Gwyneth Paltrow Revealed a Double Standard When Asked About Being 'The Most Hated Celebrity'

June 30th 2016

Laura Donovan

Gwyneth Paltrow is known for being an easy target in the media. For years, her e-commerce site Goop has drawn criticism for being out of touch and selling products that most people can't afford, and she recently came under fire for saying she'd rather smoke crack than consume cheese out of a can.

Paltrow, however, doesn't understand why she is so unlikable compared to other celebrities who have behaved poorly in the public eye. Speaking to BBC News’ HardTalk host Stephen Sackur at this year’s Cannes Lions festival, Paltrow expressed incredulity that she was ranked the "Most Hated Celebrity" by Star Magazine in 2013.

"First of all, I was like, 'I'm the most hated celebrity? More than, like, Chris Brown?'" Paltrow said, according to E! News. "What did I do?"

Brown, who was convicted of beating his former girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, ranked twentieth on the list.

Paltrow acknowledged that many view her as "privileged," having grown up with famous parents, actress Blythe Danner and the late producer Bruce Paltrow.

In her conversation with Sackur, Paltrow inadvertently pointed out a double standard facing certain women in the public eye.

At the time that she was voted the most hated celebrity, many people criticized Paltrow for her lavish celebrity lifestyle and for promoting expensive items on her website.

However, as annoying as Paltrow's behavior may have seemed to many in 2013, she did not have a violent history, unlike Brown.

The R&B star had made headlines for attacking Rihanna and throwing a fit and breaking a window on the set of "Good Morning America." In 2012, Brown and friends of the rapper Drake reportedly got into a bar brawl over Rihanna.

Paltrow isn't the only female celebrity to receive disproportionate hate compared to a male celebrity who has arguably behaved in a worse manner. In 2015, The Hollywood Reporter studied data by Q Scores, a company that polls people in the U.S. about their thoughts on celebrities. Comparing scores from 2015 to 2013, they found that comedian Bill Cosby had the biggest fall from grace, with his negative score jumping 43 points. Singer Ariana Grande ranked second, with a 26 point increase.


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At the time of the Q Scores polling, dozens of women had accused him of sexual assault. In summer 2015, 35 women spoke to New York Magazine about being assaulted by Cosby.

Meanwhile, Grande's biggest public relations disaster was licking a doughnut and saying "I hate America," prompting a flood of hate comments and criticism on social media.

Like her or not, Paltrow may have a point. It doesn't take much for the public to turn their back on female celebrities.