I am going to pitch a new show to you, and without spending a lot of time thinking about it, you tell me your first gut reaction. Ready? Okay, the show is called The Restart Project, and it's an original digital series from AOL produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions. It stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson, who spend time with women who have overcome various physical hardships.
So, what do you think? It sounds INCREDIBLE, right? Who could possibly be better suited to focus on women who have "gone through really tragic situations in their life with self-medication (over-eating, over-drinking, etc.)" than Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson? Why, these are two of the most down-to-earth, health-focused, inspirational public figures in the history of --
Okay, enough with the sarcasm. In truth, I cannot stand Tracy Anderson and I don't have a lot of love for Gwyneth Paltrow either. But hey, maybe this Seacrest series will change my mind about both of them ...?
Here's the official description of the show, which premieres December 16:
Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson spend time with women who've overcome hardship, injury, and setbacks to triumph in the face of adversity. We'll hear their inspiring stories firsthand, whether fighting back from a career-ending injury or transforming their lives and bodies through diet and exercise.
Hmmm. Well, let's take a look at the trailer:
You know, I bet there are parts of this series that are amazing to watch. Like, the parts where the actual subjects are front and center and we're hearing their backstories and seeing what they're doing now. And maybe even the parts with Gwyneth won't be so bad. But even in that short promotional clip, I can't even LOOK at Tracy Anderson without wanting to stuff her lip-plumped yap-hole with crumpled-up newspaper.
It particularly makes me nuts to hear Tracy Anderson talking about how these women are focused on healing themselves from the inside out. This is the same woman who recently said her goal was to "make everyone their most proportioned self," for crying out loud. She also had this to say about the HORROR of women having muscle tissue:
I really wish that women would stop spinning. I say that with such conviction because almost every day in my office, I see women crying and unhappy because they can't fit into their jeans, because of the thigh bulking. There are some women who don’t have the genetic capability to build muscle, and they can do something like that without being affected. That’s a very small percentage of the female population, though. Ninety-eight percent of women will bulk completely. The problem with it is that it doesn’t show right away. You may lose a little bit of weight at first because it’s an easy calorie burn, but it’s not worth what happens to your muscles.
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Well, pardon me if I'm not feeling hugely inspired by The Restart Project's choice of hosts, especially when the trailer shows Anderson standing there in a tiny sports bra, saying how amazing these women are because "they're not focused on getting into their skinny jeans." I mean, come on. Her entire BRAND is about making women feel like they should be wearing a size 0 pair of jeans, because god forbid they have THIGH MUSCLES.
Yeah, I don't think this show is going to improve my view about Tracy Anderson any time soon, and because of her involvement, I don't think I'll be watching. Which is too bad, because I'm sure the actual women who are featured have stories worth hearing.
What do you think about this new series with Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow? Will you check it out?
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