skip to main content









Donation Heart Ribbon

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


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:


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.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.


Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | May 29, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

As someone who is highly critical of military culture which I think tends to be draconian, I have to say that in this incidence I agree with Ms. McCain.

Paltrow is completely out of touch, and she has made ridiculous comments like this before.

It must be really a hard life for her, being wealthy and not having to worry about finances or how she will pay for healthcare like many returning vets have to.

I'd gladly be "trolled" on the internet in exchange for her wealth.

She's an idiot.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | May 29, 2014 at 1:12 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Maybe it was just hyperbole. I'm sure one could google similar comments.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | May 29, 2014 at 2:21 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Yes MA, Hyperbole, but done in very poor taste. I would be similarly dismissive of someone who claimed to be enslaved by their employer or said that they would rather be physically stabbed through the heart than suffer through a breakup.

A princess may indeed be able to feel the pea under her mattress but that does not mean she has anything worthwhile to say.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | May 29, 2014 at 3:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago


I would add athletes who use war clichés to describe their performances. GP is a spoiled brat who was dropped onto 3rd base by her godfather, Stephen Spielberg. The fact that anyone takes what she says seriously speaks more to our lame obsession with no-talent celebrities than it does about her. WGAF what she says. Extra added richness: She made her comments in Rancho Palos Verdes. Enough said.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | May 30, 2014 at 7:16 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

rule of thumb, never pay attention to what an airhead attention seeking entertainer has to say.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Robey'

Robey | May 30, 2014 at 8:24 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

It's a metaphor, a common one at that. Maybe Cindy spent too much time at target practice or bible study instead of doin some book lernin. Get a grip Cindy! She didn't specifically mean to say she was dealing with real bullets! Although there's another good metaphor...

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'cartographie'

cartographie | May 30, 2014 at 9:09 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

I think the bigger joke is that Re/Code included her in their line-up. According to their website -

Code Conference is where top industry influencers in media and technology gather for in-depth conversations about the impact of digital technology on our lives and our businesses, today and in the future. Executive producers and conference creators Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher go head to head with the same caliber of industry luminaries who shared their stage at the D conference.

Really? Gwyneth Paltrow is an expert on the impact of digital technology on our lives? Digital tech luminary?

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 30, 2014 at 12:17 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

All it takes to "outrage" Cindi McCain is a single odd comment from a snobby has-been movie star? Wow.

Either she has some issues or is living a far too easy life.

Perhaps she should spend more time keeping the "outrage" of her deranged husband from starting another useless war.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | May 30, 2014 at 1:35 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Good comment DLR.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'sdreefer21'

sdreefer21 | May 31, 2014 at 10:29 p.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

Wars arent useless. They have given us several entertaining shows such as towing wars, whale wars, and storage wars. Whilst i don't watch any of them I can see how one might find them entertaining.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'RegularChristian'

RegularChristian | June 2, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. ― 2 years, 10 months ago

She's a great actress. I love her movies.

( | suggest removal )