Exasperated attendees give up on Gwyneth’s Goop summit

Jun 20, 2017

By Maureen Callahan

LOS ANGELES — Gwyneth Paltrow’s inaugural health-and-wellness summit on Saturday kicked off just as you’d expect: well-groomed women wearing yoga pants and expensive handbags hooking themselves up to IVs and oxygen tubes in a parking lot, experiences otherwise associated with the glamour of getting triaged at a disaster site.

This is Paltrow’s peculiar gift — or grift — and it was on full display at “In Goop Health,” her day-long event meant to bring her website’s “most requested and shared wellness content to life.” By last week, all 500 tickets, ranging from $500 to $1,500, had sold out; another event is planned for New York City in January.

Attendees were told via email to arrive at 9 a.m. The summit wouldn’t actually begin for another hour, which allowed enough time to shop inside a cavernous industrial space for Goop-branded products such as water bottles ($35), hoodies ($100) and a “G.”-branded flight pack consisting of four thin nesting canvas bags containing some magnesium packets, a sleep mask, earbuds and moisturizer ($198).

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2 comments on “Exasperated attendees give up on Gwyneth’s Goop summit

  • The problem with superstitious “faith-thinking” is that it is disconnected from the real world, and is usually irrelevant or counter-productive in the actions it motivates its believers to prescribe!
    Stupid primitives and modern technical societies do not mix well!

    A superstitious elderly passenger delayed a flight in Shanghai after throwing coins at the engine for good luck, a Chinese airline has confirmed.

    The 80-year-old woman threw her change at the China Southern Airlines flight as she crossed the tarmac to board.

    She told police she launched the coins as she “prayed for safety” on Tuesday.

    Of the nine coins launched, only one hit its intended target – but this was enough to force the evacuation of 150 passengers for several hours.

    Police were called to Shanghai Pudong International Airport after a passenger noticed the woman’s bizarre behaviour, apparently aimed at ensuring a safe flight, and alerted authorities.

    It is fortunate that another passenger noticed and alerted the authorities to this delusional woo based “safety procedure”!

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