Of all the adjectives one might use to describe the famous designer daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, “ghetto” is probably pretty far down the list…unless you’re Gwyneth Paltrow, that is.
In a recent New York Times article on the fashion career of Stella McCartney, longtime friend Paltrow described her thusly:
I’ve actually never seen someone go from such a free spirit to such a kind of beautifully conventional, hard-working life as a wife and mother. She was in full fun mode when I met her, and I just fell in love with her. She was shockingly honest. I always say there’s this kind of hidden ghetto side to Stella. She’s tough. She doesn’t back down from someone who might have less to lose than her.
Are people really trying to use “ghetto” as some sort of neutral descriptor nowadays? No, I’m pretty sure it’s just Gwyneth. I know she’s friends with Bey-Z and all, but there are so many other ways she could’ve called her friend “tough” without comparing her to a specific kind of low-income existence neither she, nor the person she was describing, knows anything about. This ties into the larger issue people have with her, namely, that she insists on pretending her imported acai berries and backyard brick pizza ovens are practical, down-to-earth suggestions and not insane, rich person luxuries. Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Gwyn.