I’m not sure who’s more clueless about the real world: Kim Kardashian with her “Oops, I didn’t realize racism was a thing!” bullshit or Gwyneth Paltrow and her “Acting is so much harder than a 9 – 5 day job!” fuckery. Both of them are idiotic, to be sure, but the most offensive thing about their bullshit is the fact that they actually think they’re changing the world by spouting off nonsense.
Yes, Gwyneth actually implied (on several occasions, at that) that being an actress is super duper hard, and that in some other walk of life, she kinda wishes she worked a regular day job because it’s SO much easier than getting paid millions to shoot some scenes once a year. Since people basically called her out for being stupid, she decided to do the only thing there is TO do: Write a blog post on the Goop website about how she’s “ending the Mommy Wars” by… not actually doing anything.
A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed. So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule. This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject. As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women. We see disapproval in the eyes of other mothers when we say how long we breastfed (Too long? Not long enough?), or whether we have decided to go back to work versus stay home. Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women? Perhaps because there is so much pressure to do it all, and do it all well all at the same time (impossible). Below is a somewhat radical piece by Brigid Schulte, which has provoked many a discussion here in our HQ, and even a tear or two.
Yeah, I get that the press can twist your words and make a big deal out of nothing. However, I also get that Gwyneth Paltrow is a privileged and entitled woman with no concept of how the real world actually exists, so sorry, homegirl, I’m not buying what you’re selling.
May 9, 2014 at 6:00 am by Jennifer
While everyone who’s anyone was busy skipping about in haute couture at the Met Ball on Monday, Gwyneth Paltrow kept herself to herself in California, getting vitamin IV drips at a beachside clinic which seems kinda like a cult, but whatever.
From Radar Online:
The 41-year-old blonde beauty was spotted in a beachside office getting a vitamin IV drip, the virtues of which she has extolled since her “conscious uncoupling” announcement.
Paltrow is the head cheerleader for Dr. Habib Sadeghi, whom she says gives her “an intravenous therapy full of vitamins, which is incredible” at his “Be Hive of Healing.”
An eyewitness told Radar that they spotted Chris Martin’s soon-to-be-ex on Monday in sunny SoCal getting an IV treatment in mid-afternoon while her friends like Reese Witherspoon and Stella McCartney were walking the red carpet at Vogue’s annual MET Gala Ball.
“She had the IV in her arm,” the spy revealed to Radar.
“The lymphatic massage treatment helps with jet lag, too: they wrap you in a blanket and you sweat out impurities,” Paltrow previously said of the treatment.
I don’t think Gwyneth Paltrow really understands how the human body works, but I suppose large amounts of money really can shield you from the realities of biology.
In any case, there’s no love lost between ol’ Goopy and the Met Ball – don’t forget she was there last year and thought it really sucked and vowed never to go back. It’s just a shame those vitamin IV drips can’t instill her with a bit of common sense.
May 7, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
Gwyneth Paltrow is so rich and has so many pretty things – far too many to actually use. So what’s a girl to do? Throw an online yard sale over at GOOP where you can hawk all your old shit (and stuff from celeb buddies Kate Hudson, Beyoncé and Nicole Richie, to name a few) and then donate the proceeds to charity?
“Last year, we did a big story on closet organization, and in the process, sold a handful of pieces on behalf of three charities. It was such a success that we decided to do it again, and enlisted some friends-of-Goop, who have particularly outstanding personal style, to help this year.”
“100 percent of the profits benefit DonorsChoose, a charity where public school teachers can ask directly for help fulfilling specific classroom needs.”
I mean, look – the layman is not going to be able to afford any of this shit. Most stuff is sold out by now, but the prices of the items range into the THOUSANDS of dollars. However, I do think this is a great idea, and any money going to charity for any reason is a good thing, so no shade here. I just hope this money doesn’t secretly go towards paying off GOOP debts!
May 2, 2014 at 8:00 am by Jennifer
Look, I know the source is somewhat wonky on this one, but is it really so hard to believe that Gwyneth Paltrow is being insufferable about her perfectly orchestrated divorce announcement? She and Chris Martin announced their “conscious uncoupling” last month, and apparently Goopy hasn’t shut up about it since because she thinks she did so brilliantly with it.
From Radar Online:
“’Conscious uncoupling’ has become a joke among Gwyneth’s friend,” a source close to the 41-year-old Country Strong star told Radar.
“All she’s doing is bragging about how peaceful her divorce is and how she and Chris planned it so perfectly that it is hardly disrupting their lives.”
