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Why people love to hate Gwyneth Paltrow

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was a guest on Wednesday for BBC New’s Hardtalk hosted by Stephen Sackur, and she finally opens up about how it feels being named “The most hated celebrity” on a list published by the Star magazine in 2013.

If part of the intention of that list creation was to give the celebrities a chance to change to their fans’ liking, it seems that after three years since given the title Gwyneth Paltrow remains clueless and uninformed.

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“First of all, I was like, ‘I’m the most hated celebrity? More than, like, Chris Brown?’ What did I do? … All I can do is be my authentic self, and if you know me, then you know who I am and that I have fun and eat and am so appreciative for my life. But I think there are things about me that make people draw conclusions.” Paltrow said.

It’s hard to come up with reasons why she could be more disliked than Chris Brown, who plead guilty to assaulting her girlfriend Rihanna.

But what is it that makes people really hate on Gwyneth Paltrow?

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Interviews conducted say, she talks too much. Well, it really isn’t about the talking itself, but she tends to make insensitive comments that irk people, such as when she said, “I am who I am; I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.” Or, after she married Coldplay singer Chris Martin, moved to London and grew a British accent and said, “I don’t fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans.”

She’s fortunate to be brought up in a loving and financially comfortable life, but does she really have to talk about her expensive meals or 24-karat gold dildo and £295 whip?

Perhaps people could be jealous. She’s beautiful and highly successful. She probably makes people feel bad about themselves and insecure.

In her blog GOOP, she often talks about lifestyle and how to be like her, assuming people would want that. There tends to be some mismatch with her views versus the real world and she acts like an authority over things. Perhaps what people don’t like is how she feels she gets to talk like that considering that she’s lived a well-sheltered life.

Gwyneth Paltrow said she’d rather remain authentic, and refuses to apologize for she is, as should be the case. “All I can do is be my authentic self, and if you know me, then you know who I am and that I have fun and eat and am so appreciative for my life. But I think there are things about me that make people draw conclusions.”

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