Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams came to the defense of actress Gwyneth Paltrow after Huffington Post blogger Keli Goff suggested that the actress’ success was due to her privileged upbringing.
Goff recently wrote an article criticizing Gwyneth Paltrow for claiming “everything in my life that’s good is because [she] worked [her] ass off to get it and to maintain it.” Goff argued that Paltrow is “under the delusion that she earned everything that she has, and then has the audacity to gloat about it.”
For some odd reason, Adams felt the need to defend the actress on his blog, and even implied that Goff and Paltrow were one and the same:
“It’s worth noting, in the interest of context, that Goff was born with a few advantages herself. She’s beautiful, smart and apparently had the resources she needed to make it through NYU and go on to get her master’s degree at Columbia University. If you ask Goff what made her successful, would she credit her hard work and leave out her other obvious advantages? Or would she answer honestly and say, ‘I worked hard for what I’ve achieved, but it didn’t hurt that I’m a brilliant, smoking-hot African-American woman in 2011.’ I’m just saying that people don’t generally talk about their advantages. To do so would be … wait for it … gloating.”
Goff did not disregard Paltrow’s work ethic or accomplishments; she simply highlighted that growing up with two rich parents in Hollywood clearly gives you a leg up on others. It is, in fact, absurd for Paltrow to completely disregard her upbringing as being a factor in her success. And last time we checked, being a smart and driven black woman was much more of a challenge than being someone who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
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