The internet is a funny place. We love to agree to disagree and disagree when it comes to agreeing. Celebrity mom Gwyneth Paltrow has once again managed to ruffle some feathers for recent comments she made about how she only lets her two children, Apple, 8, and Moses, 6, watch cartoons in either French or Spanish rather than in their native tongue of English. So of course internet commentators are throwing her a lot of shade out there for telling us that by calling her pretentious and so on. I mean, really?
Now, while I understand that some of the things that Gywneth says might come off as a little snobby or Goopy if you will, it might just be her delivery. She was brought up in Hollywood, after all. I mean, are we really hating her because she’s promoting foreign languages at home or feeding her children turkey burgers rather than Burger King? Or that she’s only suggesting that we try a colon cleanse as a way to cleanse or detox ourselves for the New Year or that she would rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can? Or are we just really hating her because she’s an advocate of healthy living and that’s something we’d rather not hear about because it’s coming from a celebrity mom?
Let’s read this tidbit from the mag before we go on:
It’s no secret that Gwyneth Paltrow flies the flag for healthy living. But it seems her outlook on life has gone a little far as she projects strict parenting on her children. The Talented Mr Ripley actress has revealed that she only allows eight-year-old daughter Apple, and son Moses, six, to watch television in French or Spanish instead of their native English.
Speaking to InStyle magazine, the mother-of-two said Apple was cross’ as I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish’.
She added: When I’m in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons.’
Honestly, I was rather disappointed in the comments section of this Celebitchy article in which most of the readers failed to notice the point that Gwyneth was trying to make in saying that she only allows her kids to watch cartoons in foreign languages and instead are pretty much attacking her for being, as they put it, “insufferable.” What I would like to know is, why? If Gwyneth would have said that she allows her kids to watch endless hours of Spongebob like we do, would we have liked her better than because she would have been more relatable?
And while I do understand why everyone is throwing her so much shade her way, let’s take a step back for a little bit and look at the big picture here. She is doing what’s best for her family. She cares about their health, is conscious about the food she eats, tries to maintain her figure by exercising and wants to do her best to raise her children to be intelligent, trilingual children who will not only understand different languages and cultures, but will also learn to love them, thanks to their mother introducing the world to them at an early age. And yes, she does share these things in some of the interviews that she makes. I mean, would we prefer her to feed her kids Mountain Dew and allow them to participate in children’s jazz classes where they can learn how to bump and grind their way to a Rihanna song full of suggestive lyrics? Would we like her better if she had a different way of talking about her bowel movements and told us that she likes to visit her local Chick Fil A at least once a week? Do we only like — or shall I even say — accept people who are are perfectly imperfect as we are? Is that why so many of us tune in to “Honey Boo Boo” every week?
I say, let’s give Gwyneth a break. She, after all, did give us the great cinematic film that was “Sliding Doors” and at one time in her life shared matching highlights with her boyfriend. We should be a little more understanding, no? As mothers we are doing what’s best for our kids, and I have no doubt in my mind that that’s exactly what Gwyneth Paltrow has in mind each and everyday.
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