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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Infamous Wellness Company Goop Is Getting A Netflix Series That's Playing In Risky Territory

This is not what we need.

Oh Goop. It’s been about 10 years since Gwyneth Paltrow’s ~wellness~ brand was born into this world, and Goop continues to expand their infamously pricey empire across platforms.

The brand continues to succeed in spite of being treated as somewhat of a joke. From ridiculously lavish and random holiday gift guides, to literally having to pay damages for making false health claims about vaginal jade eggs and being called out for name-checking NASA technology in a completely BS ‘bio-charged healing stickers’ giveaway, Goop has been a wild ride to witness.

And soon we’re going to have more of this ‘unique’ content, because Goop is getting its own Netflix docuseries.

According to an exclusive with VarietyGoop’s chief content officer Elise Loehnen explains that they realised their audience are Netflix viewers, and “some of the more strategic, bigger stories we want to tell require a TV budget.”

Variety reports that,

“Loehnen’s content team of about 20 will work on shaping the series with Netflix, which she said seeks to dial up the aesthetics and quality of storytelling surrounding issues like mental, physical and sexual health — and address larger thematic questions the Goop audience has about leading optimal lives.”

This is, of course, a noble endeavour, but it’s hard to trust that Goop is the right company to lead that kind of discussion.

Goop promotes an ‘optimum’ lifestyle that is comically bourgeois. That rolled in with the factual inaccuracies of things like the jade egg health suggestion make a Goop health docuseries seem more like an exercise in curiousity than a helpful resource in its own right.

The Netflix series is due to come out later this year in our Spring so we’ll just have to wait and see whether their approach to tackling health is worth watching.

There’s A Cheeky Reason Netflix Named Its Show ‘You’ That Suddenly Seems Obvious

How did we miss this?

You is one of Netflix’s most binge-able recent releases, and it still has people thinking about the perils of social media privacy, book stores, and just trusting men in general.

It’s been about a month since the show dropped and yet a lot of fans are only just figuring out what the show’s name really ~means~.

So, I think we all got the obvious significance of ‘you’, which seems to be in the same tone as our protagonist’s interior monologue. Joe’s narration speaks directly to the object of his obsession, meaning he says ‘you’. A lot.

But besides that, there’s a cheeky trick about the show’s title that is a very recent revelation for a lot of fans, including me.

If you’ve ever accidentally sounded like a creeper when telling someone “I’m watching You“, this is not an accident, and you are not alone. This tweet alone has nearly 5k retweets and 28k likes.

It’s so simple, but so easy to miss.

Netflix responded to theory seeming to confirm it, or at least take credit for a suspiciously eloquent use of language trickery.

So there you go. I personally feel 70% less smart for not noticing this but at least I’m not alone.

Actual Angel Eric From Sex Education Is The Kind Of Character We Need More Of On Screen

Justice for Eric.

There is a lot to love about Netflix’s new series Sex Education. The British teen show is startlingly explicit while still being sensitive about the kind of highs and lows that a diverse mix of kids face in high school.

It’s genuinely funny, almost confusingly colourful, and actually emotionally resonant where it wants to be.

There is a lot to love about the show, but above all else, there is Eric.

Eric is our main character’s gay black best friend, without falling into the shallow tropes too-often allotted to the gay black best friend. He is not a caricature, and he has quickly become the favourite character of the vast majority of people who have watched the show.

For good reason. Eric is a fabulous angel.

A big part of why we’re all so drawn to Eric Effiong, is the sheer star power of Ncuti Gatwa. Gatwa is essentially a newcomer to the screen and his irresistible charisma makes the magnetic centre of every scene. 

As a character, Eric is entirely likeable and extremely necessary to feature. His narrative has heart and hardship, and it’s one that we haven’t seen play out nearly enough in TV or movies.

He’s an apologetically ‘out’ teen, he’s from a family of black, church-going immigrants who transcend the typical aggressively-conservative stereotype, he’s confident, and he’s just very complex.

It shouldn’t be rare to see characters like Eric, but so far it is, and it’s exciting. Hopefully we will get a lot more of them.

In an interview with Paper Magazine, Ncuti Gatwa discussed what makes his character and that story line so important. 

“First and foremost, what I love about that storyline is that it’s not that classic coming out story. Eric is out, and everybody knows he’s gay, and it’s what happens after he came out.” he said.

“When you’re a minority within a minority, and you’re starting to realize ‘The world’s not going to love me as much as it loves my white friend, or my straight friend.’ It’s tricky.”

It’s honestly such a delight to see Eric’s big personality emboldened on screen, and it’s heartbreaking to watch him be treated poorly by people with prejudice, and the people he loves.

Episode five is particularly hard to watch as Eric is left vulnerable after being let down by his best friend Otis, on his birthday no less. At least the way that the show deals with the fall out from the trauma that Eric experiences is nuanced and insightful.

Although, I think most people agree that Eric deserved better. From everyone.

Between Eric’s bold, effeminate clothing, colourful make up, and big personality, there is so, so, much about this character that steals your heart.

We honestly can’t pray hard enough that we will get to see this character in a second season of Sex Education, and get more banana-sucking, eyeliner-werking, orange-wearing, fierceness from Ncuti Gatwa. 

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