Gwyneth Paltrow never seemed destined to become a controversial celebrity. But after making her mark on Hollywood, she appears determined to unwind every iota of goodwill that she earned through her work on the silver screen.
She’s always been known to say some really stupid stuff, but her off-screen persona has become particularly troubling since she launched her own “lifestyle” company, Goop.
Recently, Paltrow appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” to promote her new Netflix show, “The Goop Lab.” During the interview, she announced a new “Goop at Sea” event and – true to form – she was completely useless at remembering who exactly was involved in the project.
After flubbing several attempts to state what cruise line Goop had partnered with, she joked that she was on mushrooms and asked an off-screen assistant for help.
Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But Paltrow makes a lot of them.
That’s disconcerting since she and Goop expect customers to trust them with their well-being.
Especially because all she’s doing is selling glorified, overpriced snake oil.
Take a look at Goop’s website, and you’ll immediately see what I’m talking about. Under the “wellness” tab, you’ll find some of the world’s most ridiculous products at even more outrageous prices.
A bottle of He Shou Wu will set you back $59 – and possibly destroy your liver.
Perhaps you would prefer a bottle of Psychic Vampire Repellent? That’ll only set you back $27 for a bottle of “sonically tuned water” and various oils, herbs, and crystals.
Apart from the fact that Psychic Vampire Repellent is just a ridiculous product, what Goop is essentially selling is healing water. You might remember this was a fad in Russia during the 1990s and was famously debunked by James Randi in an episode of Nova.
And the products only get weirder:
After scrolling through pages of provably-pointless megadoses of vitamins and sonically attuned stickers, you can reach only one conclusion: Gwyneth Paltrow is basically scamming people. Either that, or she’s stupid.
She claims to promote health. But then people who actually have a medical or scientific background come along and expose her for what she is – a modern-day snake oil salesman. The only reason Goop is a successful brand at all is that Paltrow’s a celebrity.
She can’t even hold it together long enough to remember the companies she’s fallen butt-first into working with. Luckily for her, the scary truth is that people will swallow a lot of literal rubbish when they’ve seen you on the silver screen.
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