Gwyneth Paltrow Compares Surviving Internet Trolling to a War

Speaking at Code Conference where she swore GOOP is making money, Paltrow had something to say about you mouth-breathing keyboard warriors. “Stop projecting, bro!”

“It’s taken me a long time to get to the point where I can see these things and not take it as a personal affront and a hurt. I see myself as a chalkboard or a whiteboard or a screen, and someone is just putting up their own projection on it,” she said.

“It has nothing to do with me. They have an internal object, and they’re putting it on me. I kind of look at it as, ‘Wow this is an interesting social experiment.’ You’re talking about a blind stranger having feelings about you. It can only be projection.”

When the conversation turned to the trolling she receives online, she told the haters to look within themselves. You can see how this is not going to end well for her.

“Our culture is trying to wrestle with the idea that everybody has a voice, and how it’s unimportant and really important at the same time,” said Paltrow. “We’re in this very adolescent phase. It’s dangerous, [because] we lack the capacity to say, ‘Why does this matter to me, and who am I in this?’ ‘Why am I having opinions about Angelina Jolie’s operation?’ ‘What is unhealed in me?’ ‘Why am I using the Internet to do this?’”

She then compared the experience of reading those mean comments to surviving a war. Every time someone calls her a frigid bitch, her PTSD flares up.

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it,” she said. “My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”

This year may be a tipping point for Internet trolls, she hopes: “It’s almost like we’re being given this test: Can you regulate yourself? Can you grow from this? Can you learn? You can make it as bloody as you want to, but is that the point?”

You know why people don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow? Because not only does she speak in such hyperbole that it’s become ridiculous, but there’s always an air of superiority to everything she says. It’s as if Paltrow is on that higher plane of consciousness scoffing at us unenlightened ones as she puts on her $500 striped tee (featured in this week’s GOOP newsletter!).

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