Gwyneth Paltrow already has so many of her own labels: “actress,” “cookbook author” and our favorite, “lifestyle guru.” Let’s add another — human lightning rod.
No sooner had supporters of efforts to label genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) announced that the “Goop” creator would visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday to advocate for their cause than GMO-labeling opponents broke out their oppo research on her.
“Paltrow is an interesting choice to serve as a lead spokesperson given her history of nonsensical, unscientific rantings,” wrote Claire Parker, a spokeswoman for the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, a group that represents the food industry and opposes GMO labeling.
In an e-mail, Parker offered a litany of Paltrow’s most famous quotes often trotted out as evidence of the “Iron Man” actress’s status as Not A Regular Human, including “I would rather die than let my kid eat Cup-a-Soup” and “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.”
Just what the Hill needed — another food fight.