Social-media-empowered, publicist-coddled celebrities are sick of magazines, such as Vanity Fair, who disrupt their perfectly crafted public image with meddling journalism. They’re threatening a boycott, the New York Times reports, with Gwyneth Paltrow leading the charge.
Some celebrities and their handlers, accustomed to more control over coverage, are not pleased. In May, Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently cooperated on cover articles for People and Good Housekeeping, asked friends not to deal with Vanity Fair.
“Vanity Fair is threatening to put me on the cover of their magazine,” Ms. Paltrow wrote by e-mail, according to someone who had seen the message. “If you are asked for quotes or comments, please decline. Also, I recommend you all never do this magazine again.”
In exchange, Paltrow can offer positive coverage in her popular lifestyle newsletter, Goop.