Why Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks Her Daughter's Sense Of 'Entitlement' Is 'Beautiful'

Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love early in her career.

Gwyneth Paltrow has been known for her interesting word choice and commentary over the years. This week she threw out another doozy related to her famous daughter Apple, noting that her teenager is “entitled” but that she means that “in the best possible way.” Normally, when we think of the word entitlement, it brings up thoughts of spoiled individuals getting the things they want without having to work for them or not understanding concepts like money or credit, but that’s not exactly what Paltrow was intending here.

Instead the Avengers actress and mom of two was talking about her daughter’s generation being able to grow up more as equals among their male compatriots. In an interview that came out as part of the Adobe Max conference, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke out about how herself and other females have been treated in the entertainment world throughout the course of her career. She spoke warmly of her daughter’s generation, noting that they seem to have been brought up in a world that treats them more fairly or squarely, noting,

They have, and I mean this word in the best possible way, a sense of 'entitlement' that’s beautiful. It’s not spoiled, [they] are here for what the boys are going to get too. I find it very uplifting and heartening that we all seem to be going in this direction together.

So rather than thinking her daughter is entitled due to growing up in celebrity culture, she’s more talking about Apple Martin in terms of her daughter’s generation and the opportunities they will now be entitled to that she lacked. Though I still have to say using that word was a choice, this isn't exactly the first time Gwyneth Paltrow's oddball way of saying things has made headlines. And it's nice to see Gwyneth Paltrow have positive things to say about Apple Martin as she's paving her way, just as her famous mother Blythe Danner has done for her.

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As part of the Adobe Max talk (via InStyle), Paltrow also touched on how the #MeToo Movement really helped to sort of shape the worldview of her children's generation and has allowed women and people of color to be more open about their experiences in the workplace and elsewhere. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow was integral to that movement when she spoke out about her experiences with Harvey Weinstein some time ago.

We’re laying the groundwork for the change. I think the #MeToo Movement was a big part of that change. I think Black Lives Matter is part of that change. What we're saying collectively as a culture and a society is that we are done with that paradigm of patriarchy of white men. The patriarchy itself feels like it’s cracking and starting to embrace a much wider variety of voices and races and genders. By the time my daughter is in the workforce, those girls are not going to stand for it. When I see my daughter with her friends, they are so empowered.

Gwyneth Paltrow and her daughter have been more in the news as Apple has grown into a young woman, often noted for being look-alike family members. Now that she is 16, Apple Martin has a say over what images of herself make it onto social media, and she once famously even chided her mother for not following the household rules. At the end of the day, she's growing into a young lady with her own personality and takes on life, and while she may be a little "entitled," her mom says it's in a good way.

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