I’ve never really liked Gwyneth Paltrow and the hype that surrounded her when she won her Oscar for Shakespeare in Love back in 1999. An Oscar, I might add, that should have gone to Cate Blanchett for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s underrated film Elizabeth.
Paltrow was born into celebrity royalty, her late father Bruce Paltrow was a successful director and her mother is actress Blythe Danner.
There are a few movies starring “Gwynnie” that I actually enjoy. For example I believe she shone in Proof, and Sliding Doors; I own both those movies and watch them from time to time.
In 2008 she began publishing a weekly newsletter called GOOP. The idea was inspired by Oprah’s philosophy, in that it encourages everyday women to live their best life. She wants to share all of life’s positives, even if your life is completely shit.
She markets herself as the every woman, a busy mother of two who needs to save time, simplify her life and live the best lifestyle possible. It’s easy for someone of Gwyneth’s wealth to espouse the benefits of a $450 skin moisturizer, but by revealing a little too much about her own lifestyle, she has begun to appear a little out of touch.
Gwyneth refers to her detractors as “negative” and “haters.” I find GOOP hilarious for all the wrong reasons. For example, her essentials for Spring include a $1,600 skirt for those ever important “girl nights” at home watching movies. Her “must-haves” for Spring came at a whopping total of $450,000. I doubt Gwyneth realizes that the majority of the population will never earn $450,000 in their lifetime.
Just recently she published a “health” cookbook that was panned by food critics because it promotes an unhealthy obsession with eliminating almost every food except quinoa and pomegranate from one’s diet. According to the publisher’s description, this book contains recipes based on the following principles… ”no coffee, no alcohol, no dairy, no eggs, no sugar, no shellfish, no deep-water fish, no wheat, no meat, no soy, nothing processed at all!”
Okay as a strict vegetarian I’m on board with eliminating certain food groups from your diet, but this is a bit excessive. Gwyneth’s forward states, in all seriousness, that she almost died from eating too many French fries. She enlisted the help of her “top-notch” doctor and together developed these recipes.
It’s also of note, that a few years ago Gywneth was diagnosed with osteopenia, most likely a result of malnourishment.
It all seems very “actress-y” to me. To make matters worse, a reader calculated how much it would cost to make the meals she has earnestly recommended for the regular woman making $40,000 a year, and guess how much it would cost?
$300 a day. That’s right, Gwyneth expects you to spend $300 a day to eat.
She’s out of touch to say the least, but that’s not what bothers me the most.
First let me say that I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m envious. I wish I didn’t have to worry about how much everything I purchased cost. I pray for the day where I never have to worry about money again, but I am no different from 99% of the population: Poor.
What bothers me about Gwyneth’s lifestyle tips is that she is marketing this trite to middle-class women but she has no idea how middle-class women live.
She has no idea what it’s like to work 12 hour days, every week of the year, while simultaneously raising more than one child, trying to sustain a marriage and worrying about losing her job, because she won’t be able to pay her mortgage.
Gwyneth is not just out of touch, she’s insulting.
She offered this hangover tip to her readers: An hour in your sauna. No kidding. She thinks that everyone has the TIME to lay around for ONE FULL HOUR while their nannies raise their children, in their VERY OWN PRIVATE sauna!
Don’t try to convince Gwyneth that she’s out of touch, because to her, you’re just a hater. You’re negative. You’re not living your best life.
Someone said to me a couple of days ago that rich people like Gwyneth shouldn’t be ashamed of their wealth.
Yes they should. Many of them didn’t earn their money like Oprah, or Madonna have. They were born into it, and that makes them believe that they are somehow more valuable than everyone else on the planet, especially the poor, whom they believe are lazy, and just need to find a job.
Her advice, and response to criticism, wreak of condescension and over-privileged entitlement. This is behaviour that influenced the French revolution.
In this economy, where a record number of Americans are out-of-work and scared, it is in poor taste to make them feel bad that they’re not living their “best life.” Even in poorer taste than serving canned soup as a starter at dinner.
Her inflated ego, and obsession with possession is wrong, for a variety of reasons.
Owning “stuff” and being rich does not make a person whole. If she wasn’t so laughable, I would boycott her future films and picket at film premiers where she makes appearances. Okay, no I wouldn’t but I would encourage you to!
Many people like Gwyneth believe that their critics are afraid of “successful” women. Well, I’m definitely not afraid, and I would be humiliated to learn that I was as willfully unaware of the poverty surrounding me, as she is.
Success is something that comes from inside. It’s about surrounding yourself with good people who have compassion for people who are disenfranchised. It’s about being happy, regardless of what you own, and living your life ego free. It’s about making good choices, establishing inner harmony.
It’s about doing a good deed, and not expecting a reward for doing it. Success is about being a good person, and not focusing on what you wear, what your job title is, how much money you make and where you have travelled.
I dislike Gwyneth Paltrow because she represents what’s wrong with our society today: Thoughtlessness. The inability to critically think about our actions and how it affects the people around us.
She may be a very nice person, but she has no idea what it’s like to live off of $40,000 a year and it’s insulting of her to pretend that she does when her little newsletter painfully proves otherwise.
I hope at some point we as a society will begin to understand that empathy and love is far more important than owning a $1,600 skirt. That is not something anyone should strive to attain.
Allow me to leave on this one note. This recent attitude by celebrities like Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow that they are just like you and me is infuriating. They’re not. They have money and access to freedom that many of us will never achieve. Though they belong to the same species as we do, they are not as down to earth as they pretend to be.
That my friends is marketing, so that they can make more money and more money off the middle class. A class that they pity.