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Posted at 5:12 PM ET, 11/16/2010

Gwyneth Paltrow, 'Glee' and why the mocking of her insouciance must end

By Jen Chaney

The Internet could not exist without a little snark. It's the sarcastic, sometimes borderline obnoxious engine that makes the entire blogosphere run. And when it comes to celebrities, there are few glamorous types that Web commenters enjoy flinging snark at more than Gwyneth Paltrow.

Of course, that includes readers and commenters right here in Celebritology, where expressing outrage over the insouciance of Ms. Paltrow, her "insufferable" Goop suggestions and her general, alleged prissy pants-ness has become something of a pastime.

Here's the thing, though: I think the era of hating on Gwyneth Paltrow might be over. At the very least, a lengthy moratorium should probably be issued. Because with her appearance tonight on "Glee" -- a preview of which can be viewed below, via Gwyneth's version of Cee-Lo's "Forget You" -- Paltrow's mission to charm the American public may be complete.

I mean, watch what she does in that "Forget You" clip. She not only acknowledges the fact that she's exceedingly white, she owns it. Her vocals are strong and she completely embraces the cornball-tasticness in a way that not every "Glee" guest star -- or for that matter, cast member -- can always manage. Like the good people at Vulture, I also have no idea what she means at the end there when she says, "Let's go get some tacos." (Perhaps that will become clearer during tonight's episode.) But I don't care. I say: Gwyneth, pass the chips and queso.

Assuming the rest of her "Glee" appearance is this decidedly ridiculous, this will mark the second time in two weeks that she's stepped outside of her comfort zone and succeeded, the first being her CMA Awards performance of "Country Strong." And if her performance in the film of the same name is equally believable, the end of 2010 could prove to be an entertainment hat trick for our Mrs. Chris Martin.

Gwyneth Paltrow's life may be easier than ours. And sometimes she may not realize just how much easier it is because she's always had it pretty easy. But so what? The woman's talented. She conducts herself with some class. And she managed to win an Academy Award at an age when most of us were still struggling to pay off our student loans.

Okay, maybe that last bit of information doesn't make you like Paltrow more. Just ignore that.

My point is -- and I am admittedly biased here because I've always kind of admired Gwyneth, despite the ongoing allegations of insouciance -- the bust-on-Paltrow show needs to go. As one reader in last week's Celebritology discussion noted, it's almost cliche to make fun of the "Shakespeare in Love" star at this point.

So Internet snarkers, try directing your acerbically hilarious commentary at a more challenging target, like Meryl Streep or perhaps sweet, innocent kittens who regularly contribute to charitable causes. But leave Gwyneth alone, at least for a little while, and let her have her moment of "Glee."

P.S. For the record, I should also state that I paid full-price for a ticket to see "Bounce" in theaters. And I kind of enjoyed it. There. I said it.

By Jen Chaney  | November 16, 2010; 5:12 PM ET
Categories:  Insouciance, TV  
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Comments

I've never thought Gwyneth wasn't talented. I mean, she stole the Oscar from Cate Blanchett for a perfectly ordinary role, but she's got range.

But I think perhaps after everyone mocked her for GOOP and other "insouciant" things, it has finally occurred to her that she needs to seem more approachable. Hence her CMA and Glee outings.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | November 16, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

She was good in that little clip.

They sure cut it up though. It looks like she couldn't do more than 1/2 of a dance move before they cut to another shot. I guess that's how you get it all shot quickly without the person having to rehearse for 3 months.

If her name was Sandra nobody would pick on here. Gweneth is name that just screams "snooty".

Posted by: unitcaptain11 | November 16, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Easy? Have you ever tried to do Ashtanga yoga?

Posted by: kabuki3 | November 17, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I always give props where props are due - Gwynie rocked it last night on Glee. But just because someone is crazy talented doesn't mean they're still not crazy in the rest of their life.

Just think of where we'd be if we couldn't make fun of Kanye! I'm super stoked about his new album, but come on - the guy is nuts.

Posted by: shauch | November 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

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