Goop-ness me! Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her blog, Goop, are facing legal complaints.
The Iron Man star’s controversial blog came under fire recently from the advocacy group, “Truth in Advertising.” The group alleges that it has found over fifty instances in which the elitist spiritualist blog claims that its products — along with outside products it promotes on its blog and in its newsletter — could treat, cure, prevent, alleviate, or reduce the risk of ailments such as infertility, depression, psoriasis, anxiety, and even cancer.
“The problem is that the company does not possess the competent and reliable scientific evidence required by law to make such claims,” the advocacy group wrote in a blog post. The group brought its complaints against Goop to two California district attorneys who are part of a state task force that prosecutes matters related to product safety and food, drug, and medical device labeling. The allegations mostly center on the fact that there is currently no released scientific data regarding the medical benefits of healing crystals. Neither is there scientific data supporting the claims that walking barefoot on grass (also known as “Earthing”) cures inflammation, arthritis, insomnia, or depression.
Despite all of this, Goop had this to say in a statement to E! News on Wednesday:
“Goop is dedicated to introducing unique products and offerings and encouraging constructive conversation surrounding new ideas. We are receptive to feedback and consistently seek to improve the quality of the products and information referenced on our site. We responded promptly and in good faith to the initial outreach from representatives of TINA and hoped to engage with them to address their concerns. Unfortunately, they provided limited information and made threats under arbitrary deadlines which were not reasonable under the circumstances. Nevertheless, while we believe that TINA’s description of our interactions is misleading and their claims unsubstantiated and unfounded, we will continue to evaluate our products and our content and make those improvements that we believe are reasonable and necessary in the interests of our community of users.”