“Gwyneth has always thought she had the most perfect life and even though she’s getting a divorce and both of them are getting bad press she doesn’t care,” the source told Radar.
“She has become insufferable saying how happy she is with the way everything is evolving,” the source told Radar.
“It’s so ridiculous to listen to her talk as if nothing bad is going on at all for her. But Gwyneth has always had a protected privileged life and this is no different.”
LOL, yeah, this actually sounds 100% legit. Now, I wonder how she’ll gracefully get out of that GOOP financial trouble…
April 27, 2014 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow‘s friend and GOOP CEO Seb Bishop up and quit out of nowhere. It all seemed kind of suspicious, and while people were trying to say it was because he didn’t like that she announced her divorce from a company perspective, it seems like things might be a tad more serious, since GOOP seems to be in over $1 million worth of debt.
From Radar Online:
For two years running, they racked up serious losses totaling more than $300,000 — thanks in part to an interest-free loan Paltrow took from the company coffers!
According to the most recent corporate documentation filed with the Companies House in the U.K., in 2011, GOOP “incurred a loss of $255,312 (£152,060) and had a net liabilities of $259,969 (£154,834).” And in 2012, they reported “a loss of $39,823 (£23,718) and … net liabilities of $298,512 (£177,788).”
It’s not that GOOP wasn’t making money. In fact, in 2012, they raked in more than $1.5 million (£908,378), thanks in part to $463,486 (£276,040) in product sales, as well as an impressive (£222,243) from Groupon promotions and $373,159 (£535,002) in commissions. All told, the company made $1,893,065 (£1,127,456).
But that same year, GOOP spent $98,150 (£58,456) on Goop.com, $79,961 (£47,623) on the notorious GOOP newsletter, $189,590 (£112,918) on product costs, and a whopping $1,564,995 (£932,096) in administrative expenses,” adding up to the grand profit total of a loss of $39,823 (£23,718).
Chief among those “administrative expenses” were Paltrow and CEO Sebastian Bishop’s “renumeration,” or salaries, for which the company allotted $587,653.25 (£350,000), a sizable increase from the previous year’s figure of $172,585 (£102,788), despite the company’s losses.
The documents also show that in 2012, both Paltrow and Bishop were the recipient of interest-free “loans to directors,” with Paltrow’s listed at a balance of $49,025 (£29,200), of which none was paid back, and Bishop’s at $83,617 (£49,800).
Other expenses in 2012 included $456,007 (£271,584) in other wages, $34,507 (£20,551) on travel, nearly $4,000 (£2,118) on “Entertaining,” and nearly $5,000 (£2,951) on “Staff Entertainment.”
Sooooo… basically they were sorta cooking their own books, or at the very least ignoring the dire financial situation to make sure they got paid even if the company was sinking. There are a lot more numbers that are worth taking a look at (if you care about this sort of thing), but it looks like GOOP may soon be taking a bow unless she can sell a whole lot of $500 sweaters soon.
April 21, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
Oh shit, something’s going down over at GOOP headquarters, y’all. Our Lady of $500 Sweaters is in a bit of a pickle, as the company’s CEO, Seb Bishop, quit abruptly last week, arousing suspicion that something’s not kosher in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s overpriced, whitewashed wonderland.
From the New York Post:
Our source said: “Seb was ready to move his wife, Heidi, and their children from London, and had even been looking at properties in Los Angeles, but then he abruptly quit.” The source added, “There is speculation that he and Paltrow disagreed on the direction of Goop, partly that she used the Web site as a vehicle for her personal life, and the ‘conscious uncoupling’ announcement.”
Paltrow rep Stephen Huvane confirmed Bishop is leaving Goop, but denied he abruptly quit in a disagreement with Paltrow.
He told us, “It’s not completely true. Seb is still with Goop, but has decided not to relocate his family to Los Angeles. He will be transitioning out over time until a replacement is named.”
However, someone at US Weekly is sorta calling bullshit on that story.
“A week and a half ago, he abruptly resigned from GOOP,” the insider tells Us. “It’s really suspicious — I think something weird is going on with GOOP.”
Something weird is always going on with GOOP. Isn’t that sort of the premise upon which it’s based. It’s weird that someone thinks your spring wardrobe should cost $25,000. It’s weird that someone advocates dish towels – PIECES OF CLOTH YOU WILL LITERALLY DRY YOUR HANDS AND DISHES ON – should cost hundreds of dollars, and that that’s a sound investment. It’s weird that you would announce the end of your PERSONAL relationship in your BUSINESS newsletter. I mean, what? I don’t know anything about this Seb guy, but he seems pretty smart to get out while he could.