Most celebrity (and non-celebrity) moms regularly tweet and upload photos of their kids to Facebook. The good majority of moms on my own friends list post pics of their children along with parenting tips, products they like, and countless other insights into parenthood. When they do it, it’s helpful, but when some celebrity parents do it, they’re considered stuck up or elitist.
Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger to being labeled a snob. Many feel that her innocent claims that she is a regular working mom are nothing but inflated conceit. Her recent cookbook includes lofty quotes and cooking plans that would never get past a typical, harried working mother. (How many of us use wood-burning stoves on a daily basis?) Maybe it’s because she gave her kids names like Moses and Apple which some find too eccentric. It seems most people hate her because she seems too perfect. Is celebrity-hating the last acceptable mommy war in today’s politically correct society?
So when Paltrow created a Twitter and Facebook account today, the skepticism began. She posted a video and a pic of her and her son, Moses. Her first tweet showed no signs of elitism or snobbery. It simply said “This is my first tweet.” along with a link to a video of her walking own a Manhattan street. In it she says “So, it’s me, I’m on Facebook and Twitter, but not right now. I’m walking down the street looking for a cab. See ya!”
Already she has been accused of not being real, but if you ask me, she is doing what typical working moms do every day: making connections through social networks and showing off her gorgeous child. Unlike typical working moms, however, she is gaining followers by the thousands each passing minute. In the span of a few short hours, she’s gained more than 50,000 followers on Twitter and 54,000 likes on Facebook, and counting.
Do you think Gwyneth Paltrow is a snob or an elitist mom? Is hating celebrity parents the last acceptable mommy battle in our PC society?
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