- Gwyneth Paltrow credited herself for popularising yoga during an interview with the WSJ. Magazine.
- “I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak,'” the Goop founder said.
- Paltrow added: “Forgive me if this comes out wrong, but I went to do a yoga class in L.A. recently and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’ And literally I turned to my friend, and I was like, ‘You have this job because I’ve done yoga before.'”
- People on Twitter pointed out that yoga originated in India, centuries before it travelled to Western civilisation.
Gwyneth Paltrow said that she popularised yoga, and people are furious.
“I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak,'” Paltrow said.
“Forgive me if this comes out wrong, but I went to do a yoga class in L.A. recently and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’ And literally I turned to my friend, and I was like, ‘You have this job because I’ve done yoga before,'” Paltrow added.
Many people were frustrated with the 46-year-old’s comments, because yoga is an ancient practice that began centuries ago. The exact root is unclear, but it was believed to originate in India, specifically with the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation. Yoga didn’t make its way to Western civilisation until the late 1800s and early 1900s.
A large number of Twitter users joked about Paltrow’s age. Others pointed out the Indian origin and said that LA is not responsible for the rise of the practice.
yoga has been around for thousands of years and gwyneth paltrow thinks she invented it ????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/XC6cST6aNt
— abolish the police (@OpossumAccount) December 5, 2018
Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, You have a "job" because certain brown people invented yoga thousands of years ago. Very Truly Yours, Certain Brown People@GwynethPaltrow
— ak$cientist (@AartiKuverPhD) December 5, 2018
Gwyneth Paltrow really saying she made yoga popular… pic.twitter.com/KAJB26BDGp
— Natalie (@nataliezamoraa) December 5, 2018
Never mind that yoga has been practiced for THOUSANDS of years to promote union of the mind & body, mental as well as physical medicine but PLEASE also disregard the religious communities that rely on yoga as a form of practice. This girl needs a PR Crisis team just for herself.
— keana (@keanagabrielle1) December 5, 2018
I remember my mom doing Yoga when I was a kid (born in 82).
I had *no idea* Gwyneth Paltrow's been around so long.
— Adam Rackis (@AdamRackis) December 4, 2018
California 1976 I was doing yoga because it was considered good for you, it was easy to find books on it, and everyone I knew was into it…hmm I don’t tecall GP’s name ever coming up.
— Susan McWhinney (@susanmcw) December 5, 2018
How very narcissistic of her. Pretty sure L.A. "yoga" doesn't equate to that of its origin.
— Dr. Nicole Eastman (@DrNicoleEastman) December 5, 2018
Sounds pretty arrogant…pretty sure yoga was around before she was even born
— Lisette (@BrainNPinkie) December 5, 2018
In the 10 years since Goop launched, the company has faced backlash for their recommendations, from jade eggs that claimed to improve women’s health to “beauty dust” that can be added to smoothies.” Paltrow said that she’s “happy to suffer those slings and arrows,” because she believes it shows that people have become more interested in “natural solutions or ancient modalities alongside science and medicine.”
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