The upside to Dilbert comic-strip creator, former Seattleite, and rich douchebag Scott Adams becoming the butt of the Internet's joke over his pretending to be his own biggest fan online, is that he's now free to take up the cause of fellow rich douchebags. His first target: Gwyneth Paltrow.
Recently Paltrow was interviewed by PopEater, where she addressed her detractors.
"It's easier to not change, not do something good for you, not work on your relationship, not make yourself a meal, not work out," she tells PopEater. "Everything in my life that's good is because I worked my ass off to get it and to maintain it."
Huffington Post columnist Keli Goff was not impressed by Paltrow's declaration that she'd earned everything in her life, and wrote a column pointing out that the actress was "was born to Hollywood royalty," thus making it slightly easier for her to become a rich-and-famous movie star than, say, someone who doesn't call Steven Spielberg "uncle."
Gwyneth, for instance, was born to Hollywood royalty. Her father Bruce was one of television's most legendary directors of shows like St. Elsewhere and her mother is the acclaimed actress Blythe Danner. I've heard nothing but great things about her family -- a rarity in Hollywood -- and I think it's wonderful that she was so fortunate to have that. But when you credit landing one of your first film roles to "your Uncle Steven," as in Steven Spielberg, who directed a young Gwyneth in Hook, you have officially relinquished the right to say that "Everything in my life that's good is because I worked my ass off to get it."
OK, so here's where Scott Adams comes in. As you know (because you always read The Daily Weekly and we told you about it), Adams was recently outed for posting self-congratulatory messages under the fake name "PlannedChaos" on almost any and every news story about him.
This, combined with the fact that he's sort of an awful person and he just got done comparing himself to the Tea Party leader who got busted sending e-mails of President Obama looking like a chimpanzee, means that people aren't too keen on Adams of late.
This situation apparently makes him feel some amount of kinship with Ms. Paltrow. So he too wrote a column defending the actress and attacking Goff's column and Goff herself as just as privileged as Hollywood starlet Paltrow.
It's worth noting, in the interest of context, that Goff was born with a few advantages herself. She's beautiful, smart, and apparently had the resources she needed to make it through NYU and go on to get her Master's Degree at Columbia University. If you ask Goff what made her successful, would she credit her hard work and leave out her other obvious advantages? Or would she answer honestly and say, "I worked hard for what I've achieved, but it didn't hurt that I'm a brilliant, smoking-hot African-American woman in 2011." I'm just saying that people don't generally talk about their advantages. To do so would be . . . wait for it . . . gloating.
So essentially Adams makes the argument that it's only because Ms. Goff is "beautiful, smart," went to NYU, and is a "smoking-hot African-American" that she's received her endless fame and fortune as a writer for HuffPo and AOL.
First off, nowhere in Adams' supposed exposé of the hidden silver spoon of Keli Goff does he find that her parents were actually media moguls or that she calls Arianna Huffington "aunt." And she's an AOL writer, forchrissakes! I don't know if Mr. Adams reads the news at all, but AOL is notorious for paying its writers crap and working them in slave-like conditions. I'd hardly call her situation the pinnacle of journalistic success (not that she doesn't deserve it, but have you ever heard of Keli Goff?).
Why Adams suddenly feels the need to defend the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow is beyond me. But whatever, that's his choice. Still, saying that a columnist with no other advantage than she's a "smoking-hot African-American" is somehow equal in inherent privilege as a Hollywood star who was born into a rich-and-famous family, is just too much to stomach.
But hey, I'm sure "PlannedChaos" thinks Adams' point was spot-on.