An Idiot Speaks

Silly expatriate Gwyneth Paltrow disses her native country once more:

In a new interview which is sure to irk her best friend Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow has criticised Americans for allowing their Blackberries to interfere with family life.

Hailing her ‘second home’ of Spain for putting family first, Gwyneth complains her native New Yorkers are too concerned with their work to fully immerse themselves in their family.

Her comments come a year after her close friend Madonna admitted she sleeps with her Blackberry beside her.

Gwyneth compared Spanish culture to American during a recent interview she conducted in fluent Spanish.

In a new interview which is sure to irk her American fans, Gwyneth belittles her native country’s 223 years of history compared to the older nation of Spain.

The Oscar winner fell in love with the country when she spent a month living with a family in Talavera de la Reina in central Spain when she was 15.

Speaking in Spanish, she said: ‘When I was 15, I went to a small town outside Talavera de la Reina and I had the most wonderful experience. It really changed my life.

‘Spain became a second home. It 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.

Oh the poor United States! It’s only had its stupid Constitution since 1787, while Spain’s historic constitutional monarchy stretches back to 1975.

But wait, there’s more:

‘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.’

With 18.1% unemployment, of course, many Spaniards have a lot of time to spend with their families. Apart from this, there are other places in the United States besides Los Angeles and New York. In some of them, people actually relax and spend time with their families too. Perhaps she should visit them sometime. But I doubt that Miss Paltrow, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow, knows those Americans except as insignificant insects her bodyguards push out of the way for her.

This isn’t the first time that Fishstick has complained to the foreign press that her fellow citizens aren’t to her taste. In 2006 she told a Portugese newspaper that “I don’t fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans. I love the English lifestyle. I’m not as capitalistic as America.” She later backtracked, but said, “I always say in America, people live to work and in Europe, people work to live,” revealing more ignorance about anyone outside her select milieu.

Well, at the age of 36, Miss Paltrow is past her shelf life as a Hollywood actress. She’ll have plenty of time to relax in her Iberian paradise. Enjoy yourself, Gwynnie. Don’t call us and we’ll forget about you.

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