Busy Philipps has never figured that much onto my radar before, but she just became my new favorite person after calling out Gwyneth Paltrow for her ridiculous quotes about working moms.
In case you’re not up-to-date, Gwyneth put her foot in her mouth a few weeks ago by claiming that spending time on set as an actor is not only comparable to, but actually more difficult than being a traditional working mom.
“It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it difficult because … for me, like if I miss a school run, they are like, ‘Where were you?’ I don’t like to be the lead so I don’t [have] to work every day, you know, I have little things that I like and obviously I want it to be good and challenging and interesting and be with good people and that kind of thing … I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
You know, because notoriously one of the hardest things about being a mom is working part time, being able to set your own schedule, making millions of dollars for what you do, making you able to afford top-tier help, and having an able-bodied co-parent in the exact same situation. It’s hard all over, Gwyneth. We obviously called her out, as did the rest of the internet, and Angelina Jolie by proxy, just for saying much smarter things about celebrity motherhood.
But Busy is the first person so far to call her out by name on how off-kilter and absurd her statements were, and for that she deserves many standing ovations. In an interview with HuffPo Live, Busy says she has ‘nothing to complain about’, and when asked directly about Gwyneth’s statement, she responds:
“God bless her, she really just says what she feels. That’s her reality. That’s her truth. It’s just not mine. I have a different reality and a different truth.”
YES. Yes yes yes, right off the bat. First of all, the phrase ‘god bless her’ is amazing and perfect in this context, and second of all, you’re goddamn right that Gwyneth has a different reality and a different truth. And none of the rest of us
get have to live there.
“I don’t ever feel like I have to stop myself from complaining about how hard it is to be an actress. As a parent, I have it made. I’m on a TV show where my hiatus is [my kids'] summer, so I’m free to be with them in the summer time. I’m able to afford full-time help because of what I do. My husband also works, and my nanny makes my life doable and so easy.”
Yup. That’s right. That’s the way to talk abotu a lifestyle and a career that’s incredibly conducive to parenting. Get it, Busy. You rock.