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Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Comparisons of Spain and America

Are You Bothered by Gwyneth's Comments About America?

Gwyneth Paltrow is at it again, this time comparing the lifestyle and culture of Spain, where she filmed her PBS series, to America. The actress has found herself having to backtrack in the past when she's talked up Europe in ways that put down the United States, but that doesn't seem to stop her. She said,

"[Spain] is so different from the United States. It seemed to have a history, and the buildings are years and years and years old. Here in the United States an old building is about 17 (years old), and over there it's from 500 B.C., it's incredible. Also, the way people live over there. They seem to enjoy life a little bit more. They aren't running around as much as in New York. They enjoy time with the family. They don't always have their Blackberries on."

This isn't the first time Gwyneth has compared American culture to other countries, but tell us — are you bothered by her comments?

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reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
i don't find her comments overtly offensive. it's true in a sense and i often hear those who have visited other countries comment on how our country tends to favor the new. it feels like we're constantly developing land for residential or commercial use. it's not necessarily a good or bad thing. in spain, they have siestas, of course it would seem more relaxed than nyc or la during rush hour! we're a young country and our tendencies do vary from the rest of the world. and as much as i like visiting other places and soaking up different cultures, this is my home.
reesiecup reesiecup 6 years
i don't find her comments overtly offensive. it's true in a sense and i often hear those who have visited other countries comment on how our country tends to favor the new. it feels like we're constantly developing land for residential or commercial use. it's not necessarily a good or bad thing. in spain, they have siestas, of course it would seem more relaxed than nyc or la during rush hour! we're a young country and our tendencies do vary from the rest of the world. and as much as i like visiting other places and soaking up different cultures, this is my home.
clew001 clew001 6 years
people can continue to hate her. blah blah blah. but the US doesn't have culture. i actually agree with her comments.
pargie pargie 6 years
I went to her blog, what does GOOP stand for? And why don't you all like GOOP? I obviously just like typing GOOP.I think Gwyneth is well-meaning, and speaking from her own privileged point of view. My own house is over 70 years old, and so I'm hoping her 17 year old building comment was supposed to be sarcastic.I understand where she is coming from if she is comparing Spain to her own NYC microcosm. But America is full of rich history and culture, albeit newer than others, but that's the beauty of it!She needs to get out and explore more. This is where she could take some notes from Angelina Jolie, who seems to both appreciate the culture of other countries and as well as her own.
pargie pargie 6 years
I went to her blog, what does GOOP stand for? And why don't you all like GOOP? I obviously just like typing GOOP. I think Gwyneth is well-meaning, and speaking from her own privileged point of view. My own house is over 70 years old, and so I'm hoping her 17 year old building comment was supposed to be sarcastic. I understand where she is coming from if she is comparing Spain to her own NYC microcosm. But America is full of rich history and culture, albeit newer than others, but that's the beauty of it! She needs to get out and explore more. This is where she could take some notes from Angelina Jolie, who seems to both appreciate the culture of other countries and as well as her own.
heyxu heyxu 6 years
Whether her comment is accurate or not, why is it expected that she must love America, which in her context is USA, more than any other country?
Amanda-La Amanda-La 6 years
#238 It's really none of your business where I do or don't live. Or why I do or don't live there. Can't I make a comment without everyone going, "get out of America!" Chill out and give me a break. I didn't say I hate America I said I would rather live somewhere else. Not FOREVER just for a while.
Iris1000 Iris1000 6 years
I totally agree with Gwyneth. I've travelled to Europe many times. London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan I found many of the people I met to be welcoming, warm, wonderful and helpful. Many of the women are helpful and sweet. So down to earth. I love Europeans. Also, Canadians are very nice. It is interesting. When I go to Europe, I am a foreigner and they welcome me and treat me very well, and with such interest. When I see foreigners in this country, I love them so much and I welcome them as well. The only place I have been able to experience this type of welcome and warmth in my own country, the U.S., is in the south.Giving of yourself is what enhances life so much. And I find that I am a perfect match with Europeans. So, yes, I think Gwyneth is on target.
Iris1000 Iris1000 6 years
I totally agree with Gwyneth. I've travelled to Europe many times. London, Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan I found many of the people I met to be welcoming, warm, wonderful and helpful. Many of the women are helpful and sweet. So down to earth. I love Europeans. Also, Canadians are very nice. It is interesting. When I go to Europe, I am a foreigner and they welcome me and treat me very well, and with such interest. When I see foreigners in this country, I love them so much and I welcome them as well. The only place I have been able to experience this type of welcome and warmth in my own country, the U.S., is in the south. Giving of yourself is what enhances life so much. And I find that I am a perfect match with Europeans. So, yes, I think Gwyneth is on target.
ponyluv ponyluv 6 years
I've lived in Germany, studied in France, and last year vacationed in Spain. There is just no way around it. Europe IS cultured, and rich in traditions. I agree w/ her 100%. Even if I never lived there, I'd think the same thing. Every time I come back from vacation to the US, it's just different. (Obviously there are pros here too...) It feels plain and generic a lot of times. Anyway, bravo to GP for saying that. She IS married to a Brit after all. What else would she think?
gerrian gerrian 6 years
yep, there's nothing wrong with what she (all of us) says. :D
manakineko manakineko 6 years
I agree 100% with her.Truth is we are a much younger country than those in Europe. And their way of life is different. There are always exceptions in less urban places but I understand the point she is making.I don't understand why everybody picks on Gwenyth Paltrow. I adore her. (Eve if I didn't I'd still agree with her.
manakineko manakineko 6 years
I agree 100% with her. Truth is we are a much younger country than those in Europe. And their way of life is different. There are always exceptions in less urban places but I understand the point she is making. I don't understand why everybody picks on Gwenyth Paltrow. I adore her. (Eve if I didn't I'd still agree with her.
haute77 haute77 6 years
it's fashionable to think and say europe is better than the US for some reason. it's easy to say something is better when you're a white, priviledged, rich, and famous celebrity. many countries in europe do not embrace other cultures at all. i'm blessed to live in a country where i feel welcome (most of the time). i wouldn't be anywhere without the opportunities i've been given living in such a great country like the US. we have our problems of course, but i love that we have a young culture. we have innovation because of it.
willowgerl willowgerl 6 years
And I do agree with her about the Crackberry thing. That's just damn annoying.
willowgerl willowgerl 6 years
I agree with the comments above that it's really comparing apples to oranges, and the old world and the new world are both full of their own unique strengths and weaknesses. And it's totally fine to prefer one over the other. Gwen is entitled to her own opinion, regardless of whether I think she's an idiot or not (I think she's an idiot, for many reasons, but not this one.) But I'm always amazed at people who insist that America "has no culture." I've not had the opportunity travel to Europe yet but I've lived in and traveled extensively all over Asia, the South Pacific and India. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to see all 50 states and learn about the myriad cultures within our own nation. So, you people don't get out much do you? You sure don't sound like it.
willowgerl willowgerl 6 years
I agree with the comments above that it's really comparing apples to oranges, and the old world and the new world are both full of their own unique strengths and weaknesses. And it's totally fine to prefer one over the other. Gwen is entitled to her own opinion, regardless of whether I think she's an idiot or not (I think she's an idiot, for many reasons, but not this one.) But I'm always amazed at people who insist that America "has no culture." I've not had the opportunity travel to Europe yet but I've lived in and traveled extensively all over Asia, the South Pacific and India. I've also been blessed with the opportunity to see all 50 states and learn about the myriad cultures within our own nation. So, you people don't get out much do you? You sure don't sound like it.
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