'The Goop Lab': Gwyneth Paltrow's Netflix show gets trashed, popularizing 'pseudoscience' in 'lab' garb angers fans
The six-episode series tries to delve into wellness topics including psychedelics, orgasms, energy healing and cold therapy
Netflix is all set to roll out a new documentary-reality style television show starring Gwyneth Paltrow. The show has been dubbed as, "A curiosity-driven exploration of boundary-pushing wellness topics—brought to you by Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle site, Goop."
The six-episode series delves deep into boundary-pushing wellness topics, including psychedelics, orgasms, energy healing, cold therapy, female pleasure, anti-aging, and psychics. A poster has been released and it shows the actress standing inside what looks like a vagina with text that reads, ‘Reach New Depths.’
On January 6, Netflix dropped a trailer for Paltrow's 'The Goop Lab', and an employee explains in a voice-over, "What we try to do at Goop is explore ideas that may seem out there or too scary." Dressed in a pink midi dress, Paltrow stands inside a tunnel with pink concentric rings. It is quite clear that the picture resembles a vagina, and seems intentional, given the theme of the series.
No sooner was the poster and trailer dropped, than the viewers couldn't help but be flabbergasted. Expressing their shock, a few fans even went on to say that the show was simply "unnecessary." While some took to commenting in YouTube, others tweeted their responses.
Mocking the trailer, one viewer wrote, "'This is dangerous.' 'It's unregulated.' And maybe for good reason???? Very disappointing that you would support pseudo-science and even try to name it a 'lab', Netflix."
Another quipped, "This appears to be a multimillion-dollar ad for a scammer that rips off women for millions of dollars every year," and another said, "I'm extremely disappointed to see Netflix help promote this nonsense." One comment read: "If you're wondering what GOOP means, it's Gwyneth's Overload Of Pseudoscience."
In Twitter, a user posted: "So....we’re not gonna talk about the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow has taken up residence in a multi-layered vagina? #TheGoopLab." Another said, "#TheGoopLab exploits women's real health concerns by selling pseudoscience and false hope. I tried some weird shit when I was trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant. Fortunately, I didn't harm myself. But it definitely didn't help!"
One viewer went on to say, "Gwyneth Paltrow has mastered the art of the meme-baiting celeb marketing ploy. She knows that people will make fun of anything goop puts out, but she's in on the joke now. #TheGoopLab." Another one posted, "Just seen the trailer for #TheGoopLab and it looks like the most pretentious, narcissist shit ever. I will be watching!"
Calling the vagina imagery "weird," many fans posted their thoughts on the micro-blogging site. "The goop lab on @netflix poster. I'm seeing everywhere today is literally Gwyneth Paltrow standing in a vagina. As if the goop lab is giving birth to her. It’s really really weird."
Many outraged viewers even posted how they wished to sue Netflix for it. "I've never threatened to cancel/boycott Netflix before, but I'm seriously considering it for this. This crap HURTS people. I don't want to support a company that so obviously cares more about $$$ than the people who may be injured due to Paltrow's luxury pseudoscience garbage," one tweet read.
Another tweet said, "The most horrifying thing abt this is the word 'lab' which implies some sort of science which goop has nothing to do with!! also the boldness of Gwynnie coming to us from a vagina — a place she told us to stick jade eggs!!! this whole show is a danger to our health!!" The new show premieres on January 24, and while viewers seem to be slamming it, it is definitely on many guilty pleasure lists!