Open letter roasts spoiled actress Gwyneth Paltrow over ‘office job’ comments

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s belly-aching about how tough it is to be a mom and an actress brought an avalanche of sarcastic responses, but perhaps the best came in a letter reprinted in the New York Post.

In it, mom Mackenzie Dawson informed the recently “uncoupled” Paltrow that her daily mantra is, “Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie a year.”

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Referring to the actress’ recent interview with E! News, where she complained about having to go to Wisconsin for two weeks and work 14-hour days on set, Dawson commiserated with her difficult schedule compared to all the free time and loose cash working moms in New York have to squander away.

Dawson and her working-mom friends have a competition to see who has it easier.

“Is it the female breadwinners who work around the clock to make sure their mortgages get paid, lying awake at night, wracked with anxiety over the idea of losing their jobs?” she wrote. “Or is it the mothers who get mommy-tracked and denied promotions? What about the moms with ‘regular’ 9-to-5 jobs who are penalized when their kids are sick and they don’t have backup child care? Those women are living the dream, I tell you!”

Laying on the sarcasm even thicker, Dawson agreed with Paltrow that having $30,000 to $65,000 to blow on child care “can be a real drag,” since there’s such an abundance of “nationally subsidized high-quality day care lying around.”

Dawson wholeheartedly agreed with Paltrow’s assertion that office workers “can do all the stuff in the morning,” noting that sometimes “I even have time to drink half of my coffee before it gets cold!”

The eloquent New York mom also sympathized with anyone who has to work under “grueling circumstances” on a movie set, given that her own evenings are spent drinking Bellinis, adjusting her 401(k) contributions, sweating through hours of yoga meditations and buying $350 leotards on Paltrow’s website, Goop.

Unquestionably, working-mom Dawson has proven to actress Paltrow who has the tougher daily regimen.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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