Gwyneth Paltrow talks about trolls and how she’s been subjected to hurtful remarks posted to her on the Internet. While the actress tries to ignore them, Paltrow said that the postings are “dehumanizing” and she compares them to war.
The Oscar-winner appeared at Re/Code’s Code Conference outside Los Angeles to discuss how the cruel comments made by so-called have affected her and her famous friends.
She wants people to take a second to think about their words before commenting, according The Huffington Post. Instead of a person adding a vicious, anonymous jab alongside a photo of a star in a dress, she hopes that person will ask themselves why they feel angry.
“Celebrities, we’ve always gotten stones thrown at us and, you know, for good reason: We’re annoying,” she told the crowd. “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 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.”
Paltrow, 41, also said the criticism feels like “the scabs from your high school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis.”
The Oscar-winner also called being subjected to those hurtful Internet comments “dehumanizing” and compared the experience to surviving war.
“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, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” she said. “My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
That comparison did not sit well with Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who took to Twitter to slam Paltrow for it.
“Gweneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her,” McCain wrote. “Perhaps Gweneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!”