Gwyneth Paltrow kind of strikes me as a self-important snob, but not necessarily one who doesn’t think the rules apply to her. However, the New York Post brought up an interesting question regarding one of her latest entries on that crappy highfalutin lifestyle site she runs, GOOP. Apparently Gwen raves on and on about her recent visit to the Mamounia Hotel in Morocco where she was attending a junket with Jennifer Aniston and Orlando Bloom. The problem with that? According to new FTC guidelines, bloggers now have to disclose any and all information about gifts and services they receive for free. Odds are that if she was staying at the hotel for a junket, she wasn’t picking up the tab.
My guess is that Gwynnie wasn’t trying to pull a fast one on the housewives and desk jockeys that actually read her blog so they can follow her advice, I’m guessing that she was just clueless to the rule. However, it’s quite important to keep in mind that someone like Gwyneth is not really a regular blogger. Your average blogger might get a free hand cream or book to review, but celebrities who have blogs? Totally different ballgame. I’m not sure it’s even fair for the same rules to apply. Beside, don’t we all kind of assume that famous people get just about everything for free except their houses?