Actress Gwyneth Paltrow put her foot in her mouth again — and it took a decorated Green Beret to yank it out.
The outspoken star of “Shakespeare in Love” on Tuesday compared cyberbullied celebrities to combat soldiers, according to the London Daily Mail’s coverage of a conference that featured Paltrow as a speaker.
“It’s a very dehumanizing thing,” she said. “It’s almost like, how in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing 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.”
Her self-pity could angered Sgt. First Class Brian Sikes, a Purple Heart recipient who mounted a frontal assault with 32-caliber sarcasm.
“You should receive a medal!” Sikes wrote in a Clash Daily column. “I’d like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you don’t know. I can only imagine the difficulty in waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home, and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on Twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you.”
Sikes, who was wounded in an IED explosion and saw buddies killed and lose limbs during a combat tour in Afghanistan, called Paltrow’s rant “dehumanizing” for daring to compare battlefield stress to her life of luxury.
“Let me the first to burst your bubble,” he wrote. “A long line at Starbuck’s, your driver being 3 minutes late, a scuff mark on your $1200 shoes and a mean tweet do not constitute difficulty in the eyes of a soldier.”
U.S. Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy McCain also jumped into the fray, tweeting, “Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her.”
McCain, whose husband spent seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, recommended that Paltrow go out on patrol with some GIs, tweeting, “Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess.”
In March, Paltrow made another foolish remark, saying working women had it easier than movie stars tied to filming on location. The silly comparison also won the actress tons of scorn, led by working mom Mackenzie Dawson’s sarcastic tirade in the New York Post.
You can read SFC Sikes’ letter in the Clash Daily here:
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