Anne Hathaway's Lesson on Celebrity Pseudoscience
Whether or not she intended to do so, actress Anne Hathaway recently presented a valuable lesson on celebrity-endorsed pseudoscience.
During an interview with Ellen Degeneres that aired last week, the 36-year-old Oscar winner dished on her love for "The Wonder Years" star Fred Savage as well as the interests of her three-year-old son before asking Ellen and the members of the audience to join her in peeling some clementines. As everyone proceeded to tear the orange flesh from their respective citrus fruit, Hathaway shared a cutesy story:
"So over the holidays, we took a family road trip up the coast of California. And we found this amazing former hippie enclave from the '60s. And there was a little secondhand bookstore in there… and I found a book in there by this guy who used to be really big – Dr. Q. And he wrote a book called Citrus Healing. And it was all the ways that you can incorporate citrus into your life to kind of like raise your health. And one of the things was how to incorporate citrus into your meditation practice. And it was called Clementime. It was cute."
The collective eye rolls, face palms, and sighs of a skeptical audience might have halted Hathaway from continuing at this point, but this was not a skeptical audience, and so she pressed on unabated.
Hathaway then asked Ellen and the crowd members to hold their clementines to their mouths and inhale in and exhale out through the hole with comically accentuated breaths.
"Do you guys feel a little bit better? Do you feel good?" she asked, to many smiles, some confused looks, and a few nods of agreement.
"That's impossible, I made the whole thing up!"
"The takeaway of this is do not put something in your mouth just because a celebrity tells you to," she concluded.
In a world where Gwyneth Paltrow has succeeded in convincing thousands of women to stick jade eggs in their vaginas purely through her celebrity allure, Hathaway's message was a citrusy dose of fresh air. Making it more consequential is the fact that it was delivered on the second-most-watched daytime television show to an estimated 4.2 million viewers.
Hathaway is an avowed fan of physics and in the past has helped administer vaccines to children in Nicaragua. Apart from a minor endorsement of a questionable book on achieving mental clarity, she seems to have refrained from endorsing pseudoscience on her social media accounts, a rarity amongst Hollywood celebrities.
Here's hoping that Anne Hathaway continues to promote skepticism and critical thinking!