Gwyneth Paltrow ‘only lets her children watch TV in French or Spanish’

I know Gwyneth Paltrow has some defenders, but every time this woman opens her mouth, I just can’t help but find her insufferable. If she’s not deigning to tell the peasants how to live, she’s saying idiotic things like “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can” or telling a fatty just how disappointed she is that they don’t met her skinny standards. The kicker, I think, is that Gwyneth seems to think she’s a world-class “foodie” AND that she’s all about health. To which I say: it’s not healthy to detox as much as she does. Gwyneth seems to be “on a detox” every other month, and Gwyneth has admitted that her dieting and detoxing has left her physically weak and vitamin-deficient. What’s my point? Goop is full of it. She’s not the grand lifestyle/food/fashion expert that she thinks she is.

So what’s Goop’s latest BS? She only allows her kids to watch television in French or Spanish. Ugh, Goop. For the love of…

It’s no secret that Gwyneth Paltrow flies the flag for healthy living. But it seems her outlook on life has gone a little far as she projects strict parenting on her children. The Talented Mr Ripley actress has revealed that she only allows eight-year-old daughter Apple, and son Moses, six, to watch television in French or Spanish instead of their native English.

Speaking to InStyle magazine, the mother-of-two said Apple was ‘cross’ as ‘I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish’.

She added: ‘When I’m in France, I go to [Boulevard] Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons.’

The 39-year-old also spoke about her own draconian diet, and while she has eased the macrobiotic lifestyle, she still considers a cheese-topped French stick and glass of wine to be ‘indulging’.

Gwyneth said: ‘I was very strict for a while, I was macrobiotic for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and just ate ice cream. What I’ve learned is that I want to enjoy my life, and food is a big part of it. I love to cook and feed people. I cook every day. My indulging is a fresh baguette with cheese and a glass of red wine or french fries and fried zucchini. Or a turkey burger.’

During the interview, which was conducted by designer Diane von Furstenberg, the Oscar-winner also touched on her marriage to Chris Martin and hinted why it is still going strong after nine years. She credited their friendship as the ‘easiest’ thing between them, saying they laugh a lot and share the same taste in music, before bravely discussing the hardships too.

Highlighting their differences, Gwyneth said: ‘Probably our artistic temperaments. Artists are sensitive; there are ups and downs mood-wise. Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging.’

She added: ‘I focus more on understanding than being understood.’

And it seems Gwyneth may even let off a little steam in the therapist’s office, as when the blonde was asked why she continues to work so hard having already achieved such a high level of success, it was unclear if she was joking when she quipped: ‘You can call my shrink on that one.’

She continued: ‘The positive thing… is curiosity and momentum. The negative is a need to validate myself or feel special.’

[From The Mail]

For the TV-only-in-French or Spanish thing… I mean, I understand what she’s trying to do. I’ve read those studies too – kids’ brains are like sponges, and it’s much easier for a child to pick up another language than it would be for the average adult. But instead of sounding like a pro-education advocate, Goop just sounds holier-than-thou, like she despises your peasant children who watch TV in (gasp!) English. I would love to force Goop to watch a few hours of Honey Boo Boo. I think her body would simply reject the experience.

As for the quotes about her marriage… weird. “Musicians need a certain gravitas and focus in order to write. The temperament that goes with someone who is creative can be challenging.” It feels like she’s misusing the word “gravitas” but maybe that’s just me. I also think this quote is particularly interesting: “I focus more on understanding than being understood.” It makes me think the marriage is all about HIM. His moods, his temperament, understanding HIM, his gravitas (?).

In other Goop news, she was named by People Magazine as their “Best Dressed Woman” of 2012. Goop deigned to allow her stylist (!) to speak to People about what amazing style Goop has. While I like some of Goop’s styles, I do think her consistently bad makeup-application and her constant insistence on flat-ironing her too-blonde hair should be reason enough to exclude her from any fashion lists. You can read the People interview with Goop’s stylist here.

Last thing – Goop was just named the newest face of Max Factor. Kind of downmarket and peasanty for Goop, right? She used to represent Estee Lauder several years ago. Interesting that she got another beauty contract.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Ella says:

    What does the nanny let them do though?

