Iron Man actor Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, recently doubled down on her support for Black Lives Matter and believes it is destroying the “paradigm of patriarchy of white men.”
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While the original interview has been taken down, Paltrow’s comments have still been reported. She stated, ““I think we’re laying the groundwork for the change, I think the #MeToo movement was a big part of that change, I think Black Lives Matter is part of that change, I think what we are saying collectively as a culture and as a society is, ‘We are done with that paradigm of patriarchy of White men.'”
Paltrow added, “And I think patriarchy itself — it sort of feels like it’s cracking and is starting to embrace a much wider variety of voices and races and genders.”
She would go on to comment about why she believes the destruction of this paradigm systematically is good, “And it’s good that it’s happening systemically, because I’ll tell you, by the time my daughter is in the workforce, like, those girls are not going to stand for it.”
She continued, “I honestly, like, when I see my daughter with her friends, they are so empowered, they have, and I mean this word in the best possible way, they have a sense of entitlement that’s beautiful, it’s not spoiled, it’s, like, ‘No, we are here for what the boys are gonna get too.'”
“I find it very uplifting and heartening that we all seem to be going in this direction together,” Paltrow said.
Paltrow’s support for Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo is not new. Paltrow accused now-convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct in a New York Times piece in 2017.
As reported by the Times, “[Weinstein] summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully. It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said.”
They would specifically quote Paltrow saying, “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified.” Times writers Jodi Kantor and Rachel Abrams would then write that Paltrow “publicly disclos[ed] that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award.”
As for her support for Black Lives Matter, she made it very clear in an Instagram post back in June.
In the post, Paltrow wrote, “BLACK LIVES MATTER. The movement for black lives is about preserving BLACK LIFE. There are real systemic barriers to the safety and preservation of black life. It’s about dismantling a system that is unfit to serve black and brown birthing people.”
Paltrow would then share a statement from Latham Thomas that specifically cites differences between pregnant black women and others in the United States writing, “In U.S there is a complex history of racial and ethnic bias that renders women of color and black women especially vulnerable during pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period. Its not an issue of race, its racism.”
“There are systemic inequities that lead to such disparities: poor access to adequate health care and insurance, medical racism, food deserts, red-lining and lack of intra-community resources, lack of generational economic mobility,” she continued.
Latham then wrote, “Medical racism means black women are often neglected, micro-agressed, under diagnosed, untreated, dismissed, and perceived to have a higher pain tolerance than white women.”
She continued, “This belief dates back to the 1700s in medical journals that described enslaved black women. Black women are statistically more likely to experience comorbid illnesses and pregnancy complications, including higher rates of hypertension, asthma, placental disorders, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. These factors are exacerbated by the lived experience of racism.”
Latham then goes on to discuss “intergenerational trauma.” She explains, “Chronic stress and intergenerational trauma impacts our health and wellbeing. Higher education, economic stability and access to prenatal care improves the birth outcomes for white women but these factors don’t protect black women from maternal mortality, just ask Serena Williams who nearly died after her daughter’s birth.”
She finally concluded, “We should all be furious that Black women are dying from preventable pregnancy-related causes. Until black maternal health is front and center as a human rights issue- it will only be seen as a black issue. If you consider yourself a feminist, an ally- this is your issue too. This is a problem for all of us.
Paltrow has also published an entire Black Lives Matter statement to her wellness company Goop’s website. Not only is there a statement, but it also encourages individuals to donate to various associations including the Minnesota Freedom Fund, the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, the NYC Bail Fund, and The Bail Project that raise funds to post bail for individuals who have been arrested.
It also encourages individuals to support the Black Lives Matter organization that advocates for the defunding of police departments.
Not only do they want to defund the police, but they also want to dismantle the police.
The Black Lives Matter statement written by Goop’s senior beauty editor Megan O’Neill and Goop’s senior features editor Simone Kitchens begins, “Black lives matter. It’s worth repeating—until the day it never needs to be pointed out again. The most recent examples of police brutality are heart-sickening, devastating, and impossible to ignore if you’re a human being. But it’s not new; it’s everyday life for people of color.”
It goes on to insinuate that black people are not able to enjoy a jog or watch birds in the park, “Being able to go for a jog, watch birds in the park, relax at home, drive your car, walk on the street without getting sidelong glances, eat at a restaurant, be angry, ask for help: These are things we should all be able to do without the threat of being shot, arrested, or killed.”
The statement then claims that black Americans do not have the same freedoms as other Americans, “We’re all here trying to do the same things—support our families, thrive at work, fall in love, take care of ourselves, learn, feel, live, and die—but so many of us in this country live a totally different reality, without those basic freedoms.”
The statement goes on to provide advice for white people, “If you’re white, that means being aware of the privilege that you’re born into and walk around with, and then using it to break down the barriers between us. And all of us—today, this week, every single day—can be part of the change. There are so many ways to meaningfully show up: standing up for what you believe in at a protest, donating, and educating yourself on how to better support Black friends, neighbors, and businesses.”
What do you make of Paltrow’s recent comments?