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Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow’s War Comments

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Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.

Paltrow made her comments Tuesday during a speech at Re/code's first Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

According to the Huffington Post, Paltrow told her audience:

“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. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience."

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain (a decorated Vietnam veteran who spent five years in a POW camp) and the mother of two sons in the military responded angrily via Twitter:

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McCain followed up with another stinging Tweet:

"Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!"

This is definitely not the first time Paltrow has put her Manolos in her mouth. One of her more pretentious gems includes telling Conan O'Brien in 2005:

"I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup."

No response yet from the Paltrow camp on McCain's comments.

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