    Also, definitely misusing ‘gravitas’.

    • smythe says:

      I just came here to stare into Gwynnie’s eyes while I pass gas.


      Now, on with my day!!

      • Ranunculus says:

        Class is not really your strongest virtue, is it?

      • menlisa says:

        @ Ranunculus is humor foreign to you?

      • Ranunculus says:

        You actually thought this was funny! WOW

      • Sandy Pandy says:

        OK – that made me laugh.

      • Gardener says:

        @Ranunculus – after glancing through your other responses I have come to the conclusion that you my dear are a joy-sucker. You suck the joy out of the virtual room.

        Simply put, we come here to post our thoughts. Some are silly, others funny or poignant and some are definitely more well-crafted than others, but the only judging should be about the celebs.

        Everyone should be allowed their voice without being subjected to your critiques and attempts to force us to justify our feelings.

        If you don’t like it, don’t play with us. You should behave more like the flower you profess to be and less like a weed.

        Don’t be a joy-sucking weed.

      • RTR_Girl says:

        @Smythe – hilarious! I needed that laugh today, so thanks!
        @Gardener – +1.

      • menlisa says:

        You go Gardener!!
        Well said!

      • Garrnish Utley says:

        It WAS funny, suckweed. I think I’ll let one fly in Goopie’s general direction, too.

        BTW, why does she think she’s superior to other people, especially Americans?

      • GoodCapon says:

        You go, Gardener!

        And smythe, it WAS funny ;)

  2. hannah says:

    How many advertising contracts does this broad have?

    • Mia 4S says:

      I was just wondering that! I know she likely doesn’t make that much from acting anymore but even so, Chris Martin is not poor. It just seems odd.

  3. Brown says:

    I think she has a pretty obvious inferiority complex and is constantly seeking approval… hence the endless insufferable quotes about how amazing her life is, and how in control if it she is.

    Every time I read one of her interviews, I come away with the feeling that she doesn’t actually believe what she’s saying, and she’s just trying to convince herself that it’s true. I also think her marriage is on the rocks and that Goop is a control freak, so when she feels it start to spiral, she sinks the claws in and gushes about their relationship to convince herself and others that everything is fine. But seriously, how could it be. Could you imagine living with Goop?

    • mata says:

      This. I’ve always gotten the impression that she’s insecure and not nearly as happy as she tries to portray.

    • Kate (newer one) says:

      About 15 years ago there was a small piece in the London Evening Standard, where someone had been in business class for a flight to London and this young woman had droned on all over the Atlantic about her terrible life, and how she never met the right men, and how her boyfriends were always so mean to her, and her friends took advantage, and how nobody appreciated all she did at work and just belittled her ability, and how she had so much more to offer and where did she go wrong? And he went to the loo, and when in there decided he was going to go back and level with her that she was needy, self-absorbed and negative and that if she wanted to be happy she needed to get a grip, start looking outwards, and try to find others as fascinating as she did herself. And maybe wash her hair and make a little more effort with her appearance as she looked like someone without much self-esteem, too, and the action of trying to be more presentable might help her feel better. And just as he reached the seat, an air hostess arrived and said, “Ms Paltrow, how are you finding the flight?” It was Gwynnie, and he’d not recognised her.

      I always remember that, when she is giving out advice on her perfect life.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    She should stop giving interviews because they always make her sound so snooty.
    She must give that therapist a work out!

  5. marie says:

    just when I think she can’t stick her head any further up her butt she surprises me. I believe she’s about shoulders deep..

    • brin says:

      Yeah…I wonder if her kids know how to say “mommy has a stick up her ass” in French and Spanish.

      • whatthehell456 says:

        Coffee spit all over my keyboard…thank you! lol

      • mia girl says:

        brin – even though it’s still early in the morning, I’m callin it… best comment of the day.

      • WickedSteppMom says:

        “Maman a un bâton dans le cul”
        “Mamá tiene un palo en el culo”

        This is why I had difficulty trying to learn Spanish in college after taking 4.5 years of French in middle school/high school…they’re very similar & I kept mixing up words! Of course, now that I’m trying to teach my own kids Spanish, I’m going to have to try very hard not to use the above sentence as an example! ;)

  6. Jayna says:

    The only fault I find with it is the “only” lets them watch tv in another language, instead of including it in their viewing habits. Ugh. Spare me.

