Even During a Pandemic, Gwyneth Paltrow Can’t Escape Trolling

Goop founder, Gwyneth Paltrow, is no stranger to being trolled. When you have an overpriced modern lifestyle brand that promises to improve people’s health with little to no scientific evidence, that’s bound to happen. The trolling has even continued during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic since many people feel that she’s being over the top or insensitive about protecting herself.

goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow
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On March 23, 2020, Paltrow took to her Instagram page to share a photo of herself returning home from a trip to the farmer’s market. In the photo, the goop owner dons gloves, sunglasses, a long tank dress, and a face mask. “@bradfalchuk and I were grateful to learn our local farmers market was open this morning; we walked there (keeping lots of distance) and donned masks and gloves once we got nearer to the market, only taking them off when we were almost home and there were no other pedestrians in close proximity,” the goop founder begins.

Gwyneth Paltrow urges people to stay at home on Instagram

Paltrow continued on to encourage people to take stay at home orders seriously. “Yesterday I heard tales of crowded hiking trails and parks. Although we are all on a learning curve and aren’t always perfect as we figure out this temporary new normal, we must take the orders seriously and not abuse the freedoms we still have; grocery store and essential errand runs, bike rides or walks (being disciplined about correct protocol). It’s not the time for denial. We must take this seriously and shelter in place,” the former actress shared.

Finally, goop’s founder gave suggestions on how to stay entertained during this time. “It’s time for nesting, reading, cleaning out closets, doing something you’ve always wanted to do (write a book, learn an instrument or a language or learn to code online, draw or paint) going through photos, cooking, and reconnecting on a deeper level with the people you love. I find hope in the generosity, love, protection and care I see and feel throughout our country everyday and my heart goes out to everyone directly affected or simply in fear. We will get through and I bet you our humanity will shine like never before ❤️,” Paltrow wrote.

Twitter users troll the goop founder

Though Paltrow’s message was a good one, that didn’t protect her from trolling. Twitter decided to have some fun at her expense. They asked her why she needed the added protection of gloves and a mask when goop sells products that allegedly boosts immunity. “Why do you need gloves and a mask? Isn’t your immune-boosting supplement that you were promoting at the start of flu season effective? Also, you know she fuc*ing coordinated her unnecessary mask with her dress. I just can’t even,” one doctor tweeted.

Critics question why Paltrow’s candle can’t protect her

Others found Paltrow’s attire to be particularly humorous. “Now I am no scientist, just a humble theater queer, but there’s something rather…pointless? About wearing protective gear with that much bare skin. It’s like she’s dressed up for the met gala or something where the theme is pandemic, rather than an actual pandemic,” one person added about Paltrow. “You mean she couldn’t just light her vagina candle and inhale the smoke?” another person questioned sarcastically, referencing Paltrow’s infamous candle. Clearly there are people who aren’t willing to be duped by goop. But, at least Paltrow is spreading a positive message.