It's a pretty amazing trick to hit the headlines about the same time as Rob Granito and make him look better in comparison. Granito at least will admit the truth when cornered. Not Adams.
Here's where it starts -- Gweneth Paltrow recently did an interview that celebrated her better-than-you-ness. As Deciever put it, "Her argument truly seems to be that she’s not arrogant, she’s just better than everyone else." Paltrow told Popeater, "I think my work ethic is the reason why I’m successful. I think that a lot of people don’t want to put in effort and it’s easier to not change, not do something good for you, not work on your relationship, not make yourself a meal, not work out. [They're just] pissed off at someone else doing that. Everything in my life that’s good is because I worked my ass off to get it and to maintain it."
Ms. Paltrow? UPS. Another delivery of burnt offerings has arrived for you. Where should I put them?
Let's review. Her dad is a movie and TV mogul who just happens to be best friends with Steven Spielberg (who gave her her big break by casting her as Wendy in Hook). Her mother was a movie and stage actress. She never even finished school, dropping out of college because her grades were so poor. She was in a string of bombs (like the horrible gutting of Great Expectations) but kept getting work thanks to connections. Yeah. She works her ass off. I work my ass off. I have no industry connections or people setting me up to where the only direction I can go is down. Give me a fucking break.
I was content to just read the interview and simply react with a, "Bitch, please." But now, here comes Adams on his blog post, ready to continue to educate the world. Huffington Post blogger Keli Goff wrote a piece saying Paltrow's "I worked my ass off" statement was bullshit, saying Paltrow was one of those “people who were born on third base and act like they hit a triple.”
Adams? Take it away --
"It's worth noting, in the interest of context, that Goff was born with a few advantages herself. She's beautiful, smart, and apparently had the resources she needed to make it through NYU and go on to get her Master's Degree at Columbia University. If you ask Goff what made her successful, would she credit her hard work and leave out her other obvious advantages? Or would she answer honestly and say, "I worked hard for what I've achieved, but it didn't hurt that I'm a brilliant, smoking-hot African-American woman in 2011." I'm just saying that people don't generally talk about their advantages. To do so would be...wait for it…gloating."
To steal a line from Power Girl, "I'm gonna break your bones! Then I'm gonna let them heal! Then I'm gonna break them again!"
I can't believe I used to like this guy's stuff. What the hell was I smoking?!?