    I like her honesty on the relationship. I think a lot of artists, especially singer/songwriters have a darker side. From many interviews over the years of artists like her husband they didn’t find more balanced happiness until their forties. On of my favorite songwriters/singers, who had a similar moodiness,even depression, was brilliantly creative, said if he had been as huge in the 90s as the decade before, his ego and demons would have been massive and his personal relationships would have suffered.

    A lot of women in marriage feel they are more understanding than understood.

    At least she’s honest on her need for validation in her worklife.

    • RocketMerry says:

      I agree. Studies show that children can really absorb the complex structure of languages up until 5 years of age; after that, some parts of the language are not that easily picked up.
      It’s the reason why non-english speaking children (1 to 5 y.o.) can learn how to pronounce english sounds and words that older children find difficult even distinguishing. Oh, the horrors of learning the english “h” and “r”…

      Still, to ONLY make her children listen to tv in foreign languages… HARSH. It can be done much more gently!

      • Zimmer says:

        I don’t think the idea itself is harsh (though i’m sure the kids hate it. However, the comment is snotty and holier-than-thou coming from Goop. I actually think it’s a great idea, but most mothers including myself don’t have the time or energy to implement such a rule. Therefore, it is rude to rub it in our plebeian faces.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I feel bad for her overly-regimented children. Sometimes little kids are happiest when you let them dig in the dirt with sticks and watch silly cartoons. What about what the children want, Goop? Isn’t that important too? Or do they only have value if they reflect her narcissistic standards back at their mother? As a former latch key child (working mother) happily left to her own devices, I say “yuck”.

      • Raven says:

        Watching television is a passive activity. Having to watch it in a foreign language turns it into an active pastime.

      • Mary says:

        It is also very important for children to develop a strong understanding and knowledge of their native language.
        There has been a lot of studies that has shown that children who grow up surrounded by more than two languages risk ending up not learning any language properly.
        I do think learning many languages at a young age is a good thing (I have benefited immensely from my multilingual upbringing), but you must still allow children to have a language that is truly theirs.

      • Kate says:

        I agree with the gist of your comment, but I really think it important to add that English simply isn’t one of the more difficult languages. Russian and Chinese are the two worth proclaiming “oh horror” about.

    • janie says:

      i seem to recall on her on the road gig her giving quite a lot of camera time to discussing teletubbies, showing how she is such a mom.
      are those available in spanish and french as well?

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        It’s been sold to 80 countries and is translated into more than 20 languages, so it’s a safe bet, yes.

        Her poor kids though. Early childhood should be about fun. And ironically, all the evidence is that kids this age learn best through play and adventurous discovery, not hot-housing.

  7. Jackie O says:

    at every turn, she tries so hard to project a certain image (perfect mother, perfect style, perfect diet, perfect citizen, perfect actress, etc). doing so, only illustrates insecurity.

    must get as exhausting for her as it does for the audience.

    • lila says:

      Jessica alba acts the same. They are sooo perfect..ughhhh

    • Narak says:

      I don’t think she is rubbing it in anyone’s face, and I’m sure her kids are compensated with trips to France and Spain for the hardship of enduring foreign language cartoons.

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      Yes, she’s just so cosmopolitan (rolling eyes); does she feed them spaghettio’s and french wine?
      I think it’s good for kids to learn a second language, though. But they have to wade through her Mommy Talk.
      I don’t like the material of her black dress; bland….
      Snooki has more sense than her,and Victoria Beckham is way more “cosmo” and she’s not a pain in the ass….Goop and Madonna could go on tour together; they make such perfect friends.

      • mystified says:

        Well said. For some reason I am just now starting to find Snooki sort of interesting and likable in her unique way.

        Can’t say the same about Goopie. I know she is an anglophile, but must she copy Kate Middleton’s unfortunate eyeliner?

  8. T.C. says:

    Oh Goop giving another entertaining interview. LMAO. I wonder if her daughter will ever forgive her for the name Apple. Really Goop, really?

