Gwyneth Paltrow has compared being the target of negative comments on the Internet to being physically injured in a war.
The Iron Man star made the comments in an interview with Re/code. “The Internet is an amazing opportunity, socially,” she began. “[But] it’s culturally acceptable to be an anonymous commenter… It’s culturally acceptable to say, ‘I’m just going to take all of my internal pain and externalize it anonymously.'”
“You come across (online comments) about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing,” the 41-year-old added. “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing … My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
“I see myself as a chalkboard or a whiteboard or a screen, and someone is just putting up their own projection on it,” she continued. “It has nothing to do with me.”
“Celebrities, we’ve always gotten stones thrown at us and, you know, for good reason: We’re annoying,” Gwyneth elaborated.
Adding, “Some of us look okay, we look like we have money, our lives seem great. That may or may not be the case … Nevertheless, we get it. Or, at the very least, we expect that it’s part and parcel to what we do. Anyone in any field who has their head rise above a poppy in the field, they get their heads chopped off. It’s our human nature to feel that way, and to do it … Everybody takes s**t, it’s just the way it is.”