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Gwyneth Paltrow Lost in Translation

Gwyneth may split her time in London and the states since she married Chris Martin, but she still remembers where she comes from. Once again Gwyneth is on the defense for being misunderstood. She recently has come under fire for supposedly telling a Portuguese newspaper that, "The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans." And evidently she is "deeply" upset because she said that her comments were lost in translation. She's now determined to set the record straight. People reports:

"I felt so upset to be completely misconstrued and I never, ever would have said that," says the 34-year-old Oscar winner. "I definitely did not say that I think the British are more intelligent and civilized than Americans. I am a New York girl, that's how I always think of myself and see myself."

As for where the quotes came from, Paltrow says she did not give an interview to the Portuguese daily newspaper, though she did give a press conference – in Spanish – for an endorsement she did in Spain.

"This is what I said. I said that Europe is a much older culture and there's a difference. I always say in America, people live to work and in Europe, people work to live. There are positives in both," says the actress, adding, "Obviously I need to go back to seventh-grade Spanish!"

She also said she was proud to be an American. Gwyneth keeps getting herself into these types of messes. Perhaps it's time to get a translator!


Torquemada Torquemada 10 years
I do love Gwynnie. she may say anything,i don't care she's got a pear instead of brain :)******
i really dont think that any public figure would make a comment like this im a press conference ummm hello thats soo stupid...for someone like gwen who has been in the public eye for SOOO long this would be such an amateur move...something she would never do...and besides shes american sooo if she were to say something like this for real she would be insulting herself and her fam just as much
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
gidget_grl gidget_grl 10 years
Umm did anyone notice that she said she had to go back to 7th grade spanish when it was a portuguese news paper! they don't speak spanish! she is a complete dolt!
ggncally84 ggncally84 10 years
Well as for this I just would like to say for Gwyneth to remember to not bite the hand that feeds her. as an American who has traveled and lived abroad , we hear enough criticism enough..i love the idea of free speech but honey, you chose to be celebrity which comes with some drawbacks.. oh YES everyone will know what you SAID.. keep this to yourself and take the time for more important ventures.. such as "creative" baby names.. perhaps.."lemon or grapefruit" might be a new addition to the family.. So when can we expect to hear the "fake" British accent?
ggncally84 ggncally84 10 years
well as for this i just would like to say for gwyneth to remember to not bite the hand that feeds her. as an American who has traveled and lived abroad , we hear enough criticism as it is..i love the idea of free speech but honey, you chose to be celebrity which comes with some drawbacks.. oh YES everyone will know what you SAID.. keep this to yourself and take the time for more important ventures.. such as "creative" baby names.. perhaps.."lemon or grapefruit" might be a new addition to the family.. so when can we expect to hear the "fake" British accent?.. "cough, cough...Madonna...cough"
Griffin73 Griffin73 10 years
She's going to pay for those remarks in ticket sales. She's already not well liked by many. Now it will be even worse. She'll be doing lifetime movies in a few year anyways. And when her husbunds group can't sell any more records I wonder if she'll dump him because he's not successful anymore. I think she is that shallow. She only cares about the limelight and how she looks in the public. I hope she saved her money because it better keep them warm through the cold front coming. Lord nows she wasn't made a hit movie in a while. She only does Artsy crap these days like Wes Anderson pictures. She's so vanilla and plain. Yuck!
sashak sashak 10 years
excatly, Mar. Is it 2008 yet? I just think that she should stand behind her opinions or explain them or elaborate on them, not make excuses...
Imabeliever Imabeliever 10 years
I hear you mar....
mar mar 10 years
" think we idiots "- that was a mistake LOL
mar mar 10 years
well it is true there is more culture in Europe, America is the "new world" , so naturally we have less history and culture. To be honest, Gwynnie's remarks started AFTER G.W. came in office, and I too am ebarrassed by this regime. Call me unpatriotic if you want, I LOVE AMERICA, but I do not like who is running the joint and I certainly can see how other countries think we idiots. We have an idiot running the country, and WE(not) elected him. America has been built on materialistic values. Sorry if I have offended anyone.
nyarce nyarce 10 years
here here sashak ... i am totally with you on that! *nance*
sashak sashak 10 years
I don't give a tinker's damn about what this concited elitist woman thinks! Sure the US isn't perfect (I'll be the 1st to admit that!). But yeah, why is she bemoaning her lack of Spanish? It was a PORTUGUESE magazine!! Portugeuse & Spanish are close in writing, but not when spoken. If she really thinks what she said, then she should stand behind it & not give some lame BS excuse about mis-translation
SWEET-C9363 SWEET-C9363 10 years
how many times is she been "misquoted" bashing america... we get it gwynnie your not a fan.
vmruby vmruby 10 years
I agree word for word with griffin73's post. I could care less about what her's or anyone else's opinion of americans is.It is definitely not going to cause me to regret being what i am and where i live. As for Gwen I still think she's a friggin moron. Yes, people are very much entitled to their thoughs and opinions, but sometimes you just need to know when the hell to shut your piehole.........
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
Gwenyth can say if she like the UK more fine whatever but I always felt like she was a snotty concieted woman.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
meh, i liked living in japan way better than here. i think there's nothing wrong with having preferences and opinions.
Amethyst Amethyst 10 years
Johnny Dep did the same thing after he got criticized for comparing the French to the Americans (and insulting Americans). Once he realized what he said he came back with all these defensive remarks... raspberries :-p to both Dep & Paltrow
YummiSushi YummiSushi 10 years
LaurenG, take some solace in knowing that most people don't consider Chicago to be in the "midwest". I don't know why that is, but for some reason the rest of Illinois is. *Southside baby!!*
Hollygolitely Hollygolitely 10 years
She said the same bad stuff about America to other magazines in other countries. She is lying now and that is just sad. I hope the other countries she's slamming America to are printing what she is saying to PEOPLE. It would be awesome if they called her out on her lie. I haven't liked her since the last time she trashed americans.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 10 years
hahahhahaha, maybe she has a love/hate relationship with america-- weirder things have happened. She is entitled to her opinion, I could give two shits about it.... but the comment, "midwesterners are not cultured"? I DO take offense to that, since when is chicago a non-cultured city!? I am no midwestern-farmers daughter. ;)
Kgirl99 Kgirl99 10 years
she is lying now. she speaks fluent spanish, having spent a time in spain as an exchange student, and she has spoken fluent spanish on a few interview shows on tv. plus, why would a press conference for a portugese newspaper be in spanish and not portugese or english? her story doesn't make much sense.
YummiSushi YummiSushi 10 years
She messed up, but, what most people don't know is that trash talking America is like a national sport in most other countries (second only to soccer). Everywhere I go, people are like "are you american?" as I wait in line at a restaurant/call a cab/go to a bar and then proceed to read me the riot act on why we are ALL so awful. So when an American goes and disses their own overseas, it's like gas on the fire.
Griffin73 Griffin73 10 years
I can't stand her and her monotone drab voice. It matches her plain personality. She is a snob. She is an elitist who has never really had to work hard for anything in her life. She does even know what is like to be a real American and work for a living to provide for her family. She needs to get her nose out of the air and start seeing things for what they really are. England can have, we don't want her back. Both her and Madonna. Yuck!
Jinx Jinx 10 years
Ima, I agree. I watch this from the outside, but it seems, Americans treat celebrities (or whoever?) that speak about things they don't like about the States, like traitors. Its kind of scary, considering one of the great things about America is supposed to be free speech. ~Procrastinate Now! Don't Put It Off~ (Ellen)
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