    • Would Vincet Cassel Wear This? says:

      That kid will be laughing all the way to the bank when Apple make her their spokesperson.

    • Ranunculus says:

      Geeezz ….. what is so bad about naming you kid Apple.

      • Elizabeth says:

        @ Ranunculus – How would you feel (especially as a child) if everyone laughed when you said your name? Or kept asking you to repeat it because they couldn’t believe anyone would give their kid such a name (this happened to a friend’s daughter all the time and one day when she was 4, she insisted on being called Cinderella instead – because at least people knew how to pronounce that!).

      • Ranunculus says:

        Well if you surround yourself and your kids with narrow minded people, well unfortunately, yes that might happen.

      • Kenny says:

        Agreed I dont see it as that big a deal. Kids make fun of each other on practically anything. I have a nice name in another language and I still got made fun of by the english speakers. My parents didn’t name me with the attention of being made dun of. Apples not a bad name, it’s pretty creative actually. Way better than pilot inspecktor…just saying.

      • Garrnish Utley says:

        Are you Goopie….or work for her? You seem to be rather protective of her.

      • videli says:

        I plan to name my kid Cauliflower, regardless of gender.

      • RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

        Whats so bad about it??
        “Apple” is by far the WORST of the WORST of all of the celebrities dumb names that have been bestowed on their spawn. Im really suprised Gwyneth couldnt come up with a more original and lovely sounding name. I cant possibly think of a stupider name than Apple. It shows that really Gwyneth just isent as bright as she’d love for us all to think. She might as well have named her daughter “chair” or “grape” or “doorknob”.
        Massive eyeroll and snort.

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        I think it’s narcissistic to call your child something “unique”, and more so when the overwhelming majority of people think it’s stupid, too. The child has to live with the name for the rest of their life. It’s making the name about you, not them, and that frankly worries me in a parent. Most of us would walk over hot coals to make our children’s lives easier. Giving them a name most people would find seriously weird isn’t really the best start. I still remember when the name was announced, because I thought it was a joke – I couldn’t believe they would do that to their own child.

        It isn’t narrow-minded to think a child’s name should afford them a little human dignity, you know? As a nickname, fine. Why make it the legal name?

  9. Lucy says:

    Man, I can’t wait till those kids are old enough to act out and tell all.

  10. Bluedog says:

    So she thinks she’s an “artist”, does she? How utterly pretentious to call yourself an artist, Pepper Potts.

    And, yes, she misused “gravitas”.

    • Garrnish Utley says:

      The real Pepper Potts was far sexier….and a real redhead. Goop’s mother would’ve fit the role far better if she were younger.

  11. DanaG says:

    Gwenni is so try hard. I hope the kids grow up and become meat eating goths. Whatever she would hate the most! She needs to live in the real world.

  12. trina says:

    Jeez–always unsufferable! -So tired of her “anything American” is declasse b.s. Did this chick even go to college or better herself any other way than doing some stupid colonic?

    Cartoons in French? The French have no sense of humor–their idea of a great comic is Jerry Lewis

    • Elizabeth says:

      She was never a good student. Family connections got her into UC-Santa Barbara and she only stayed for one semester.

    • valleymiss says:

      She dropped out of a state school, UC Santa Barbara, which is 100% a party school. She couldn’t hack it.

    • dahlianoir says:

      We do have a sense of humor ( unlike you it seems), and please, Jerry Lewis is just a pedophile in my book.

      Her kids WATCH TV ? How peasantry ! Don’t they have their own theater or something ?

      • Elizabeth says:

        Touche`! (sorry about the accent placement. Don’t type in french that much)

      • Melissa says:

        I think you’re confusing Jerry Lewis (crappy possibly chauvinist comedian) with Jerry Lee Lewis, who married his 14yr old (or thereabouts) cousin.

    • Kate says:

      I’ll take European history and culture over an American sense of humour any day.

  13. Seagulls says:

    I love her because she is insufferable. I second what Jackie O said above, though – it comes from a place of insecurity and has got to be exhausting for her and everyone around her. I’m free to love her because I don’t know her and I can find her pronouncements just fun for an eye roll.

