Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Issues a Rare Response to a Critic

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Gwyneth Paltrow has faced her share of critics since launching her lifestyle brand Goop in 2008. With almost 10 years of experience under her belt (and decades before that as a Hollywood star), Paltrow typically seems unbothered by her opponents who have lambasted her for everything from publishing outrageous gift guides to promoting products using pseudo-science. That is until OB-GYN Jen Gunter, a longtime critic of the website, published a blog post in January about Goop selling its much-discussed $66 vaginal jade eggs writing, “The only thing your post got right is to check with your doctor before using one. So let me give you some free advice, don’t use vaginal jade eggs.” In a rare move, Goop decided to respond on Thursday, with Paltrow tweeting out a link to the statement along with Michelle Obama’s famed D.N.C. quote, “When they go low, we go high,” which, it should be noted, was not in reference to vaginas.

“As goop has grown, so has the attention we receive. We consistently find ourselves to be of interest to many—and for that, we are grateful—but we also find that there are third parties who critique goop to leverage that interest and bring attention to themselves,” the post began before turning its focus to Gunter, who was referred to as a “San Francisco-based OB-GYN/blogger,” who they claimed “has been taking advantage of the attention and issuing attacks to build her personal platform—ridiculing the women who might read our site in the process.”

Goop’s blog ended with letters from two doctors, Steven Gundry and Aviva Romm. Gundry opened his letter criticizing Gunter’s language (“[I] have never seen a medical discussion start or end with the ‘F-bomb,’ yet yours did”) before proceeding to list off his resume, making sure to add that he has never “dropped” an “F-bomb” while speaking with a “discussant.”

Gunter spoke to Buzzfeed about Goop’s statement while on vacation in England telling them she “was shocked to see Gundry mansplaining science to me. I have four board certifications. I was a doctor when I was 23.” She also questioned why she was the one to be singled out by Goop and Paltrow as there are many Goop-critics to choose from, including Stephen Colbert and Timothy Caulfield, who wrote an article for Salon in 2015 called “Gwyneth Paltrow is Wrong About Everything” and recently published a book with the slightly less affirmative title “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash.” Caulfield also spoke to Buzzfeed about Gunter’s work, telling them “we need more and more voices like Jen to combat the noise on pop culture around health, which is often dominated by science-free celebrities.”

It’s difficult to pinpoint just why Jen Gunter was the one to face the unusual ire of Goop and the Goop-adjacent. It could be because, unlike Colbert and even Caulfield, Gunter is an easy, unknown target to lash out at. Or maybe she was their most prolific critic who finally managed to push one button too many. Or they were just really tired of all those F-bombs. Whatever the reason is, and regardless of who’s right or who’s wrong, history has taught us that the world of Goop will keep on spinning.

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Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow

Just call Steven Spielberg godfather to the stars—Barrymore and Paltrow, both from entertainment families—are goddaughters of the famous director. Barrymore, who starred in Spielberg’s E.T. at age seven, became Spielberg’s goddaughter when she was a teen, reports the New York Daily News. As Paltrow’s godfather, he has treated the actress, who made a small appearance in his 1991 film Hook, to trips on his yacht around the Mediterranean, [reports U.K. publication Stylist](http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/surprising-celebrity-godparents.

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Henry Winkler and Bryce Dallas Howard

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Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne

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<strong>Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus</strong>

Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus

This godparent-godchild duo came to be after country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus first recorded his hit “Achy, Breaky Heart” in the early 1990s. In the process, he got to know the legendary Parton, and eventually made her his daughter’s godmother. Since then, Parton has dubbed herself Miley Cyrus’s “fairy godmother.” The two have even performed Parton’s hit “Jolene” together. “I’m just real proud of her. She does not need my advice, but she’s often asking for information and advice, and I tell her what I know, but I think the girl’s doing all right without me,” Parton said of her goddaughter, in a 2012 CBS interview.

by Tyler Golden/NBC/.

<strong>Macaulay Culkin and Paris Jackson</strong>

Macaulay Culkin and Paris Jackson

Culkin was a close friend of Michael Jackson when the actor was just a young child star. Jackson named Culkin godfather of his daughter, Paris, now 18, who, in December 2016, shared a photo after she gave her famous godfather a pedicure.

left, by Gary Miller/FilmMagic; right, by Lester Cohen/WireImage.

<strong>Lady Gaga and Elijah and Zachary Furnish-John</strong>

Lady Gaga and Elijah and Zachary Furnish-John

Gaga is godmother to both of Elton John’s young sons, Elijah and Zachary. “She’s a great role model, she’s young, [and] she’s been a great godmother to Zachary. . . . We’re all bonkers in this business, but we’re human beings at the same time,” John told Glamour U.K. after he and husband David Furnish named the singer their second son’s godmother in 2013.

left, by Tom Pennington/; right, by Dave Benett/Elton John AIDS Foundation/WireImage.

<strong>Bono and Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt</strong>

Bono and Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie selected Bono as the godfather of their twins, Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, when they were born in 2008. According to reports from Digital Spy at the time, Pitt had admired the U2 front man for years, and the couple had gotten to know him well.

left, by DVT/Star Max/GC Images; right, by Jun Sato/GC Images.

<strong>Johnny Depp and Billy-Ray and Nell Burton</strong>

Johnny Depp and Billy-Ray and Nell Burton

Depp, Tim Burton’s constant star, is also the godfather to his son with ex Helena Bonham Carter. Though Depp was close to both members of this couple, Bonham-Carter told Playboy, via Vanity Fair, when they split that Burton could have custody of Depp. “They get the same poo jokes. Nothing will separate them,” she said.

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<strong>Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow</strong>

Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow

Just call Steven Spielberg godfather to the stars—Barrymore and Paltrow, both from entertainment families—are goddaughters of the famous director. Barrymore, who starred in Spielberg’s E.T. at age seven, became Spielberg’s goddaughter when she was a teen, reports the New York Daily News. As Paltrow’s godfather, he has treated the actress, who made a small appearance in his 1991 film Hook, to trips on his yacht around the Mediterranean, [reports U.K. publication Stylist](http://www.stylist.co.uk/people/surprising-celebrity-godparents.

by SGranitz/WireImage.

<strong>Henry Winkler and Bryce Dallas Howard</strong>

Henry Winkler and Bryce Dallas Howard

Howard’s father, actor and director Ron Howard, made his Happy Days co-star his daughter’s godfather, and the actress knows she lucked out with that selection. During an interview with The Talk in August 2016, she said, “He’s just the most wonderful man. It’s great as a kid to have adults who you can go to who are mentors. They don’t have the ability to ground you, but they do have the wisdom of being someone who loves you and who cares about you and is aware.” When it came to choosing her own child’s godfather, Dallas Howard chose actor and The Book of Mormon breakout star, Josh Gad.

left, by Noel Vasquez/; right, by David Livingston/.

<strong>Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne</strong>

Joan Collins and Cara Delevingne

British royalty Collins was named Delevingne’s godmother when she was born in 1992, but as Dame Collins told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live, she was 1 of 16 godparents to the model. “I asked [Delevingne’s parents], ‘Why do you have so many godparents?’ ” she said. “And they said, ‘Well, in case any of them die.’ ”

By Stephen Coke/REX/Shutterstock.



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