Gwyneth Paltrow spills some Internet philosophy

The actress spoke at Re/code's first ever Code Conference

By Andrea Tim | Published: 2 Jun 2014

Gwyneth's speech
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

She acts, sings, and dances. She is one of the most celebrated women in the world. She is the mother of two. She is pro-organic. She is the face of a number of fashion and beauty brands. She is a philanthropist. She is an author. She coined the phrase "conscious uncoupling." She's now also a major collaborator of Blo Blow Dry Bar, where she will help spread "red carpet glamour to women around the world." Is there anything that Gwyneth Paltrow can't do?

According to her, yes there is – or almost was. When the Academy Award winner prepared for her speech at the high-profile Code Conference hosted by tech news website Re/code, she wasn't sure if she had anything of significance to talk about.

As you can expect, Gwyneth was wrong. We'll add "she has articulate opinions about the digital world" to her resume.

Seriously though, she may be a celebrity who can whisk away (most) problems with the money she's earned, but she is well aware of the good and bad of social media and internet publicity.

"Facebook actually started as a place to judge women on their pulchritude or lack of it. I think it's kind of fascinating that a company that's so huge and that would come to define much of the modern Internet was founded on this objectification of human beings," she said.

Gwyneth also called out anonymity as sometimes being detrimental. "It does worry me... that people can be so cruel without experiencing the consequences of being so cruel face to face."

The golden bit of her speech was when she expressed her expectations for her e-commerce company,, adding that it's okay "to not give a fuck if the Facebook guys think we're hot or not."


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