Gwyneth Paltrow was at the Code Conference in California to promote her lifestyle brand Goop, when she said in an interview, â€œYou come across online comments about yourself and about your friends, and itâ€™s a very dehumanizing thing. Itâ€™s almost like, how in war, you go through this bloody dehumanizing thing and then something is defined out of it.â€
Hereâ€™s a response to Ms. Paltrow from Green Beret Bryan Sikes, a good friend of Doug Giles, ClashDaily chief:
By Bryan Sikes, SFC, USA
Clash Daily Guest Columnist
To Miss Paltrow,
Iâ€™d first like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you donâ€™t know.
I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you.
Youâ€™ve hit the nail on the head, war is exactly like that.
You should receive a medal for the burden you have carried on your shoulders due to these meanies on social media.
You said, â€œIts almost like, how in war, you go through this bloody dehumanizing thing and then something is defined out of it.â€
I could see how you, and others like you in â€œthe bizâ€, could be so insecure and mentally weak that you could pair the difficulty of your life on twitter to my brothers who have had their limbs ripped off and seen their friends shot, blown up, burned and disfigured, or wake up every morning in pain â€“ while just starting the day is a challenge.
How about our wives?
The ones that sign on to be there for us through thick and thin, that help us to shake the hardships of war upon our return?
And do all this while being mothers to our kids, keeping bills in order because we are always gone, and keeping our lives glued together.
They do all this, by the way, without a team of accountants, nannyâ€™s, personal assistants, and life coaches.
Yeah, reading a mean tweet is just like all that.