human behavior

Gwyneth Paltrow speaks English

Posted in American Culture & Politics by humanb on December 4, 2006

Gwyneth Paltrow is quoted as saying in one Portuguese magazine on Saturday:

I love the English lifestyle, it’s not as capitalistic as America. People don’t talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner…. I like living here because I don’t fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans.

Paltrow goes on to call Madonna “like an older sister” who “gives me good advice”. Interesting. But Paltrow may be on to something, because for the past 10 years, we’ve spent the equivalent of 2 minimum-wage working hours per ticket, to go see her movies, and make her the star she is today. Idiot Americans.

But seriously, anyone who makes such sweeping and asinine claims about the intelligence and behavior of 300 million Americans, based on her interactions with certain London circles (and Madonna), is herself a nimcompoop. This shouldn’t even need to be said. But apparently it does.

What a nimcompoop.

UPDATE: Paltrow claims she was misquoted, says she is proud and lucky to be an American, and jokes that she may need to brush up on her Spanish skills. The remarks were made in Spanish at a press conference, not to a Portuguese newspaper. Hmmm…

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  1. Conderosa said, on December 5, 2006 at 4:15 am

    I hope the Brits patronize her movies so that she can continue to live the type of lifestyle that Americans, like myself, have paid for. In the future I plan to shy away from her movies and invest my entertainment dollars on an actress who appreciates American fans.

    What a put down. And yes I agree, from a nincompoop.

    I wonder if Madonna advised her on this comment.

  2. humanb said, on December 5, 2006 at 7:48 am

    Madonna may have, as she has made comparisons before. I remember her remarking how much more safe she felt in London compared to New York – right before her jewelry was stolen from her English home.

    Many people would think we are both overreacting by say, shying away from Paltrow’s movies – afterall, many of our favorite performers in film history were not the kind of people we would like (or that would like us). Our critics would have an argument there. But Gwyneth is no Meryl Streep, and I don’t believe I would be the poorer for missing her films.

    And let’s face it, celebrity drives so many movies in Hollywood, not sript quality or good direction. In the absence of a quality script and director, I see no reason to see Paltrow’s films either.

    What a nimcompoop.


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