her Thursday blog post, Paltrow referred to “mommy wars” that raged, writing, “I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women.”

Parenting expert Dr. Robyn Silverman said on “GMA,” Anytime that somebody who has all the resources in the world is making comments about motherhood, mothers will step back and say, ‘Who is this person to make a comment about what I have to go through on a daily basis?’”

Referring to disapproval of some mothers over other women’s choices to breast-feed or stay at home versus go back to work, Paltrow wrote: “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).”

She finished her post by wishing every mother a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Paltrow has made polarizing remarks before. She told Elle UK in 2006, “I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.” And she told the Press Association in 2010, “Every woman can make time [to work out] …”

Paltrow has a son, Moses, 8, and a daughter, Apple, 9, with husband Chris Martin of the band Coldplay. In March, the couple announced that they were separating.

 

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