Gwyneth Paltrow Named "Most Hated in Hollywood"? Seriously, She's Not That Bad!

We find it hard to believe that the GOOP founder beat out much more deserving stars (like Chris Brown!) for the top spot

Haters gonna hate -- but how did Gwyneth Paltrow end up topping Lindsay Lohan and Chris Brown as Hollywood's most hated celebrity? The Iron Man 3 actress scored the top spot in Star magazine's annual poll of readers' least favorite stars. Granted, Gwyneth has made herself an easy target by trying to become a lifestyle guru to the little people. But we're not sure that eating lots of kale and being cluelessly privileged is the worst thing a celebrity can do.

For comparison, let's look at the rest of the list. We've got Kristen Stewart at No. 2 -- either because she cheated on Robert Pattinson last year or because Twi-haters are tired of seeing her sneer on the red carpet. John Mayer, known for gossiping about his ex-girlfriends, clocked in at No. 4. Matt Lauer, who has been accused of ruining the Today show by swinging around his massive ego, is No. 6. Kris Jenner, who rose to fame by exploiting her kids, and Kim Kardashian, her star protege, came in at No. 10 and No. 11, respectively. Further down, we have professional train wreck Lindsay Lohan (16) and infamous marriage-wrecker Jesse James (19).

Finally, at No. 20, is Chris Brown. The guy who beat up Rihanna barely made the list! But the woman who writes GOOP is No. 1. How did that happen?

Maybe it just gets under people's skin when a celebrity acts like they're better than everyone else. That was the problem with Anne Hathaway, the favorite target of awards show season, who landed at No. 9. She didn't do anything really wrong; she just gushed a lot about how wonderful her life is and how very, very hard she works as an actress. We all envy celebrities in the first place -- the looks, the money, the appreciation -- so when we feel like they're rubbing it in, it gets annoying fast. And when they try to convince us that their charmed lives are a hardship? Forget it. (We feel the need to point out that it's mostly female celebrities who get this reaction. Nobody seemed to take issue when Robert Downey Jr. said he deserved an Oscar, despite not currently being nominated for one.)

Still, we have trouble believing that people hate Gwyneth with that kind of passion. Gwyneth is like that coworker who's always trying to get you to do a juice cleanse with her, or the in-law who swears she couldn't survive without granite countertops. She's annoying, but ultimately well-meaning. Plus, even if you're hate-reading her newsletter and cookbooks, you have to admit they're fun to read. We'd miss her insane gift guides if she took them away!

Here's the trump card, though: Unlike other most-hated A-listers on the list (including Angelina Jolie and Madonna), Gwyneth Paltrow can still laugh at herself. Why else would she have done Glee or sang with Muppets at the 2011 Grammys? Even at a recent press conference, when her costar Robert Downey Jr. made a crack about her "most hated" status, she was a good sport. (Watch the video below.)

Here's Star's complete "20 Most Hated" list, which also includes Justin Bieber, LeAnn Rimes and Taylor Swift.

1. Gwyneth Paltrow
2. Kristen Stewart
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. John Mayer
5. Katherine Heigl
6. Matt Lauer
7. Madonna
8. Justin Bieber
9. Anne Hathaway
10. Kris Jenner
11. Kim Kardashian
12. LeAnn Rimes
13. Ashton Kutcher
14. Jay Leno
15. Angelina Jolie
16. Lindsay Lohan
17. Shia LaBeouf
18. Taylor Swift
19. Jesse James
20. Chris Brown

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