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By Valerie Reiss
Fresh Living

As part snarky native New Yorker, part spiritualish yogini, I can semi feel Gwyneth Paltrow’s pain from the media-whipping she’s gotten for GOOP, her recent holistic lifestyle venture. Launched last September, GOOP (a name made from her initials) aims to educate about things like balance, yoga, healthy-but-tasty eating, detoxing, conscious parenting, and the like in a simple, from-the-heart way. Meaning, of course, she has been slammed by critics who seem to feast on the flesh of the sincerely seeking. A couple of weeks ago the New York Times explored the mocking in a style section feature.
Though Paltrow wouldn’t comment for the article, the Times sited a USA Today quote from her dissing the haters’ hating: “‘People get a hit of energy when they are negative about something. And they do not understand why they do not have a happy life.'” And then the Times jumped in with its own negativity bong hit: “It’s the kind of statement better left to a guru than an It Girl.”
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