  14. Mary says:

    I grew up reading and watching TV in three languages (We lived in a bilingual country and my mother spoke a third language at home) Am I really fancy now?

    • jen d. says:

      As long as you don’t start writing pretentious cookbooks and misusing the word “gravitas”;)

      I don’t actually find anything wrong with that particular parenting technique. I think that she’s definitely snooty, but I don’t think she was looking down on English television. I think she’s just trying to expose her kids to other languages.

      I grew up speaking English at home, going to a French school, and watching television in both languages. I kind of wish I’d picked up a third language when I was young.

      • Narak says:

        Wow, I don’t want to defend her, but since I’ve also defended Honey Boo Boo why not – the cookbook is actually easy to use with good recipes that use common ingredients. Criticizing is easy,living in the age of too much information is hard.

      • Mary says:

        No cookbooks, I promise :)

        But yeah, I think it’s great learning more than one language as a kid, it also makes it easier to study languages as an adult (I think).
        The ONLY French and Spanish sounds a bit over the top, but mostly I think children benefit greatly from being exposed to more than one language growing up.

      • jen d. says:

        I also think her technique isn’t that unusual. I mean, I’m willing to bet her kids sneak in some Ren and Stimpy (or whatever kids these days are watching;) when she’s not looking, but she wouldn’t be the first parent to go a bit over the top with monitoring what their children are watching.

      • jen d. says:

        Relax, Narak! It was just an off-hand comment aiming more at the image of GP than the cookbook itself. I’m sure it’s a lovely book.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      Oui, si and ciao baby! Yes, tres fancy!

  15. GoodCapon says:

    ‘Probably our artistic temperaments.’ Wait, she considers herself an artist?! Thanks for the laugh Gwyneth.

    If she wants her children to be fluent or at least conversational in Spanish/French, I think she should also let her children read books in Spanish/French or at least have a tutor who could converse with them in those languages (I think they already got one?) Watching TV in a foreign language could only do so much.

  16. RN says:

    She just doesn’t know where that “balanced” line is, does she? I imagine, as a child of celebrities and then an actress herself, that she’s been living in the world of make-believe her whole life. I’m willing to cut her slack for that. But I secretly want to spiral perm her hair while she’s sleeping.

  17. snappyfish says:

    LMAO at the ungodly ensemble she is wearing in the last photo. how embarassing for her.

  18. Jenny says:

    I think that learning multiple languages is a great idea and it is best done while young. But the way she puts it makes it sound like speaking those languages makes you somehow more intelligent or special, which is really off putting.

    Also, language is not as important as the programs they are watching and some programs in poor old English are fabulous and educational. She tries way too hard and she does misuse “gravitas”. For pity’s sake, he is writing a pop song. How deep is that exactly.

    • Narak says:

      Writing a great pop song is hard. Coldplay put on one of the best shows we saw last year, so more power to them. I think she is an artist- she is just such an easy target.

  19. Mare says:

    She didn’t say anything about other people and their children so when you say “Goop just sounds holier-than-thou, like she despises your peasant children who watch TV in (gasp!) English” you’re making this stuff up.

  20. Sara says:

    Isn’t the content of the tv show more important than what language its in? Cross? Really?

  21. Dee Cee says:

    Great books on my mother was drooling, freaky, bad stranger crazy.. Dad didn’t care; to come out about this family when the pretentious kids grow up.

  22. Patricia says:

    Have to say I just don’t understand what’s so awful about GP. I like her. She’s interesting on her own special way and harmless.

  23. tru tru says:

    I’m truly surprised that folks still care about her, with her boring behind.

    she tries hard to be relevant and above the rest.


    • Chatcat says:

      If there are “people who care about her” it is a small number. However, she does know how to shove herself down people’s throats to keep her “relevant”.

      I can’t stand her, I think she is repulsive and a total bitch among bitches and totally unattractive.

  24. Jenna says:

    Well, I can’t really dig on her for the language thing. I love languages! So far I only speak four, but I’m working my way up. But then again I can’t stand Spanish TV. Oy. Hopefully she’s gets her kids to watch good Spanish programs.

  25. Flora Kitty says:

    The idea is good for the kids language skills. I wish that we started language education earlier in school. That said she always comes across as a pretentious jackass. I would love to see her and her kids live with Honey Boo Boo’s family for a week.

  26. S_____ says:

    My kids watch French TV on weekdays. They watch Phineas and Ferb and more in French. But believe me, with translated Scooby Doo and Pair of Kings in the mix, it definitely doesn’t have to be snooty.
    Of course, I’m not buying DVDs in France.

  27. Christina says:

    Ugh, she is such a pretentious asshole. She is so overrated as an actress. Bitch needs to take a lesson in acting and class from her mother. As for her grossly Botoxed forehead and her fried up straw hair…that is not very “healthy” now is it?? I just never got what the big appeal was of her. Sure she has been in some good movies, but there are plenty of actresses out there who can act circles around her and don’t act like stuck up biznatches. Maybe she needs to get laid and eat a box of donuts.

  28. MonicaQ says:

    I love comic books and it just grates on my nerves that Mrs. Paltrow’s in “Iron Man”. Pepper Potts aka Rescue was a pretty good character and just…her…

    Every time I see her I just wince. It’s not hate or dislike but more of a, “…Why?”

  29. Whatever says:

    Insufferable woman she always talks about how she is oh so good and too good for america. She needs to move abroad and STAY THERE!

  30. Jen34 says:

    Her marriage is in the toilette. Her kids hate her. She is starving herself. She needs all the free Max Factor makeup she can get her hands on because she is looking really old.

    Thanks, Goop. Your interviews always make my plebeian life seem better than yours.

  31. NavyWife says:

    Oh I just had a mental picture of tying her up and forcing her to watch Honey Boo Boo while force feeding her snickers and cheese wiz. Oh and we will make her wear Walmart brand clothes like the rest of us peasants!! Viva la Revalution!! Ok my Spanish sucks but you get my point;)

    • Chatcat says:

      Now that would be an episode of a reality show I’d actually watch! :)

      • Ranunculus says:

        Isn’t his exactly what she is trying to avoid. She gets hate for giving her kids a good education and have them exposed to many cultures. It’s not a bad thing.

      • Chatcat says:

        It isn’t the message…it’s the messenger. As the say on the street “she has no cred”… because of all her pontificating and belittling she has done along the way.

  32. ShanKat says:

    Cabeza du merde.

  33. Kellie says:

    I totally understand what she’s saying about her marriage. Relationships: who is the lamb and who is the knife. When you make a choice to be with a creative person that essentially lives and breaths what they do; it is about orbiting around them. You truly learn what it means to be selfless. But of course, you need an element of reciprocity.

  34. Turd Fergussen says:

    I hate her.

    That is all.

  35. funny_girl says:

    I actually don’t mind Gwyneth..sure she is a try hard, she is a perfectionist and I think that’s probably her issue with her marriage too. Instead of saying that Chris Martin is not a good husband -wasn’t he meant to be cheating with Kate Bosworth a while back??-, she’ll say “oh I can make it better”. No, Gwyneth, you cannot. She seems to put up with a lot of crap from Chris..she mentioned before that he’s not great at communicating because “he’s British” and basically using his nationality as an excuse, that Americans are better at communicating. Oh Chris also won’t walk down a red carpet with her, won’t help her launch a singing career-I’m not saying she’s a good singer but it’s bad that he won’t even help her out with that. He should be supportive of her, he is her husband. Now this statement about her being more understanding than being understood.

    She prob is a pushy parent but what’s so bad about that? At least the kids are getting attention from her and that she cares about them. I never see Chris Martin with the kids, it seems to be either whatever Gwyneth and the nanny does. I think she’s just staying in the marriage for the kids..once the kids are grown up, she’ll be gone.

  36. NYC_girl says:

    Do CDs still have PAL/NTSC standards? If so, she would have a problem playing them in the US, but maybe she has a dual-standard player, if that even exists.

  37. yOXA says:

    It would make perfect sense if the kids living in London with their English Dad & fluent in Spanish muther would just hire a French speaking nanny and a Chinese cook who could all speak in tongue.
    Oh but then there would be no need for the sickening interviews.

  38. taxi says:

    I like her & do not consider her pretentious. Lea Michelle, Chloe Sevigny, Hilary Swank, Salma Hayek seem much more pretentious.

    Some her cooking stuff is interesting & if her wardrobe is beyond budget for most of us, there are many knock-offs available to get a similar look.

  39. Christian says:

    But whither the quotes about her BFFS Beyonce and Jay-Z? I kind of love that she exists, as her quotes/interviews are always a good way to exercise my eye-rolls. Never change, Gwyneth, never change.

  40. jwoolman says:

    In the USA, it’s very easy to watch a lot of kid programming in Spanish. Just hit the language button on the remote. I’ve accidentally done that after falling asleep with the tv on (keep the remote under the pillow to avoid having a cat run off with it) and it’s a bit startling to wake up to a cartoon in Spanish. But it occurred to me that this would be a great language learning tool for kids. They’re little language learning machines. So she really is smart to do this. Also smart if she controls what they watch by using DVDs etc. rather than just letting them vegetate in front old the tube, watching whatever is beamed into their head by The Mouse or The Nick or Cartoon Network. A friend never hooked up his tv to an antenna or cable, they just let the kids watch videos from the library (our local has a good collection of movies and shows).

    At one point for a brief time, Disney had videos of some of their live action shows in the versions used elsewhere, dubbed in other languages. Really interesting.

    Only in the USA would promoting learning other languages be assumed to be a sign of snobbery. I remember when Kerry was running for Prez- the fact that he was fluent in French was counted against him. When a US reporter had the audacity to ask a French politico a question in French, Prez Bush II (sharing the same stage in France) mocked him. The Prez’s actions went over just fine in the US, but baffled a lot of other people. I remember trying to explaIn it to my non-US colleagues. The Prez actually could speak Spanish, but he seemed to be careful to not speak it very well. It’s okay to know enough Spanish to give orders to workers, apparently. But French is beyond the pale.

    • Minty says:

      Remember, it’s President Bush you’re talking about. That ignorant fool (who was elected twice – WTF America?) is not representative of all Americans. Sure, there are plenty of ignoramuses here who mock the educated and multilingual. Maybe they don’t like others to rise above their level. Perhaps it’s due to an inferiority complex.

      But the US has a large population and there are plenty of places where people speak multiple languages and appreciate exposure to different cultures (obvious examples: Miami, NY, LA). After all, many Americans are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. A lot of them speak their “native” tongue as well as English. They also honor and practice the culture of their ancestors.

      As someone pointed out: it’s not the message that annoys, it’s the messenger. Encouraging children to learn other languages is wonderful. Gwyneth said, “I only let them watch TV in French or Spanish”, as if English had no educational value for her children. She’s also made several disparaging remarks about the US in the past. Yet the privileged lifestyle she so enjoys (and brags about) is due to the opportunities available to her and her parents as American citizens. If this country is so inferior and beneath her, she should permanently move elsewhere. Celebrities more appreciative can get the cushy American jobs (film/tv roles and product endorsements) she’s normally offered. Let’s see how much lucrative work she can get in France or Spain, where she would have to compete with their native celebrities.

    • Minty says:

      “Only in the USA would promoting learning other languages be assumed to be a sign of snobbery.”

      Umm, no, this kind of attitude can also be found in other countries. England, for example. Every nation has its mixture of educated and ignorant people.

  41. annaloo. says:

    She may be insecure bc she made it into a highly competitive field based upon nepotism and who she dated. Classic psychology…. she doesn’t know if her isolated efforts alone would have ever placed her in the A-list Pantheon she walks in now, so she validates her place in it by talking about how much and how hard she works.

    Her performances are forgettable and she will likely not be remembered as one of America’s Great Actors. If she were on her way to that, she wouldn’t need to shill and sell her lifestyle so much. You don’t see Julianne Moore marketing a lifestyle blog or Julia Roberts putting books and goods on the market.

    • Mare says:

      So what if she’s not one of the greatest actors ever? Is it so awful that she’s not best in history at her job? Not everyone can or should be Meryl Streep. Should she quit movies because she’s not the best actress ever? I don’t get it. And is it such a crime that she does other things in life too? Why is it bad if she writes a blog or does something else? Should we all do just one thing in life and nothing more?

