Every now and then, I just feel the need to spew about Hollywood folks. I know it means nothing, but I cannot get over just how vapid they are sometimes. Rarely will you find a “star” that is in touch with reality. Yes, there are those that have their feet on the ground and truly understand what others experience; however, there are those that totally eclipse those folks via sheer arrogance and stupidity.
My subject for today? Gwyneth Paltrow (she realizes she grew up a rich, sheltered kid, right?)
Well…keep reading and you’ll find out that she is quite clueless and will again, make me angry when I sit to otherwise enjoy Iron Man.
You see, she considers Spain her second home and she speaks Spanish fluently. Absolutely nothing wrong with that in my book. I once new Italian well enough that I thinking in it. It is a neat and useful skill (I’ve lost the Italian…never got to use it…should’ve taken Spanish). She even makes sure her kids can speak Spanish. Again, a very good thing. (Speaking as an educator who knows what learning another language can do for kids.)
However, whenever she talks about one place, she feels the need to slam the United States. Is it to ingratiate herself with the other country? With the interviewer? Is she secretly afraid to be neutral or afraid she’ll hurt someone’s feelings?
In any case…read on:
“It [Spain] is so different from the United States. It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old. Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it’s from 500 B.C., it’s incredible,” she said.
1. Have you ever been to Philly? I mean, your mom just got honored with a big award in the area…in an area where the Revolutionary War and the birth of our country took place. A place where folks came here way before that even happened.
2. You grew up in NYC. I think there are some buildings there that are more than 17 years old…just a hunch.
3. Okay. I don’t get down with the scientists and their dating of things (they’ve been proven wrong before); however, I think we have a HUGE crater in Arizona, dwellings of the Native Americans, and dinosaur bones…they might not be buildings, but they are old as heck pieces of history.
Did she bleach her hair that day? She did do the interview in Spanish. Perhaps her Spanish isn’t that good?
She goes on…
“Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren’t running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don’t always have their Blackberries on.”
Well, you wouldn’t know this Ms. Paltrow, because your entire life has been spent in an environment where 9 to 5 doesn’t exist, but if folks put down their Crackberries in the U.S., especially if their employers expect them to have them on, they will get fired.
Would it be nice to have a slower pace of life? Yep. Take that up with IBM or something. You can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee at a cafe. I get 35 minutes to eat my lunch…20 minutes of it is usually spent making sure I’m ready for the rest of my day (copies and such…no last minute surprises).
I don’t doubt that Ms. Paltrow cares about her friends and family and genuinely appreciates the life she has. She just doesn’t “get” the real world.
She does keep in touch with her pals in Spain, though.
Paltrow remains close to the family she lived with in Spain, calling them “my Spanish mother” and “my brothers” from Spain. Her success as an actress, she says, hasn’t impressed them.
Well, that’s because you really aren’t that good of an actress. Your mommy and daddy helped get you that fame. Had you been a real person who had to really start from high school acting class in Podunk, you’d still be waiting tables and wondering if you could afford your electric bill this month.
Speaking of Iron Man…