Gwyneth Paltrow is certainly entitled to her opinions, although her practice of denigrating Americans may end up damaging her at the box office. It’s always stupid, if you’re a performer, to insult your audience (proving a priori that she may not be as smart as she likes to think she is). However, after you read Gwyn say that “The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans,” please make sure to read this, just for a little perspective.
In any event, Gwyn isn’t mouthing anything that the British intelligentsia haven’t been congratulating themselves on for more than a hundred years. Those silly, crassy, materialistic Americans, with their uncontrolled energy and obsession with wealth. This British complaint accelerated, of course, as the Americans rose up and the British declined. Aesop had a phrase for it.