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Gwyneth Paltrow: In the '90s, you could 'do cocaine and not get caught'
Added 554 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Gwyneth Paltrow: In the '90s, you could 'do cocaine and not get caught'
Gwyneth Paltrow was one of the coolest It Girls in the 1990s. It was all about Gwyneth, Winona and Kate Moss. There were others, but those were the Big Three. They were impossibly chic not that they cared and they dated the coolest guys at the time (many of whom turned out to be giant losers). You get the point: Gwyneth was cool and popular. Paparazzi trailed her. The tabloids loved her. But it was still the ?90s she could still have a private life, she could still go to parties and hook up with randos and do rails in the club bathroom.

Gwyneth Paltrow was living the high life in the 1990s. The Goop founder reflected on the raucous decade that benefited from a society without cellphone cameras and social media, meaning she and other people could get away with illicit activities.

?It was great. I mean, talk about doing cocaine and not getting caught!? Paltrow said on ?The Late Late Show with James Corden? Monday, laughing. ?Like, you could just be at a bar and be, like, having fun, dance on a table, you could ? no camera phones, especially in New York. Interestingly enough, there were no paparazzi,? she continued. ?You could stumble out of a bar and go home with some rando and no one would know.?

[From Page Six]

Eh, she was trailed by paparazzi, but maybe she?s saying that it didn?t happen that often in New York, which is possible. I remember when she was with Brad Pitt, there were always paparazzi photos of her in LA. Maybe she always disappeared in the crowd a lot easier in NYC. But yeah? everything has changed for celebrities, but for regular old people too. I have no idea what it?s like for the peeps in their early 20s now are they going to clubs, doing blow, picking up a rando and nothing ever gets documented on their phones or their friends? phones? I mean??? (And yes, Gwyneth did coke. Of course she did!)

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Gwen Stefani: 'I said, 'My God, I?m Japanese and I didn't know it.' I am, you know.'
Added 554 days agoSource: CeleBitchy
Gwen Stefani: 'I said, 'My God, I?m Japanese and I didn't know it.'  I am, you know.'
Gwen Stefani is a cool woman who is loved and adored by millions of people for her music, her style, her vibe. But Gwen has also been a problematic figure for many people, first with her appropriation of Latinx culture, then with her appropriation of Japanese culture, and currently with her appropriation of Republican culture (lol). It?s the Asian appropriation which is still a huge issue today, I think because people continue to look back on that era Gwen?s Harajuku era and cringe. Gwen really paid four Japanese women to stand around her at all times and be silent. She really appropriated and marketed a Japanese subculture to white America. So, Gwen is currently promoting her makeup line (GXVE) and Allure?s Jesa Marie Calaor interviewed Gwen at a recent GXVE event. The interview turned out bonkers, because Gwen repeatedly claimed to be Japanese.

Gwen on her Japanese influences: That was my Japanese influence and that was a culture that was so rich with tradition, yet so futuristic [with] so much attention to art and detail and discipline and it was fascinating to me, she said, explaining how her father (who is Italian American) would return with stories of street performers cosplaying as Elvis and stylish women with colorful hair. Then, as an adult, she was able to travel to Harajuku to see them herself. I said, My God, Im Japanese and I didnt know it.' As those words seemed to hang in the air between us, she continued, I am, you know. She then explained that there is innocence to her relationship with Japanese culture, referring to herself as a super fan.

Don?t criticize her for being a fan: If [people are] going to criticize me for being a fan of something beautiful and sharing that, then I just think that doesnt feel right. I think it was a beautiful time of creativity? a time of the ping-pong match between Harajuku culture and American culture. She elaborated further: [It] should be okay to be inspired by other cultures because if were not allowed then thats dividing people, right?

Did Gwen Stefani really refer to herself as Japanese several times? Calaor writes: I spent 32 minutes in conversation with Stefani, many of them devoted to her lengthy answer to my question about Harajuku Lovers. In that time, she said more than once that she is Japanese. Allure?s social media associate (who is Asian and Latina) was also present for the interview and we were left questioning what we had heard. Maybe she misspoke? Again and again? During our interview, Stefani asserted twice that she was Japanese and once that she was a little bit of an Orange County girl, a little bit of a Japanese girl, a little bit of an English girl. Surely, she didn?t mean it literally or she didn?t know what she was saying? (A representative for Stefani reached out the next day, indicating that I had misunderstood what Stefani was trying to convey. Allure later asked Stefani?s team for an on-the-record comment or clarification of these remarks and they declined to provide a statement or participate in a follow-up interview.)

[From Allure]

What I find remarkable is that Gwen Stefani hasn?t figured out a better way to speak about her love of Japanese culture without sounding like an appropriating ahole. Like, I think it?s cool that Gwen loves Japan and that she wanted to bring some fun Japanese subculture to America. Figure out a way to do it and talk about it without claiming to be Japanese or shrugging off the very real issues your fascination with/fetishization of Japan has brought to the table. This is not some new conversation either. Literally, at the time in 2008, there were prominent Asian celebrities and scholars saying that Stefani?s Harajuku act was deeply uncomfortable if not fully racist. The conversations about appropriation have only grown from there, and with Stefani specifically, it?s not limited to her Asian appropriation. You can?t just wander around, claiming to be Japanese!!

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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