Welcome to the launch of People Over Other People or POOP. Why? Because I'm just sick and fucking tired of other people. So few people are like Gweneth Paltrow, my muse, truly trying to make a difference in the lives of others. Most people just settle for a life of thoughtlessly and constantly annoying others, making noise and smelling. And also, they're poor. Our motto/catch-phrase is "I'm over it!" Our founding principle? Human beings are this world's worst problem.
Gwen, reacting to news she has a competitor for a lifestyle blog for complacent jerks.
I am truly inspired by Gwen's (that's what I call her) efforts. I have always been a big fan of the Paltrow family. I too am white, want to make a difference, relatively entitled, and live in LA. We have much in common. That's why I stuck by her as a fan, even when Shakespeare In Love won real awards. Even when she married the knob from that band whatsitsname, you know, the homeless person's Radiohead. Even when she named her kid after fruit, I continued to admire her. Then she had to go and do it, she had to use the word "aspect" like a semi-literate American undergraduate who uses it when they mean "respect." She technically isn't using it incorrectly, but I just hate that fucking word. It's like nails on a Gucci bag or across the hood of a fully restored, vintage Corvette for me. I decided she needed some friendly competition.
Some people think that celebrity efforts like this just show that we should not allow celebrities to learn to read or write, they just use it to embarrass themselves. Not me, man! Unfortunately, this world is so full of meanies that Gwen has already had to defend her trailblazing internet effort, telling People magazine (love it--got a subscription): "I think the people who are criticizing it or criticizing the idea of it, don't really get it, because if they did, they would like it..."
Gwen says she started GOOP "because I felt like I had a lot of really useful information that I was privileged enough to get, because I have this amazing, super, fortunate life." Me too. That's, like, exactly why I started POOP! But regrettably, other than this spirited interpretation, this former starlet's amazing effort doesn't seem to be drawing too many followers.
Maybe, I thought, it's not offering lifestyle advice that thin good-looking people can really use. I mean not all of us have fucked our way to the top with Brad Pitt, repeatedly showed our tits in bad movies because art demands it, or touched Ethan Hawke. But we can all identify with the quest for the perfect inexpensive meal to have while walking through the streets of Paris. And I have to admit, I too like to "curl up by the fire with an amazing, transportive novel." Preferably with Christy Turlington (who by the way, is a real celebrity scholar). I think Gwen's site, GOOP, really makes one think new thoughts (like, is "transportive" a word?). And that's my goal too.
But I will do things a little differently. I'm not going to hassle you with a newsletter. But as you can see below, I have slightly updated the categories of the dear woman's efforts, and will use the theme for each posting. The modified theme's reflect a slightly hateful, downmarket perspective, but I think they are hopeful and nourishing just the same.
= GO FUCK YOURSELF
In the coming months here's what you have to look forward to. In the STEAL category, I will present ways to save your financial and emotional resources for the coming global depression. Under MOCK, you will find me turning the gentle tide of irony, perfected in a decade and a half or so of internet use, towards worthy targets, only because having fun at others' expense is the best way to foment inner beauty. In the GO FUCK YOURSELF, I will, with Christlike self-possession, make examples of bad people and bad habits, and practices I just don't like. In DON'T posts, I will tell you what not to do, and since humans are obedient slaves, you will obey me. In the BEAT section, I let you know which trends are really beat and passe, like motherhood and pet owning.
My sincere thanks to Gwen for showing the way, showing how life can be lived in a better way, by someone better than you. With that, I welcome you to POOP, misanthropy on a higher plane, by someone that's better than you! Enjoy!