Gwyneth Paltrow: Trolls Are 'Dehumanizing,' Like War

Image: Gwyneth Paltrow: Trolls Are 'Dehumanizing,' Like War

Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:27 PM

By Morgan Chilson

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow went to the re/code Code Conference this week to talk about how mean, often anonymous online comments and trolling affect celebrities, but part of her talk may have opened her up to even more Internet anger.

“The lack of empathy that is created when people can anonymously opine about the looks or actions of others … It’s where we are in our culture,” Paltrow said, according to re/code writer Nellie Bowles.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

But it wasn’t that part of the talk that got Paltrow, voted one of the most hated celebs, in more trouble online. It was when she compared what happens to celebrities online to war.

“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,” Paltrow said, Bowles wrote. “My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”

Such a comparison hit a sore spot for many who commented on a Huffington Post article.

“She should probably not compare being a celebrity with war since she has no idea at all what being in a war is like and neither does her audience. This is the kind of thing that encourages people to criticize her,” wrote Michael Kelly.

“I'm sure comparing her celebrity problems with war will help fight the trolls. Some people really need a reality check,” wrote Steve Lanham.

Paltrow also compared her journey to having “scabs from your high school wounds being ripped off on a daily basis,” Bowles reported.

“I’ve started to see my particular journey through this as one of the more enlightening journeys of my life. … I really see it as a gift I’ve been given. … When you’ve been made fun of and excoriated and dragged through the mud and lied about for 20 years in front of the world … you actually realize it’s not about you,” Paltrow continued.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved