Gwyneth Paltrow was called a ‘f–king extortionist’ for her UK Goop Summit

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Can you imagine having $5700 lying around and deciding to spend that money on the In Goop Health Summit? Can you imagine dropping six Gs for stickers, crystals and fake science? Rich people are dumb and gullible, that’s the only explanation, I’m sorry. Gwyneth did attend part of her In Goop Health Summit in London this past weekend, and the biggest headline on Monday was about Gwyneth’s ass. As in, she was talking about her ass and how Tracy Anderson had transformed her square ass into whatever she has now, only she admitted that Tracy’s Method is so fragile that one week of eating pasta in Italy will undue years of ass progress, saying: “But my butt is not great at the moment. I was just in Italy and I totally pigged out on pasta.” Super-relatable. Also relatable? Scamming rich bitches out of thousands of dollars on her way out the door:

Attendees of Gwyneth Paltrow’s UK wellness summit in London are revolting after they were charged $5,700 to attend — then subjected to a weekend-long Goop sales pitch, while the actress skipped out on some of the festivities. One attendee told us that a prominent British guest was so appalled by the aggressive Goop hype that she sent a WhatsApp message to fellow attendees saying, “GP [what the Goop community calls Paltrow] is a f - - king extortionist.”

Those at the event this weekend were urged to book rooms through Goop at $1,300 for two nights at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel, but some later discovered that rates that weekend started at $250 a night. (The Goop rooms were suites with a gluten-free breakfast included.) The event featured a “health summit” where Gwyneth — who was surrounded by security — offered helpful tips such as “creativity with your hands is like channeling God,” how to “hydrate mindfully” along with a sound bath, and a workout with her trainer Tracy Anderson.

One attendee told us, “Gwyneth acts like she’s a health goddess, but actually she’s a pretentious, greedy extortionist. She had a ton of security . . . She was unapproachable. She did the minimum — a few fireside chats with Twiggy and Penelope Cruz, then she put on her Birkenstocks and snuck out . . . I was a huge fan of Gwyneth; now I feel like I have lost my faith in God.”

A Goop rep said the true value of the weekend was over $8,000 because of free extras including golden facials and “far-infrared gemstone therapy” as well as health panels not connected to Goop. As for Gwyneth: “In addition to walking around the summit, she also hosted an intimate workout class with Tracy . . . followed by . . . a panel, where she and Tracy answered attendee questions in an honest, casual setting . . . We have not received negative feedback . . . [It] was more along the lines of, ‘Thanks for an amazing weekend!’ ”

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“A Goop rep said the true value of the weekend was over $8,000 because of free extras including golden facials and ‘far-infrared gemstone therapy’ as well as health panels not connected to Goop.” Ah, so it was really worth $8K but they only charged $5800 because Gwyneth is such a generous, non-scammy soul who simply wants rich women to have the best fake science, out of the good of her heart. Imagine trying to put a price on that! Imagine trying to put a price on putting crystals and lasers on your face and calling it medicine. Imagine trying to put a price on rubbing lotion on one’s face at a specially branded Goop summit. Why, it’s practically a BARGAIN at $5800. No, really – imagine having that money to spend and choosing to spend on this. I don’t feel sorry for these women. Gwyneth knows her market because she IS her market: ignorant rich a–holes.

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  1. Insomniac says:

    “Attendees of Gwyneth Paltrow’s UK wellness summit in London are revolting…” The article could have stopped there, IMO.

  2. OriginalLala says:

    “More money than brains” is what I think of when reading about people who actually attend Goop summits

    • Elkie says:

      You can get 5 sachets of GOOP marine collagen supplement from Cult Beauty for £18, or a full pound (45 servings) of marine collagen supplement from Amazon for £22.

      And they’ve been selling the former for a while, so people must be buying it.

      • Piptopher says:

        lol what’s your point? Tiffany’s sells things under 50 dollars but that doesn’t make it an reasonable store in general?

      • OriginalLala says:

        lol I stand by my first comment – if you are willing to shell out for Goop’s overpriced. pseudo-scientific quakery then you have more money than brains.

      • Aperol says:

        I’m pretty sure Elkie is pointing out how extortionate Goop’s prices in general are – for a particular product, you can go to Amazon and buy 45 servings for only a touch more than Goop sells five servings for.

        And obviously their rip off scheme is working because people are buying it.

    • Mee says:

      She did one in LA too about a couple months ago. Attendees were 100% rich, white women. Who sipped on drinks like ‘Gwyneth’s Energy booster’ aka vitamin c in powder packs stirred into water. And ate gluten free donuts and yogurt. She knows who her target is. And she will scam them till they stop showing up.

  3. lana86 says:

    Ok where r the photos of the ass, I’m mildly interested

  4. Elena says:

    She has ZERO credentials regarding health and medicine, why listen to her for free. Much less pay for it

    • marjorie says:

      Amen. People with real credentials – MD’s, Registered Dietitians, etc. – are constantly calling her out on twitter. It’s so frustrating that despite this, so many “sheeple” blindly follow her advice and throw away their money..

  5. Billbop says:

    Why would anyone pay this much money for a Goop weekend? Don’t blame Gwyneth that there are so many idiots willing to throw their money away! They got what they paid for, fake science…

    • MrsBanjo says:

      Nah, still blame Gwyneth for shilling fake science. It’s dangerous and just because people are stupid enough to buy it doesn’t mean she gets off the hook for peddling her snake oil.

      • NYer says:

        Just adding my two cents that I would not miss it at all if Celebitchy denied coverage of Paltrow’s GOOP brand altogether. She is a promoter of fraudulent science for profit who has publically celebrated the fact that every time we click on her name, her earnings grow (or something to that effect). Just my two cents.

      • Nanea says:

        @NYer: On the contrary, it’s extremely important to have these discussions outside of medical-adjacent blogs.
        It’s a sad truth that the esoteric quacks, the anti-vaxxers and other frauds and conspiracy theorists get more vocal, with dire consequences for public health, and hence get called out, named, and shamed at every possible corner of the internet.

      • NYer says:

        @Nanea – I take your point. Sometimes I wonder instead of us all clicking and then piling on to agree with each other, if it might somehow be more effective to simply deny people like Paltrow the media coverage she’s chasing. But I do hear you that it’s important to get the word out about the spread of pseudoscience. Why only this morning I read of the International Pediatric Chiropractor Association recommending spinal adjustments on newborns as an alternative to vaccination. I’m hoping I read wrong, but…oof.

      • Enormous Coat says:

        GOOP is a grifter, plain and simple. She and Ivanka have that in common. Hell, if the Dotard wins a second term, GOOP will likely be the HHS Secretary, then we will all have to endure mandatory vaginal steamings.

      • dlc says:

        Spinal adjustments on newborns!? That is the most horrifying thing I have read today.

    • Aperol says:

      I do blame her because she (like Oprah before her) gives quacks relevancy and a platform to spew their sexist garbage.

      The healthcare industry in general fails women. But Goop and her charlatans take advantage of that fact to say “Ohhhhh, no one understands you, but buy our product and the ethereal rays of this crystal-infused unicorn dust will cure your issues”.

      • Slowsnow says:

        This is actually one of the most accurate points I’ve read about the real issues around Goop. The rest is annoying but not unique. Unlike what she likes to think this is just quackery packaged for wealthy people. It has always existed in one form or another. But she does specialize in responding to a demand (albeit without any credentials and science to do so) from women who do not find their needs met by science and medicine.

      • Aperol says:

        Yes, Slowsnow! And it bothers me because it is SO MISOGYNISTIC to prey on not just the insecurities of women, but the failings of the standard health care system – not with real solutions or cures but with aerie-fairy magic dust. Gwyneth knows her sh*t isn’t helping or curing anyone, she’s counting on the desperation and her name recognition to make a buck. And you’d have to hate other women, truly hate them and think they were idiots, to do that.

  6. Megan says:

    Not buying the quotes from the disgruntled attendees. No one ever said “ I feel like I have lost my faith in god” about Goop.

    • elimaeby says:

      I know, right? I actually cackled at that. Gwyneth is literally a god to you? Seek help. LOL.

    • Becks1 says:

      That cracked me up too!

    • Bella DuPont says:

      If an attendee actually made that comment then someone probably needs to have a chat with them about Father Christmas.

    • Lorelei says:

      I actually do believe that someone probably said that, which is absolutely hilarious. No idea why so many people worship Goop but she has a large fan base of people throwing their money at her.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Well, that silly woman needs to learn to not put people – even GP! – on a pedestal. Put someone on a pedestal, and they look down on you. I don’t feel even a modicum of sympathy for the attendees of this Goop con. She sees them coming and capitalises. Fools and their money and all that.

  7. lisa says:

    She’s not making them come. They eat up all the mess she puts out then complain. I don’t feel bad for them at all. You get what you pay for.

  8. a says:

    “Imagine trying to put a price on putting crystals and lasers on your face and calling it medicine.”

    Having lasers on your face is medicine: it’s dermatology. We’re in agreement about the rest, though: it’s complete b*llocks.

  9. Darkladi says:

    If I had this kind of money, I wouldn’t spend it. Goop is nothing but a Fyre Festival for rich, pretentious dingbats.
    Good on Goop for getting that bread. Idiots.

  10. Sofiya says:

    Any idiot that pays that much money for a goop convention deserves to lose it all.

  11. bored at work says:

    I feel SO sorry for those poor attendees! Said noone ever.

  12. Bee says:

    I’m almost Team GP because it’s like she’s trolling rich dumb women on an epic scale and they are actually falling for it.

    • Jenns says:


    • Jamie says:

      Except we don’t know if they were really all rich women or if there were some gullible middle class women who put everything on credit cards that they’ll be paying the minimum monthly charge on for the next 20 years.

      • Aperol says:

        Exactly, Jamie. Everyone wants the schadenfreude of saying “Haha rich people are dumb” but a lot of attendees will be desperate middle class women who have “tried everything” to look younger, thinner, etc.

  13. cannibell says:

    Well, any lingering guilt I might have felt about the ~ $350 I spent last weekend to *drive a Ferrari 488 on an actual racetrack just completely evaporated, because I actually got something for my money! Thanks for the reframe, Kaiser & Goopie!

    *Mad fun. I didn’t get the car above 80, but I also didn’t a) crash ($5,000) b) hit a cone ($500 per) or c) go off the track ($500 two wheels; $1,000 four wheels) so I’m calling it a win.

    • Some chick says:

      Wow! That sounds amazing. I’d have been terrified the entire time!

      • cannibell says:

        It was amazing and I was terrified. But once I was in the car it was better. I’d never done anything like that before, but I just had a big “0” birthday so this was kind of a present to myself.

    • cicada says:

      I have to ask, did you do this in Italy? I’ve signed up to do this for my birthday next month and I can’t wait.

      • cannibell says:

        No, it was in the US. The company is called Xtreme Xperience, and they travel to racetracks across the country 11 months a year – you have to take a required 1/2 hour class before doing the drive. A professional driver – in the passenger seat – talks you through the course. I highly recommend paying the extra scratch for a pre-drive ride-along, where you get to see what it’s like to drive the course before you’re out there yourself. Funny you asked if it was in Italy, because the reason I decided to go for it is that I’m going there for the first time and thought it would be a fun way to prepare!

  14. minx says:

    Some people really are that gullible.

  15. Who ARE These People? says:

    Fix the tax code.

  16. Chrissyms says:

    ” i feel like I have lost my faith in God” Quote of the day.

  17. Teebee says:

    I am inclined to believe that she is totally aware of her scamming ways, though she does also fall on the regular for new age health practices.

    Acting simply isn’t generating her income anymore. She’s got champers and caviar dreams but no way to continue to pay for them. She’s seen other lifestyle entrepreneurs rake it in, the more egregious the scam the more lucrative the payoff.

    She’s crazy like a fox and now obviously completely without morals. I guess once the privilege gets into your blood you have an incredible ability to desensitize yourself to honesty.

    • dlc says:

      I think she is somewhat a scammer, but I also thinks she buys her own lies. She is the same desperate, unhealthy women she markets to. That’s how she knows what will resonate with them.

    • Cinnamon says:

      She just wants to call herself CEO so she can brag about it to her wealthy friends. The way her company is run clearly shows that she isn’t interested in the work required to actually create something good.

  18. Pixie says:

    Quite frankly, I refuse to believe a single English person (certainly, no Londoner) would ever pay to attend a GOOP event. Meaning people FLEW into the country AND paid $1000’s to watch GP whisper pseudo science whilst hiding behind 8 body guards to keep the stench of their poverty away from them. This is just *chef’s kiss* beautiful.

    • FredsMother says:

      @ pixie Agreed. The attendees were mostly Russian and Eastern European bleach-blonde sidepieces and trophy wives looking to become celebrity adjacent. A few English blondes too, for sure and some Saudi /Middle East layabout wives. All have more access to their husbands credit card than actual dollars and sense.

      No woman who works hard for her money would spend it on goop rubbish.

  19. VintageS says:

    Somewhere PT Barnum has passed his crown down to Goop. To quote Ron Weasley, “How thick would you get” to go to a whole seminar?

  20. Annaloo. says:

    Fools and their money…

  21. ANGEL says:

    Think Gwynnie’s inserted too many Jade eggs, it’s seriously effected her. Piss off with your snake oil goopy.

  22. NYer says:

    Oops, I mistakenly commented in reply to someone else earlier… Just adding my two cents (again!) that I would not miss it at all if Celebitchy denied coverage the GOOP brand altogether. Paltrow is a promoter of fraudulent science for profit and has publically celebrated the fact that every time we click on her name, her earnings grow (or something to that effect). I don’t need to read any more coverage of this individual or her company to know what I think of profiting off of the ignorance, fear or insecurities of women, even those with more money than sense.

    • NYer says:

      …and since posting I’ve gotten some good feedback from @Nanea about the importance of continuing the conversation about the ligit dangers of the spread of pseudoscience, so… point taken. : )

  23. Anon says:

    Since GOOP is vain enough to read the comments section, let me just say that “GP” jumped the shark a long time ago. But she knows her demographic: Upper middle income white women who are slightly insecure and “seeking” their identity because they don’t have one. I mean, who are we kidding? Actual people with vast American dollars don’t buy into her BS because they can afford virtually unlimited access to anything they want – why would they pay her?

    But the main reason I would never give her a penny is that, even though she’s unapologetically insufferable, she’s *bland.* Bland as a DQ vanilla milkshake that’s been sitting out just a little too long.

  24. Zut alors says:

    A fool and his/her money are easily parted

  25. Liz version 700 says:

    $1000 for a room with a gluten free breakfast. Do these idiots realize you can have bacon and eggs for $10 at home and it is gluten free as long as you skip the toast?

  26. hogtowngooner says:

    “But is the snake oil ORGANIC?” – idiots who attended this sham of a “conference”

  27. Sunnydaze says:

    Not sure if I should feel bad saying this, but is GP really the standard of optimal health? If I’m spending money to follow in someone’s footsteps, I want legs like Marion Cotillard, skin that glows like Mandy moore and Eva Mendez, focus/self care/determination of Michelle Obama, the lean cut body of Alessandra Ambrosio, the carefree athleticism of Cameron Diaz, graceful aging like Helen Mirren, the poise and grace of Lupita Nyong’o….give me those women! I’m so confused by what GP is offering ….ok so you got a firm butt, fried hair, dry blotchy skin….that’s fine (God knows I do too!) But I wouldn’t go to another me for improvement just like I probably wouldn’t be too likely to hire a personal trainer who is overweight, a dentist with notably bad teeth, a hair stylist with tore up hair or see a therapist who has a messy personal life. To be clear, I know a person’s personal life or experience isn’t an automatic indicator of their ability to provide worthwhile services and support, but for that kind of money I would want an expert, someone who truly embodies what I’m looking for. I’m having a hard time understanding anyone (regardless if their finances) who looks to GP and thinks “now that is a woman who is the epitome of health and wellness!”

  28. Lori says:

    These people need to look up the real meaning of the word extortion. Anyone with any sense would have known not to buy into this bullcrap and yet these people did. Entirely of their own volition and now they’re surprised GP is a fraud? Come on now, just admit you’re an idiot with more money than sense and move on.

  29. HotCoffee says:

    She’s got atrocious styling these days. Horrible outfits. Anyone who spends thousands on something as stupid as this deserves to be disappointed. Goop is a very fit woman but her mother has better skin, hair, and presence than she has. All that money spent on bogus beauty and health stuff hasn’t helped; she should just do whatever her mother has been doing.

  30. Pamspam says:

    Golden facials?? Ummmmm…

  31. ikki says:

    “I was a huge fan of Gwyneth; now I feel like I have lost my faith in God.” lol

  32. Nana says:

    Is she wearing a skort??

  33. Karen says:

    anyone who wears shoes that horrid can’t be trusted

    • Hoot says:

      Lol, thank you, Karen! Although they appear to be CL’s, they remind me of a pair of dyed-to-match satin bridesmaid pumps. And, yes, that IS a skort. Oh my.

  34. Adrien says:

    I don’t think people in real life are really as annoyed at Gwyneth as they are on the Internet. None of the stuff she peddles are dangerous. The worst that could happen is that they are super expensive yet they don’t work. Or if they do, you’ll get the same effect using drugstore brands. Poor plebeians are not her target audience anyway.

  35. veroS says:

    The first 5 min of this video are about the GOOP event. I think Estee Lalonde who does this video, probably wasn’t paying to go since she’s a lifestyle youtube influencer, but what I noticed is that nothing looked really good (like I’ve gone to free events with a nicer breakfast layout and she doesn’t seem super enthused about it afterwards. Excited to go, but didn’t really seem excited the day after. If I paid thousands for this event, I would be so pissed off. It seems really unremarkable. Like you pay that much for a slide, a really unremarkable breakfast, a facial, an exercise class and then you get to sit around and listen to people prattle on about their diets? Am I missing anything? Because that sounds like that was it.

  36. Nibbi says:

    “hydrate mindfully” ?

    like, drink a glass of water?

  37. Ash says:

    What’s her deal with coulottes? (Sp). She wears them all the time now! Like the hideous sweatpants ones? I don’t get it. They look awful.