Wow, what a crazy week. I usually only half pay attention to non business related news during the week. I would rather pay attention to my family and fitness related things but two events played out this week that have me talking.
1. Gwyneth Paltrow’s remarks about “other working moms”. Here’s what she said:
I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, “We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,” and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.
Wow. *shaking my head* Can we first start with the question her publicist must have asked her…
What did you think would come of a statement like that?
Did she think we moms would be like “oh wow, poor Gwyennie. What a rough life?!” What she did do by dropping this little statement is remind us all how disconnected from reality some movie stars can be.
And to be honest, I don’t even know why I let it bother me. I could care less what she has to say but I think I just feel like she cheapens the work we all do. There is nothing easy about being a mom, we all work our asses off, weather you work in the home or out. The idea of a routine is as much of a four letter word in my house as the word balance. I work hard to achieve it but at the end of the day, it always feels unattainable and that’s ok.
I shouldn’t let it bother me but I’m just floored. I mean really…really!? Gwyneth, you have isolated yourself from the very market that would go to your movies. Nice work!
2. Self Magazine’s mocking runner’s in tutu’s.
I think we’ve all seen and heard about this and again, I’m just floored. I’m floored that someone or something, such as Self Magazine could be so out of touch with the very people who support them. Where was their PR/Marketing team when they reviewed the magazine. Why didn’t someone say..
Hmm…we have a lot of runners in our reader base…maybe we shouldn’t run this.
Aside from the fact that they mocked an amazingly strong, courageous, beautiful, inspirational runner who looks damn good in a tutu, they misled her in the process. I’m so disgusted by the fact that they misled her to believe that they were going to do a positive piece on her business that creates tutu’s but instead turned it around and mocked her and the tutu’s calling them “lame”.
I’m sorry, you can apologize all you want but you have shown your true colors and that is not ok with me. The thing I love about running is that runners come in all shapes and sizes and are free to run in whatever we want. The second we start judging and tearing each other down, we lose.
Sorry Self, I don’t have any tolerance for negativity. Subscription….Cancelled. Tutu…Ordered!
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I guess to Gwyneth and Self, let’s go back to the lessons we learned in kindergarten.
“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”
What do you think of Gwyneth’s statement or the Self piece?