Gwyneth Compares Mean Web Comments To War, Cindy McCain Reacts!
By Jackie Willis
Senator John McCain's wife Cindy isn't too thrilled with Gwyneth Paltrow's recent war comparisons.
The 41-year-old Goop founder showed up as a surprise guest at Re/code's tech conference on Tuesday, and spoke about how the anonymity of the web has affected her personally. "It's like the scabs from your high-school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis," Paltrow said, adding that it allows the "objectification and dehumanization" of others.
But it was this comment that got the Iron Man actress some negative feedback from the Internet. "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. My hope is, as we get out of it, we'll reach the next level of conscience."
Cindy, whose husband Senator John McCain was a prisoner of war, reacted this quote in a series of tweets, writing:
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.
"At a certain point when you've been made fun of and excoriated and dragged through the mud ...for 20 years ...you realize it's not really about you," Paltrow went on to say. "Perhaps the Internet has been brought to us as a test of our own emotional evolution."