Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow

FreeCurlsFreeCurls Registered Users Posts: 4,408
I've never been a huge Fan of Gwyneth's but I find it interesting that there is a whole article on how unlikeable and annoying she is. But, well, she really is!

Gwyneth Paltrow: She is pretty
But is she just far too annoying and Hollywood to handle?





COMMENTARY
By Tara Ariano and Sarah D. Bunting
Updated: 4:06 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2004


Even before she won her Oscar, Gwyneth Paltrow was Hollywood royalty — the child of a lovely patrician actress and a producer of interesting, critically praised TV shows. But she hasn’t just lazed about, drawing on her trust fund of fame: she’s made a name for herself by dating her co-stars; dressing so well that she’s considered a fashion icon; talking about her trendy hobbies, from yoga to her macrobiotic diet to “cupping”; and now for marrying a rock star, giving birth to their child, and naming her after produce. Oh, and she hasn’t made a good movie since “Shakespeare in Love.” Is it any wonder that the world has turned on her? And is there anything she can do, at this point, to win us back?

Tara Ariano
I should hate Gwyneth Paltrow. I know I should. I mean, for God’s sake, look at our archives, here, Sar – I hate everybody. But for some reason, I still like her.

I have read countless interviews with her where she bragged about how everyone who has long blonde hair is just copying her, and how she’s been effortlessly stylish since birth, and hinting at what a chump Ben Affleck was when he was her boyfriend. I saw her on “Oprah” last month, busting out all that self-deprecation I could tell was completely fake. And when she said that she went to a film premiere in that shirt that showed off her cupping bruises because she forgot? I am so sure.

But I somehow can’t hate her, and for one simple reason: she’s so pretty!

Sarah D. Bunting
Ew.

All right, she’s not hideous. She can look very lovely, you’re right; in the “Sky Captain” promos, she’s fabulous. But might I remind you of a certain Academy Awards outfit worn by Her Prettiness, the miserable Pepto-pink one that didn’t fit right — which she accessorized with embarrassing blubbering at the podium?

I see I don’t have to remind you of the cupping bruises, the showing off of which is a classic seventh-grade-at-girls’-school attention-whore stunt, but it doesn’t end there. She wears ponchos. On purpose. “Effortlessly” I’ll give her, especially in the split-ends department, because girlfriend needs a trim. “Stylish,” my Aunt Fanny.

It’s weird, though — I don’t dislike her movies (although I generally try to avoid them), and I don’t dislike her in them. I mean, I saw “Bounce” in the theater — paid to see it, even — and the movie is boring and dumb, but she’s good in it. She’s good in “Possession,” too; it takes a pretty strong actress to hold her own against Jeremy Northam’s Mike Nesmithian wig in that movie, and she does. She’s a little overrated, I think, and she should stop doing dreck like “View from the Top” posthaste, but she’s solid.

It’s her I don’t like, at all. She’s bony, she’s smug, and she named her child Apple. Apple, T-Bone. What kind of sadist saddles the fruit of her loins (if you’ll pardon the pun) with an invitation to get stuffed into lockers until she’s in college?

Also, she dated Ben Affleck, and if his last paramour is any indication, he likes ’em bitchy. Reeeeeeally bitchy.

Tara
Sarah. I don’t think you’re hearing me. I know everything you are saying, and I do not dispute that it’s true.

I’m sure if I were ever at a party with Paltrow (which I wouldn’t be, because she doesn’t eat and I don’t smoke, so there’s no soirée possible that could accommodate us both), I would want to punch her after about two minutes’ worth of conversational filibustering, on her part, about how she came up with the idea of wearing white blouses and jeans. If she can be this annoying to the world from her distant and elevated position, getting a full dose of her at close range…well, it’s like nuclear radiation, probably, and I’d surely need a “Silkwood” shower and a course of antibiotics and that still wouldn’t guarantee that my children wouldn’t end up with birth defects.

Normally, I’m instantly turned off by people — especially celebrities — who really love themselves beyond all reasonable measure, and there are few stars more enamoured of their own unique awesomeness than Paltrow. And that’s just her attitude; when you add in the things she actually does — the Apple-naming and the pretentious Chinese medicine-touting and the poor posture and the ill-fitting Oscar dress-wearing and on and on and on — I mean, she is obviously irritating.

I know this.

But here’s the thing.

She’s pretty.

Sarah
Not pretty enough. She’s often unkempt, and she’s just too pointy, and even if she did use a decent conditioner and stand up straight now and then, it still wouldn’t override the fact that she behaves as though she invented acting and stardom — when she had her career handed to her. True, she has enough talent to have kept that career going on her own, but the story about how “Uncle Stevie” Spielberg got her a part in “Hook” is still sick-making.

And the whole “Shallow Hal” thing — Gwyneth wears the fat suit out to a bar, for “research”! Gwyneth gets ignored and treated rudely as a result! Gwyneth discovers a new compassion for the differently weighted! The rest of us could have reached the same conclusions about how unfairly society treats the overweight by either thinking about the issue for 30 seconds or, you know, living in the world, but when Gwyneth comments on it, it’s an insight? Please. I spent some years as an actual fat girl; I shouldn’t have to care what a snotty twig who did it for three lousy hours thinks.