  42. zut alors! says:

    Goopy seems to have a more lucrative career endorsing products, than actual movie roles.

  43. BooBooLaRue says:

    Heeeeeeeeee another educated bimbo. Go away!

  44. Sam says:

    My husband’s first language is Hebrew. My first language is German. We both wanted our son to speak both. But here’s the thing – giving them cartoons won’t do it! All that research that shows that little kids can pick up new languages is true, but only if the parents reinforce the language throughout the day and speak it with them! TV is passive learning where you just sit there. To learn a language, you have to actively learn. So we speak Hebrew and German a lot to our son, and he’s learning. She doesn’t even actually understand how language education works.

  45. Memphis says:

    Wow. She tries wayyy to hard to paint her life as perfect and make herself seem above it all doesn’t she? And she really needs to let go of the flat iron.

  46. videli says:

    I’m not sure that I should even care, but I’m so… disappointed in her. And it’s only because the mention of the Talented Mr. Ripley, a movie that I love, and in which she was both vibrant and vulnerable. She had so much promise as an actress when younger. Now, what the hell is she now? A Martha Stewart for the 1 percent? A pimp of bland expensive T-shirts? She’s certainly not an artist.

  47. Darth says:

    Goop is a real life Single White Female. (showing my age here.) When she was besties with Winona Ryder she copied her short pixie cut & began attending alternative rock shows & trying to date guys in bands. And I’m sure we’ve all heard the story of her stealing Winona’s Shakespeare script from her apartment & grabbing the role for herself.
    Then when she switched over to Madonna she copied her long wavy Ray of Light hair for a while, became brittish, and started wearing a red Kaballah string around her wrist & learning yoga.
    I think she’s sick in the head & has no personality or identity of her own & just borrows bits & pieces from others around her. And from the way she talks about food it seems she has an eating disorder as well, masked as simply being “health-conscious.”
    Hang around Jay Z and dress like a 40 year old whore all you want Gwynnie. You will never be hip and you will always have a sexless duck face.

  48. Katija says:

    My parents purposefully made an effort to ensure I was bilingual, but lemme tell ya… nothing was “banned.” If they had only exposed me to Russian cartoons or English cartoons, I would have been bitter about it. She is such a pill.

  49. mimi says:

    People who are really serious about their health, do not tan so much.

    What’s wrong with her natural skin color?

    I feel for her re: her marriage and the way her husband treats her.

    I think that contributes a lot to the insecurity and the way she conducts herself, and instead of criticizing her, you guys should be feeling her pain and show some understanding.

    If anything, that’s very sad that a woman circa 2012, will stay with a man who mistreats her, even if she is pretty, successful and wealthy.

  50. Kapowski says:

    I call bullsh*t on this. Her kids watch nickelodeon just like everyone else.

  51. Peachy says:

    Estupido? Oui!

  52. Shelly says:

    You know, I love to cook and I love food and all that. I even like her cookbook and her whole-food approach to health. However, I am so sick of hearing this chick talk about her diet. Yawn. I don’t give a crap what she eats or how she indulges. And the French or Spanish TV thing is just a laugh. Whatever, Gwyn.

  53. dooliloo says:

    Sit your little pretentious and boring a$$ somewhere Pepper…. zzzzzzzz

  54. barb says:

    I think its rather smart actually. She doesn’t need to monitor TV time then, cause they’re learning two other languages just by osmosis. The ultimate in multi-tasking. I think she should reward them with some English Tv time too though.

  55. lisa2 says:

    I think she says things like this to stay in the media and relevant. I’m really surprised that no one points out how her career has fallen. If you notice every new article about her is about everything and anything OTHER THAN acting.

    I’m done.

  56. Jaxx says:

    I can’t stand her but if any OTHER mother in the world said that I would probably think, “hey, great idea!” Because it seems to me that she is at least letting them watch cartoons even if they are in a foreign language. Two birds, etc.

  57. GIrlyGirl says:

    She’s probably trying to save them from seeing any of her movies