Gwyneth Paltrow compares online attacks to war

Gwyneth Paltrow (Reuters files)

Gwyneth Paltrow (Reuters files)

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Gwyneth Paltrow wants to see an end to online bullying, insisting posting hateful comments on the Internet is “dehumanizing”.

The actress admits she is sometimes affected by barbed remarks hurled at her online, and she told a conference for website coders on Tuesday that nasty comments are still hurtful, even if the victim is a star.

She said, “Celebrities, we’ve always gotten stones thrown at us and, you know, for good reason: We’re annoying. Some of us look okay, we look like we have money, our lives seem great. That may or may not be the case... Nevertheless, we get it. Or, at the very least, we expect that it’s part and parcel to (sic) what we do.

“Anyone in any field who has their head rise above a poppy in the field, they get their heads chopped off. It’s our human nature to feel that way, and to do it... Everybody takes s--t, it’s just the way it is.”

However, the Iron Man star, who announced her split from husband Chris Martin in March, insisted cyber-bullying is like “the scabs from your high school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis,” adding, “You come across (online comments) about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”

After hearing Paltrow’s war comparison, Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator and war hero John McCain, tweeted “Gweneth (sic) Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like a taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her,” she said. “Perhaps Gweneth (sic) Paltrow should go out on a patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!”

-With files from QMI

 


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