I know you don’t care about that either, because she’s pretty, which is fine. I irrationally love Manson Lamps Jolie for the same reason. But I suspect that Paltrow has spent most of her life banking on the pretty — getting away with stuck-up behavior and doing “The Pallbearer” because she can really turn out a suit.

The thing is, though, looks fade, and she ought to button her lip about fat people and stop doing bloated bio-pics about overwrought poets before her frown lines get too deep.

Tara
I know you’re right. I want to hate her. My entire body and spirit are in revolt at the fact that I don’t. But I don’t, and the only reason I can think of is…

Sarah
…that she's pretty. Yeah. In an attic somewhere in Bel Air, there’s a portrait of her that's all shriveled and warty, but hey, suit yourself.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    I didn't read all of that, I just got as far as "She's so pretty" and errrrrk! No, she's not. She's plain. PLAIN. She's thin and blond which ok, to some people is an auto-pass for pretty but she's blah. And annoying. I have read so many articles in which she goes on and on about her own supposed fabness. Whatever. Oh, and Gwennie - you're not that smart. You're just not. Not smart, not pretty, not interesting, just annoying. HATE :twisted:

    Ok, I've stopped ranting and read the whole thing and I'm happy to find someone else who thought that gawdawful pink that was vile and ILL FITTING.
  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Registered Users Posts: 4,408
    here's the photo that went along with that article. Like your (new) boobs much Gwynnie?

    040907_paltrow_vmed11a.vmedium.jpg

    There's just something about her that makes you want to smack her. Maybe it's the faux earnest look she always wears on her face.
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  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    FreeCurls wrote:
    There's just something about her that makes you want to smack her. Maybe it's the faux earnest look she always wears on her face.

    I always just sort of vaguely didn't care about her till reading that interview in Vogue where she went on about some girl in a commercial wearing a black skirt and a black sweater and how she was totally "copying" Gwennie - according to the Gwennie. Also, she TOTALLY seems like the person who never got past the seventh grade girl mentality. Just. Hate. Gah.
  • fig jamfig jam Registered Users Posts: 2,555
    Wow. I didn't know Gwyneth invented the black skirt/sweater combo. We don't give her half enough credit!

    She's definitely one of the stars of the Academy of the Overrated, and I've always found her annoying (especially that slouch), but I do want to add an irrelevant comment:

    I've always loved her mom (Blythe Danner).
    "Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?"

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  • aptheislandgirlaptheislandgirl Registered Users Posts: 636
    http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800018601&cf=pg&photoid=252287&intl=us

    I remember someone using the words "chicken cutlets" to describe her boobs in this picture.
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Registered Users Posts: 3,443
    I think it's mainly the fact she seems somewhat snobby and elitist. But a couple weeks ago I saw her on the Ellen show and she was actually interesting and it was a funny interview, though the credit for that might mostly be due to Ellen. She is very fitting IMO in really dramatic roles, like in Se7en and A Perfect Murder.
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  • NYCurlyGirlyNYCurlyGirly Registered Users Posts: 1,012
    I really loved Shallow Hal, but as a person Gwyn never impressed me. Wasn't she the one who made the comment about how America was "frighteningly patriotic" or something like that? Her and Madonna need to both STAY in England and never come back here to make movies again!!
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  • fig jamfig jam Registered Users Posts: 2,555
    http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hc&id=1800018601&cf=pg&photoid=252287&intl=us

    I remember someone using the words "chicken cutlets" to describe her boobs in this picture.

    After looking at that photo gallery, I would definitely advise her to go for less eye makeup, more clothing.
    "Tell me, are you incapable of restraining yourself, or do you take pride in being an insufferable know-it-all?"

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  • CGNYCCGNYC Registered Users Posts: 4,938 Curl Connoisseur
    I've always loved her mom (Blythe Danner).

    Me too!
  • M2LRM2LR Registered Users Posts: 8,630 Curl Connoisseur
    FreeCurls wrote:
    here's the photo that went along with that article. Like your (new) boobs much Gwynnie?

    040907_paltrow_vmed11a.vmedium.jpg

    There's just something about her that makes you want to smack her. Maybe it's the faux earnest look she always wears on her face.

    I just wanted to comment that if she's still breastfeeding her baby, her breasts might be this big until the baby is weaned. So, they might not be fake.

    That's all.
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  • mawiyahmawiyah Registered Users Posts: 34
    They're definitely not fake. She's been quoted as saying that she has lost almost all of the baby weight except for 10 pounds and that she actually likes the extra weight -- whether or not she ends up holding on to it is another story. She is definitely still breast feeding -- this woman is supposedly in love with her baby and being a mother. I'm of the camp that doesn't dislike this woman. I don't know if I'd be friends with her, but compared to people like Britney and Jessica Simpson, she seems like she's got a good head on her shoulders. JMO.
  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Registered Users Posts: 4,408
    Mom2LilRob wrote:
    FreeCurls wrote:
    here's the photo that went along with that article. Like your (new) boobs much Gwynnie?

