Gwyneth Paltrow has been called a lot of things: Oscar winner, wellness guru, conscious uncoupler. But now she’s being called…out.
In an article on her blog titled, “Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, we’re not f**king with you we’re correcting you, XOXO Science”, Dr. Jen Gunter addressed Paltrow in a now viral open letter. Gunter, an OBGYN and expert in pain medicine, addressed many of Paltrow’s claims on her lifestyle website “Goop”, as well as a recent comment made by Paltrow.
“I’m interested in criticism based on fact, not projections,” Paltrow told The Hollywood Reporter. “In other words, if you want to fuck with me, bring your A game.”
Like any good lifestyle blog acolyte, Dr. Gunter did one better, bringing her A from an accredited medical school grade. “You are under the mind control of charlatans, or you are willfully spreading misinformation”, wrote Gunter in a takedown so furious and complete it could serve as lyrics for a rapper’s diss track. “What do you possibly have to gain by spreading lies to women about bras causing breast cancer? Ever had a breast cancer survivor cry in your office worried that she caused her cancer by wearing bras for 20 years?” Gunter, who graduated from medical school at the age of 23 added, “I have.”
In a crusade against ignorance that will be vindicating to veteran Gwyneth-haters and women who are struggling to afford health care, let alone $70 jade vagina eggs alike, Gunter railed against Paltrow’s unsubstantiated claims. Goop’s “liberal use of the word toxin” and argument that tampons are “vaginal death sticks” met the business end of Gunter’s actual medical knowledge.
“You have the gall,” Gunter concluded, “to tell people like me that we better bring our A game when you bring ghosts and magic to the table.” Dropping the mic, or perhaps speculum, the letter was signed “XOXO, Science.” Hopefully Paltrow has some ghosts and magic crystals to consult before she responds to Gunter.
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny.