I can't believe you're making me defend Goop again

I can't believe you're making me defend Goop again

Gwyneth Paltrow said this thing:

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”

And now noted war expert Cindy McCain and countless others have weighed in to tell Goop why she's a spoiled Hollywood baby who wouldn't know real war if it flew over her head, dropping bombs on her palatial Southern California manse.

It's not like Goop doesn't know what she's doing. She totally knows what she's doing. She's an evil mastermind, and you folks who can't stand her are just giving her more publicity. So, way to go on that.

Which, yeah. Did Gwyneth overstate things? Sure. Could she have used a different example to make the same point about finding meaning through adversity (like death of a loved one or getting cut off in traffic)? Of course. Was her comparing what she has gone through has a celebrity person to the horrors of military war a wee bit hyperbolic? Perhaps. But did she use imagery that we, as a society, constantly shy away from? No.

We compare everything to war: the Mommy Wars, the NHL playoffs, shopping on Black Friday, the high school hierarchy, CrossFit class. And that's fine. We're cool with all that. Because it's not Gwyneth saying it. She's our favorite punching bag, our best distraction from having any real conversation about serious issues that seem too big and too scary. It's easy to get your Shibues in a bunch over the inane things Gwyneth says. Trying solve actual problems? That's hard.

 

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