Gwyneth Paltrow: Trolls Are 'Dehumanizing,' Like War

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Thursday, 29 May 2014 05:27 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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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.

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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.

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