We're all familiar with the DiCaprio mania fueled by teenyboppers who would eagerly take a bullet for Leo. Gwyneth Paltrow, by contrast, seems to produce the more perplexing phenomenon of the anti-fan: people who follow her career as rabidly, but with the ultimate purpose of invalidating it. Everywhere you turnfrom video stores to cafés to online chat roomsPaltrow hating is in venomous vogue. On the Net, the celeb watchers of the newsgroup alt.gossip.celebrities have drawn up a 30-count indictment of Gwyneth, charging her with such high crimes as stealing scripts from best friend Winona Ryder and being blasé about the Brad Pitt breakup. Camille Paglia cited her career as an example of "Affirmative Action for show-biz brats." Other movie buffs have dubbed her a "glorified Meg Ryan," a "rich man's Melanie Griffith," and, most intriguingly, a "Sandra Dee without the innocence." Even songs about Gwyneth seem hostile, as in "6ix" the Lemonheads 1996 ode to her... More >>>
A funky angel come to earth, or a rich man's Melanie Griffith?