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Meat-Loving Author Takes Revenge on Gwyneth Paltrow

Christina Oxenberg brought “stinky steak sandwiches” along to a book-signing event shared with Gwyneth Paltrow

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: August 13th, 2013 in Culture » Books » News

Meat-Loving Author Takes Revenge on Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow certainly made an impression at New York’s East Hampton Library Author’s Night recently, prompting fellow author, Christina Oxenberg, to seek revenge in the form of beef.

Oxenberg had a booth set up during the event to promote her latest short story collection, ‘Life is Short’. Paltrow, also scheduled to attend in support of her cookbook ‘It’s All Good’, was situated at a booth nearby. However, being the international celebrity and style icon that she is, it’s safe to say that her fans were a little more frenzied than Oxenberg’s, unknowingly causing a disturbance.

"Slowly yet unmistakably a line began to form in front of my section of table. These folks were hushed and reverential and had a particularly earnest and focused demeanor and casting furtive eyes around … the increasingly urgent question they posed, 'Where is Gwyneth?' … Then the divinity in question arrived with hubby, children and a couple of massive bodyguards. The worshippers blocked my view of the whole world," Oxenberg shared on her blog after the event.

Peeved by the crowds surrounding her table, Oxenberg left her booth to purchase some food from a nearby stand including “sloppy hamburgers” and “stinky steak sandwiches”. However, when she attempted to return to her table, Paltrow’s security detail stopped her.

"Gwyneth's bodyguards blocked my re-entry despite my assurance I was just an author and pointing at my name tag. 'No!' they growled, body blocking me. So I was forced to crawl under the table,” Oxenberg described.

“And there I sat with my meat products, wafting the excellent smells toward my sleek vegan neighbour… She ignored the siren smells of protein.”

In the end, Oxenberg attempted to find a positive spin on situation by taking advantage of the number of people standing around her booth.

“We never did say hello, although I did try to sell my book to her sleek vegan children."

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