Gwyneth Paltrow has just made another internet enemy — and this one is prepared for real-world combat.
“Iron Man” actress Paltrow — who angered many earlier this week when she compared dealing with internet haters to being in war, has found herself in the sights of a Green Beret who calls out Paltrow as “narcissistic” and “laughable.”
In an open letter published on Clash Daily, Brian Sikes slams the actress for the comparison.
“I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you,” Sikes writes. “You’ve hit the nail on the head, war is exactly like that. You should receive a medal for the burden you have carried on your shoulders due to these meanies on social media.”
During a tech conference hosted by Re/Code, Paltrow lamented that she had to endure cruel words written about her by others on the internet, saying, “It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”
Sikes went on to offer his own example of a dehumanizing experience.
“You know what is really ‘dehumanizing,’ 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. You and the other ‘A-listers’ that think like you are laughable,” Sikes wrote. “You all have actually convinced yourselves that you in some way face difficulty on a regular basis. 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.”
Sikes is far from the only person to take exception to Paltrow’s comparison. Cindy McCain, wife of Arizona senator John McCain, took the actress to task on Twitter, writing, “Perhaps Gweneth [sic] Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!”