Gwyneth Paltrow won her trial but lost the internet


Gwyneth Paltrow verdict favours star, but the court of public opinion has sentenced the actress to a life as a meme.

Hold onto your skis, folks, because this tale has more twists and turns than a black diamond run. The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski Crash Extravaganza (that’s what we’re calling it, right?) wrapped up on March 30, 2023, and let me tell you, it was a wild ride. While our dear Gwynnie emerged victorious in the courtroom, the internet had a field day with her facial expressions and testimony, meme-ing her faster than you can say “Goop.”

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Let’s take it back to February 29, 2016, on the slopes of Deer Valley in Utah. Terry Sanderson, a retired eye doctor who probably should have seen this coming (get it?), accused Paltrow of skiing like a maniac and crashing into him, causing severe injuries. He slapped her with a lawsuit, seeking a cool $300,000 in damages.

But Gwyneth wasn’t having it. She denied the allegations and countersued him for a whopping $1, claiming he purposely played human pinball to get hit and sue her. She also argued that she was skiing at an intermediate level and that Mr. Sanderson was the one who failed to keep his eyes on the prize (i.e., not crashing into her).

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Gwyneth Paltrow won her trial but lost the internet as Jar Jar Binks meme.

The trial’s pièce de résistance was a video from Sanderson’s helmet cam, showing the moment of impact. Played on loop in court, the ski instructor testified that Gwyneth wasn’t skiing recklessly. But the internet detectives had their own theories. They speculated that Sanderson knew Paltrow was skiing behind him, followed her like a groupie, and deliberately caused the accident to hit the jackpot. I mean, what are the odds of crashing into Gwyneth Paltrow, right?

Gwyneth Paltrow won her trial but lost the internet as Jar Jar Binks meme.

If these amateur sleuths were onto something, Sanderson could’ve been guilty of filing a false lawsuit, which is super illegal and could lead to fines, imprisonment, or both (yikes).

So, the jury let Gwyneth off the hook, but the internet? Not so much. Her facial expressions and testimony became meme gold, with social media users mocking her for her perceived arrogance and lack of empathy.

Colonel Kurtz, a YouTuber known for covering celebrity drama, chimed in, saying, “No offense to my YouTube friends who cover this case…But… How much longer am I gonna have to see images of this sour-faced mannequin?” Ouch. And if that wasn’t bad enough, her facial expressions were compared to the most hated Star Wars character of all time, Jar Jar Binks. The internet can be so cruel.

Gwyneth Paltrow won her trial but lost the internet as Jar Jar Binks meme.

So, what’s the moral of this story? The Gwyneth Paltrow Ski Crash Saga was a highly publicized legal battle that reminded us all of the power of social media in shaping public opinion. Gwyneth may have won the trial, but she lost the internet’s affection. The speculation surrounding Sanderson’s intentions raises questions about the integrity of the lawsuit. Just remember, kids, whether you’re skiing or navigating the court of public opinion, it’s always best to watch where you’re going.

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