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She does, admittedly, receive a lot of criticism, but is that really fair? After all, she’s actually doing remarkably well for someone who was stranded here after travelling from an alternative dimension where the language, social norms and even the laws of nature are completely different. Because that’s the most logical explanation for the stuff she regularly says and does.
—Dean Burnett[1]

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (b. 1972) is an Oscar-winning actress, fashion guru, and wholehearted promoter of an expansive range of nutty pseudosciences (usually alternative medicine and beauty products). She owns/runs the website Goop.com (named for her initials[2]), which pushes the exact same bullshit (but has extra writers).

(Lack of) expertise[edit]

Paltrow is the perfect symbol of popular culture in our world right now. Providing advice is part of her brand. [....] [S]he really seems to believe it, it’s not just some kind of marketing ploy. I think she should be held to a standard and that standard should be science. But (her advice) is complete bunk. I dug and I dug and I dug – there is nothing to support it.
—Timothy Caulfield (author of a 3-year-long review of Paltrow's mouth-spew, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?)[3][4]

Does Paltrow have any scientific education to back up her claims?

Nope! After attending the uber-wealthy Spence School,Wikipedia's W.svg[5] Paltrow briefly "[s]tudied anthropology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, before dropping out to pursue her acting career."[6] And thus ends Paltrow's expertise in medicine.

Pseudoscience pushing[edit]

Nourish the Inner Aspect
—Goop's slogan, feel-good but meaningless[2]

List of woo that Paltrow or Goop has promoted:

Hypocrisy[edit]

In case you were wondering:

  • Paltrow "smoke[s] one cigarette a week".[32] Those toxins sure are nasty, aren't they?
  • Paltrow simultaneously sells aluminum-containing products, and claims that aluminum is "one of the greatest threats to our health and well-being".[33]

In touch with the people[edit]

I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.
—Gwyneth (and it's all thanks to those auradiagnostic woo products goin' like Evian in Death Valley!)[34]

Paltrow's take on the human experience obviously has nothing to do with the (in)validity of her favored products. However, since Paltrow often promotes these products as part of her "lifestyle" brand (and thus ties these products to her own success), it's perhaps worth mentioning that Paltrow is hardly a down-to-earth angel, commenting (in a veritable orgasm of relatability):[35]

When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be? Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?'

"I know, right?!"

Nugget of good[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Stopped clock

Paltrow starred in Contagion, a movie which portrays scientists as hardworking, goodhearted people and portrays alternative-medicine pushers as moneygrubbers. In other words, it rebuffs exactly the kind of woo that Paltrow promotes.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. (Perhaps God really does move in mysterious ways -- but instead of writing Bibles, he's busy helping you learn the secrets of the universe for only $19.99.)
  2. Get it?

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 https://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2016/apr/06/gwyneth-paltrows-bee-sting-beauty-treatment-just-wont-fly
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/22/fashion/22gwyneth.html?_r=1
  3. http://glamour.co.za/2015/05/is-gwyneth-paltrow-wrong-about-everything/
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/gwyneth-paltrow-celebrity-health-tips-leaves-scientist-steaming/story-fnb64oi6-1227350001237
  5. http://www.ew.com/article/2011/01/12/gwyneth-paltrow-why-do-they-hate-her
  6. http://www.myplan.com/education/colleges/famous_alumni.php
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/gywneth-paltrows-goop-worst-advice-from-the-eccentric-lifestyle-website-a6704126.html
  8. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/01/29/snake-oil-alert-why-gwyneth-paltrow-gets-her-vagina-steam-cleaned-and-why-you-probably-shouldnt/
  9. http://www.redbookmag.com/body/pregnancy-fertility/news/a21030/vaginal-steam-treatment/
  10. http://www.doctorpari.com/2015/02/02/gwynnie-is-no-gyno/
  11. Uh-Oh! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Dispensing Terrible Vagina Advice Again!
  12. They got rocks in their hoo-ha
  13. Gwyneth Paltrow sells a jade vagina egg
  14. http://goop.com/a-psychologist-astrologer-on-using-your-sun-sign-to-navigate-conflict/
  15. http://goop.com/the-secrets-of-the-pelvic-floor/
  16. http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/04/gwyneth-paltrow-bees-beauty.html
  17. http://goop.com/why-yawning-is-important-and-how-to-optimize-the-reflex/
  18. http://goop.com/a-heavy-metal-detox/
  19. http://goop.com/the-medical-medium-and-whats-potentially-at-the-root-of-medical-mysteries/
  20. http://goop.com/the-new-secret-beauty-formula-intention/
  21. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/travel/gwyneth-paltrow-travel-tips.html
  22. http://goop.com/could-there-possibly-be-a-link-between-underwire-bras-and-breast-cancer/
  23. 23.0 23.1 http://web.archive.org/web/20140531132151/http://www.goop.com/journal/go/286/goop-mag-16
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 24.7 24.8 http://goop.com/the-new-secret-beauty-formula-intention/
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 25.8 http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/03/11/gwyneth_paltrow_s_goop_endorses_skincare_products_that_are_nurtured_with.html
  26. 26.0 26.1 http://stylecaster.com/gwyneth-paltrow-masuru-emoto-water-has-feelings-goop/
  27. 27.0 27.1 http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/10123082/Gwyneth-Paltrow-Yelling-at-water-hurts-its-feelings
  28. Gawker.com: archive.is, web.archive.org
  29. http://uk.businessinsider.com/do-healing-stickers-work-2017-6
  30. http://goop.com/recipes/spirit-truffles/
  31. https://www.moonjuiceshop.com/collections/tonics-dusts/products/spirit-dust
  32. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2307543/Gwyneth-Paltrow-admits-surgery-cigarette-week-revealing-new-interview.html
  33. http://www.forbes.com/sites/kavinsenapathy/2016/07/21/gwyneth-paltrow-sells-toxic-goop/
  34. http://nypost.com/2009/02/05/the-girl-who-fell-to-earth/
  35. http://stylecaster.com/gwyneth-paltrow-most-ridiculous-pretentious-quotes/