Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Twitter Trolling: 'It's A Very Dehumanising Thing'

29 May 2014 by

Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Twitter Trolling: 'It's A Very Dehumanising Thing'

Gwyneth Paltrow talks the highs and lows of social media [Getty]

Earlier this month, Sarah Jessica Parker revealed she scrolls through Twitter 'with one eyed closed' because of nasty comments. Now, Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up about Twitter trolling, confessing that it's taken her a long time to develop a thick skin against cyber bullying.

'You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it's a very dehumanising thing,' the 41-year-old actress revealed at the Code Conference in California this week. 'It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I can see these things and not take it as a personal affront and a hurt.'

'I see myself as a chalkboard or a whiteboard or a screen, and someone is just putting up their own projection on it,' she added. 'It has nothing to do with me. They have an internal object, and they're putting it on me. I kind of look at it as, 'Wow this is an interesting social experiment.' You're talking about a blind stranger having feelings about you. It can only be projection.'

Indeed, Dr Emma Short from the University of Bedfordshire told Grazia that 'many people lose their normal self-restraint once they feel anonymous and remote from others. Trolls themselves often have too much free time, and are often lonely people and seeking attention.'

But the Oscar-winner hopes Internet trolls will soon be a thing of the past. 'It's almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanising thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we'll reach the next level of conscience.' Comparing being famous to being in a 'bloody, dehumanising' war might garner some eye-rolling, but her point about trolls never being punished is one that is still cause for concern.

'The lack of empathy that is created when people can anonymously opine about the looks or actions of others... it’s where we are in our culture,' she said. 'Yes, it does worry me, for the development of my kids and the next generation, that people can be so cruel without experiencing the consequences of being so cruel face to face.'

The actress also opened up about the misogyny of Facebook and admits celebrities are 'annoying'. Click play on the video and read more highlights on recode.net.


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