Angelina Jolie may be juggling six kids, a fiance, and a career, but she admits that she has it easier than many other moms. She is also tired of hearing other celebrity moms complain about how difficult their lives are.
According to New York Post (via a May 23 Hollywood Life report), Jolie feels that she is lucky to have a strong support system as well as a great career. As she explained, "I'm not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food."
The financial success that she has achieved also gives her a freedom that struggling working moms might not have. Unlike other parents who have to worry about making ends meet, the "Tourist" star can take time off when she needs it. As she commented, "when I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it,”
Jolie's comments could possibly be taken as a dig at Gwyneth Paltrow. In March, the "Iron Man 3" star came under fire for comments that rubbed working mothers the wrong way. When asked about her decision to take time off from acting to focus on her children, she commented, "I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine...I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
Many working moms took Paltrow's remarks to mean that she believed 9-5 working moms had it easier than celebrity moms. The sometime "Glee" guest star later clarified her comments by explaining that actors had to spend 12-14 hours a day on set and to travel for work. Meanwhile, a woman with a regular office job could be there to make lunch for her kids, drive them to school, and tuck them in at night.
The "Shakespeare in Love" star also suggested that moms needed to start cutting each other some slack, and to end the "mommy wars." She believes that parenting is difficult enough without having to endure the criticisms and judgments from other mothers. As she commented, "Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?"
Was Angelina Jolie right to call Gwyneth Paltrow out for her comments about working moms? Was Paltrow out of touch for suggesting that 9-5 working moms have it easier than celebrity moms? Do famous moms have an advantage that struggling working moms don't have? Or was Jolie being unfairly judgmental of a fellow mother?