Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Problem with Gwyneth

Apparently, people don't really like Gwyneth Paltrow plying herself as a new-age lifestyle guru (cookbook, gym, web site called goop, TV show with Mario Batali), and this makes some people scratch their heads. Why not a Gwyneth cookbook when there's a Madonna children's book (or two). But, this doesn't surprise me. The New York Times article charting this phenomenon is all mystified, "Maybe we just like her too much as a nice to-the-manor-born Upper East Sider." Or maybe when you're born to the manor you shouldn't try to tell other people how to get there (even if there is a crystal new age interior castle built by yoga).

2 comments:

roni said...

People are perfectly aware that Martha and Oprah are millionaires, but they seem more likeable when we learn that they like flea market linens and Izze sodas. Gwyneth just keeps reminding us that she comes from a rarified world when she blithely recommends $100 boxes of boutique chocolates as gifts and staying at £400/night London hotels.

Robin Aronson said...

That's right ...and she never couldn't afford those things....and Martha and Oprah built something -- I'm not saying it's nothing to be an actress, but it's something different from the other gurus.....