The Guardian drew intense condemnation on Monday for asking people on social media to share their "lowest point" during COVID-19 lockdowns after using the example that actress Gwyneth Paltrow "broke down and ate bread."
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The outlet out of the UK published a headline that read, "Gwyneth Paltrow broke down and ate bread during quarantine. What was your lowest point?"
After sharing the story on Twitter, the Guardian was absolutely lambasted — and many could not hold back their profanity.
One individual replied, "I became homeless but sorry about the millionaire eating bread I guess."
"I would rather read all day long about a junky horse than suffer through some BS story about how the cooch candle queen hit rock bottom during a pandemic and ate a f***ing bagel," one person wrote.
Another responded, "Sending [prayer] and lighting a [flame]. Poor little dear I struggled to keep my business going so my employees didn't lose their jobs I spent months alone during first lockdown. My home was left partly built - I got off lightly compared to some But thank f*** I didn't have to eat bread."
Someone else replied, "Bunch of people I loved died. Lost my full time job I loved of 25 years and its associated health benefits too. But, damn, can't say I ever went as low as Gwinny eating bread, so count my blessings, huh?"
Yet another answered that their low point was, "My parents dying 18 days apart, followed by a friend since the 80s dying after a fiery car crash, shortly followed by the death by ALS of 'the one who got away', followed by 3 months alone with 2 cats. But I didn't hit up the boulangerie, so there's that."
While the reactions were overwhelmingly critical, one person pleaded, "Read the article before you blast The Guardian for posting it. That's all I ask."
The short article mocks Paltrow by calling her admission "the latest celebrity attempt to prove they had it just as hard as normal people in the pandemic," but then the author's example of her own "low point" was yelling "I'M THE ALPHA" at her puppy.
The Guardian added an editor's note at the end of the piece saying that the headline had been updated to "better reflect the understanding of the story."
The new headline reads: "Gwyneth Paltrow broke down and ate bread during quarantine. How did you surprise yourself?"