Just days after The New York Times published this article Gwyneth is speaking out about the criticism that her lifestyle Web site, Goop.com, is receiving.
“I think the people who are criticizing it or criticizing the idea of it, don’t really get it, because if they did, they would like it,” Gwyneth, 36, told People magazine Wednesday night at a New York City benefit she hosted for Bent On Learning, a non-profit organization which arranges yoga and meditation classes in the city’s public schools.
Gywneth said she believes the criticism simply stem from the fact that she’s doing something new and different. “I think that people like people to stay in their ‘box’ – they like people to stay how they are comfortable seeing them.”
Gwyneth told People magazine of Goop.com, “There’s nothing incendiary about it. I find it really interesting because it’s a harmless [news]letter that goes out each week.”
The New York Times asks “why is she suddenly on TV giving dieting and fitness tips, backing a gym, writing a cookbook and an online newsletter full of shopping advice, kabbalistic musings and discussion of the Master Cleanse?” Gwyneth says she decided to launch Goop, “because I felt like I had a lot of really useful information that I was privileged enough to get, because I have this amazing, super, fortunate life.”
In addition, she said, “My friends call me all the time to say, ‘Where should I go?’ or ‘What should I do?’ And I thought, you know maybe some other people would be interested in it as well, so I started it, and it’s doing great.”
Today’s Goop newsletter began with the following story before continuing on to recommend places to stay and dine while in Paris:
When I was ten years old, my father and I took a trip to Paris, leaving my younger brother and mother in London where she was filming a movie. My dad believed in one-on-one time with us, and sometimes that extended to a weekend away. We stayed at a great hotel and he said I could order whatever I wanted for breakfast (French fries). We went to the Pompidou museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre – the usual spots. It was pretty great. On the plane back to London he asked me if I knew why we had gone, just he and I, to Paris for the weekend. I said no, but I felt so lucky for the trip. He said, “I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you, no matter what.” From that time on, Paris was and continues to be very special to me. I lived there for five months in 1994 and I have made many trips back. These are the places in Paris I stay and eat and toast my dad.
She seems to be positioning herself to be the next Martha Stewart. Do you think that she deserves all the criticism?