Four movies to help Gwyneth Paltrow realize that the other carpool lane isn't always easier.
By now you've heard about Gwyneth Paltrow's unfortunate foot eating incident. Yes, the one where she stuck her foot in her mouth by royally insulting all non-Hollywood working moms in the world by saying in an interview with E! News:
"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,” you 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.”
When I first read her complaints, I was angered and annoyed. "Oh yeah," I thought, "it's super easy being a regular, working mom making the equivalent of what you spend on your monthly shoe budget!" How could someone be so insensitive...especially when we're still working our way out of a recession and many of us still struggle to put food on the table. Then I read the response by Mackenzie Dawson of the New York Post. I love how smartly she handled it, engaging in humor because how else can you respond to something so ridiculous and coo coo?
“Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year” is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city...As someone with an office job, my mornings are obviously pretty leisurely. Sometimes I even have time to drink half of my coffee before it gets cold!....Then I have a few Bellinis and adjust my 401(k) contributions. After I get home from work, I’m full of energy and ready to cook dinner using one of the recipes you post on your lifestyle Web site, Goop: slow-cooked kale, pancetta and bread crumbs, anyone? After that, I’ll go to yoga, spend a few hours meditating and maybe do some online shopping, picking up a pair of $350 white leopard-printed short-shorts via Goop in preparation for the “spring break” I’ll take with my husband and son. If there’s one thing I look good in after having a child, it’s short-shorts."
For more from this fantastic article click here "A Working Mom's Open Letter to Gwyneth."
Upon reading Dawson's article, I laughed, relaxed, and realized that poor Gwyneth is just suffering from the Wizard of Oz syndrome. Like Dorothy, she thinks the grass is always greener on the other side. So I thought, what better way to help out good ole Gwynnie than to come up with a list of movies that also tell the story of someone who thinks life is much easier in the other carpool lane?
Here we go:
1) The Wizard of Oz
As we all know, the grass isn't always greener-even if it is in technicolor.
2) Shakespeare in Love
Hey Gwyneth, do you remember this one? It's the role that won you the Oscar. Yes, the one where you play a wealthy, aristocrat who is unhappy with her destiny and wants to join Shakespeare's theater troupe but must disguise herself as boy.
3) Freaky Friday
The famous ole tale of wishing you could live someone else's life; it would be so much easier, until you actually try it.
One of Gwyneth's earliest roles was that of a young Wendy in Hook. In the original Peter Pan, Wendy doesn't want to grow up and wishes she could stay young forever, which is how she comes to meet Peter Pan. Moral: It's better to grow up than have to deal with Captain Hook.
So, dear Gwyneth, maybe next time you've got to fly across the pond for a movie shoot, you could take a look at some of these classics. Hopefully, you'll realize that you have it pretty easy and life isn't so bad. Then we (the regular non-Hollywood moms/ie: your fangirls and you) won't have to have a "conscious uncoupling."
Post-script: I originally had some cute GIFs for each movie, but I couldn't figure out how to upload them to Blogher. So I apologize for the static text-only post. :-)
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