Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is in hot water this morning with some of her fellow working moms for comments she made in a recent interview with E! News before she publicly announced her split from husband Chris Martin. In the interview, Paltrow alluded that it’s easier for working moms to juggle parenting duties than it is for a working actress.
According to USA Today, Paltrow said in the interview, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening.”
She continued, “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
Her comments ignited an online firestorm with fellow working moms and even inspired one mother to write an open letter to Paltow published in the New York Post by Mackenzie Dawson. In the open letter, Dawson writes that, “I just wish Gwyneth weren’t quite so tone-deaf. When you’re fortunate — and I count myself in this, as someone who has a loving husband and family, good health, no debt, a job I love, and a supportive network of relatives and friends — you have an extra responsibility to be empathetic and grateful and, in general, not oblivious.”