Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow Under Fire

01 Jun 2014

Actress suffers backlash after comparing being cyber-bullyied to war

Outspoken Gwyneth who has more than 135,000 websites devoted to her obnoxious quotes like “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup‑a-Soup” seems to have waded into yet another controversy after comparing being bullied online to being in a war zone during a speech earlier this week.

The Iron Man actress and founder of lifestyle website hit headlines when she compared the cyber-bullying she and fellow celeb friends endure as public figures to a military conflict, saying at a tech conference, "It's almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing."

Citing the fact that the worst faceless strangers can do is hurt her feelings, veterans and their families have reacted angrily. Cindy McCain, wife of former U.S. Presidential candidate and Vietnam War vet John McCain who was taken prisoner and suffered five and half years of abuse during the conflict, vented on "Gwyneth Paltrow is a joke. Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My two sons serving in the military should talk to her. Perhaps Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a red carpet in her mind I guess!"

U.S. Army Sergeant Bryan Sikes vented his frustration in an open letter on, concluding, "You know what is really 'dehumanising', Miss Paltrow? The fact that you'd even consider that your life as an 'A-list' celebrity reading internet comments could even compare to war and what is endured on the battlefield. Let me be the first to burst your bubble: a long line at Starbucks, your driver being 3 minutes late, a scuff mark on your $1200 shoes and a mean tweet do not constitute difficulty in the eyes of a soldier."

There has been no comment from the Paltrow camp which has recently weathered much-ridicule over her coining her divorce from Coldplay front-man Chris Martin as a “conscious uncoupling,” her attempts to allegedly gag associates from talking to Vanity Fair magazine about a rumoured ‘take-down’ and diva-esque behaviour.