    040907_paltrow_vmed11a.vmedium.jpg

    There's just something about her that makes you want to smack her. Maybe it's the faux earnest look she always wears on her face.

    I just wanted to comment that if she's still breastfeeding her baby, her breasts might be this big until the baby is weaned. So, they might not be fake.

    That's all.

    re-reading my post I see that it sounded like I was implying she got implants. I actually wasn't and should word my post better. I realize her boobage is from breast feeding. I was making an (apparently very) veiled reference to her 'new' boobs from breast feeding.
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  • miacurlmiacurl Registered Users Posts: 332
    Yep, she is not so bad....so she likes England---her husband is from there, so there she will raise her kids I guess. I don't like her acting and I think she acts up a storm on shows like Oprah to get people to like her....I liked Shallow Hal (and would have liked it with or without her)...she says she does not have a Nanny; somehow I don't believe that---she must have a nanny for part of the day or night--maybe she meant not a live in to take care of the kids :roll:
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  • PartyHairPartyHair Registered Users Posts: 7,713
    She inspires no feeling in me one way or the other. I don't get the hatred of people you don't even know. I can understand annoying - if she's everywhere, on every cover, etc., then yeah, that's annoying. She just doesn't seem to be everywhere though. (See: Britney Federline - now SHE is annoying!)

    ETA: See? Right there! WHY do I know Britney's new last time? I hate her music, I think she's insipid and trampish...yet I KNOW HER NEW LAST NAME! That's just wrong.
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  • CurlyBritChickCurlyBritChick Registered Users Posts: 218
    Wasn't she the one who made the comment about how America was "frighteningly patriotic" or something like that? Her and Madonna need to both STAY in England and never come back here to make movies again!!

    No they do NOT need to stay in England! If it's not Madonna with her fake British accent its Princess Gwynnie bitching about the nasty London traffic wardens who won't let her park where she wants!
    I've had enough of the pair of them - take 'em back please!
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  • ScarletScarlet Registered Users Posts: 3,125 Curl Neophyte
    Wasn't she the one who made the comment about how America was "frighteningly patriotic" or something like that? Her and Madonna need to both STAY in England and never come back here to make movies again!!

    take 'em back please!

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    I really have no opinion on her, but remembered a fashion critic saying that when she wore the see thru dress her boobs looked like "two fried eggs sliding down a wall". That gave me a chuckle.
  • mandyvmandyv Registered Users Posts: 2,437 Curl Connoisseur
    She's very self-important. And I hated Shakespeare in Love mostly because of her. Her acting is terrible.
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  • miacurlmiacurl Registered Users Posts: 332
    Self-important....so are many celebrities these days. :? Not to guano, but has anyone seen the Sara McClachlan video--the new one where she is playing the guitar? Great video.
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  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Registered Users Posts: 4,408
    Self-important....so are many celebrities these days. Not to guano, but has anyone seen the Sara McClachlan video--the new one where she is playing the guitar? Great video.

    really not trying to be snarky but can you justify that segue? I totally am not getting the connection between the two topics. Maybe I need to see the video...
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  • elleebemeelleebeme Registered Users Posts: 6
    I don't dislike Gweneth nor have I thought much about her one way or the other. But I am always amazed at people who are into yoga, unusual diets and what have you but they also smoke. I hope that she quit while she was pregnant. Well, I hope that she quit for good.
  • ScarletScarlet Registered Users Posts: 3,125 Curl Neophyte
    I'm amazed that for all the yoga she does she has horrific posture.
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  • FreeCurlsFreeCurls Registered Users Posts: 4,408
    Scarlet wrote:
    I'm amazed that for all the yoga she does she has horrific posture.

    Maybe she has a problem like scoliosis or something
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  • CurlsWannaHaveFunCurlsWannaHaveFun Registered Users Posts: 251
    I really can't hate someone I've never met but she irritates the crap out of me. Elitist, snobby "pretty pretty princess" type. I'm not that enamoured with her acting (Shakespeare in Love, Best actress Oscar, I so don't think so---undeserved!) and I agree with whoever said she's not that attractive---I have never seen what anyone raved over except the long blond hair. She usually looks bony and overly angular.

    I guess she figures if she projects a fabulous image/self confidence it will take in the media. Amazingly it seems to have worked. Hmmm, maybe I should give it a try.
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  • JosephineJosephine Registered Users Posts: 14,408 Curl Connoisseur
    PartyHair wrote:
    She inspires no feeling in me one way or the other. I don't get the hatred of people you don't even know. I can understand annoying - if she's everywhere, on every cover, etc., then yeah, that's annoying. She just doesn't seem to be everywhere though. (See: Britney Federline - now SHE is annoying!)

    ETA: See? Right there! WHY do I know Britney's new last time? I hate her music, I think she's insipid and trampish...yet I KNOW HER NEW LAST NAME! That's just wrong.

    I'm the same way...I used to get annoyed by paris hilton at first but I just cant get that annoyed to actually dislike someone without knowing them.
  • cluelessclueless Registered Users Posts: 27
    I can't believe this thread! I'm really surprised! I love Gwyneth, she's been in a few good movies, and I think she's really really gorgeous. I really do.
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