Though some might find it bad manners to publicly bash someone else's party, Gwyneth Paltrow confided to a reporter she thought the Met Gala was a hot mess.
"It was so un-fun," she told USA Today. "It was boiling."
That perspective could be refreshingly honest to fans who see the Met Gala as one of the most fabulous social events of the year. Could it really be true the celebrities who attend such lavish parties are secretly hot, bored and miserable?
Given the energy required to hold one's breath in a dress that could malfunction at any moment while still managing to be witty, charming and photogenic, it could be that many celebs would rather stay home in their jammies watching "Mad Men."
So far the "Iron Man 3" star is the only celeb who has complained about this year's Met Gala. Other celebs may not want to offend co-host Anna Wintour, who holds the key to the cover of Vogue magazine. Paltrow has landed on this vaunted real estate seven times in her career, though she may be permanently barred as the result of her recent jab.
Given the risks of insulting the mighty and powerful, one could argue it was brave of the "Shallow Hal" star to put down the revered A-list event. Or it could be just another episode of Gwynie thinking she's the coolest kid in the class. The woman, who was recently selected People magazine's "Most Beautiful" woman on the planet, has a history of seeing herself as superior to others.
In her most notable dig, the American expat slammed her country of origin when she said, "I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money; they talk about interesting things at dinner parties."
The Pepper Potts of organic living has also dished on her aversion to processed food. "I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin," she once said. (Another time she claimed she would rather die than feed one of her children Cup-a-Soup.)
The 40-year-old even messed with the self-esteem of middle aged women when she said in 2001, "Beauty fades! I just turned 29, so I probably don't have that many good years left in me."
As for her latest remark about the Met Gala, some fans seem to have relished her gossipy candor. "I want to sit around and have some gourmet coffee with Gwyneth Paltrow and just be f---in catty about people," tweeted a soul mate named Angelle.
Others feigned sympathy. "I'm so broken up over the news that Gwyneth Paltrow is 'Never going to the Met Gala again'. I'm so sorry it was so 'Un-fun' for you, dear," mocked @JonMichaelDavis.
Of course, it could just be the mom of Apple and Moses was miffed that Kim Kardashian wangled an invite to what was formerly deemed an exclusive event.
What do you think? Should the Beyonce bestie be celebrated for her frankness or sent to celebrity rehab with Miss Manners?
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