So, her Royal Highness of the steam cleaned hoo ha, has SNAPped.
That’s right, folks, Gwyenth Paltrow is doing the SNAP challenge.
For those unaware, the challenge is based upon food stamp allotments, totalling $4.15 a day, per person.
This from the woman who said, “I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.” Uh, Gwyn? Hon? How much do you think folks who need SNAP to feed their families make? And isn’t that exactly what the SNAP challenge amounts to? Pretending to be someone who makes far less money than you, for a week?
Then I took a look at the picture she posted on Twitter, supposedly of the groceries she’s using for the week.
A dozen eggs.
One bunch of green onions.
Two heads of lettuce.
One ear of corn.
A bag of peas.
A bag of beans.
A head of garlic.
A bunch of cilantro.
A small bag of brown rice.
A package of gluten-free tortillas.
Uh, Gwynie? Sweetums? Are you actually going to *gasp* drink tap water? The rules of the SNAP challenge say that you can’t use any food already in the house, nor have anyone else buy food for you. Since there’s nothing to drink in your picture, you’re going to guzzle regular old tap water? No caffeine, no juice, no bottled water? Really?! *clutches pearls*. What nobility! What sacrifice!
Is there anything you won’t do to raise awareness?
“I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin,” she’s quoted as saying on a British television show.
Don’t get me wrong, folks; I’m all for raising awareness about the reality of poverty, and have written two posts about what it’s truly like for families who live in fear of how to keep food on the table. (You can find them here, and here). In that sense, any awareness being raised is good.
I mean, I have a lot of respect for Bif Naked, and Beth, from Budget Bytes, who did the SNAP Challenge for a month. A month. But a week?
Perhaps I should view it as simply that, and let any of the rest go. However, if feels too much like someone standing on the backs of those who struggle, who look at their hungry children and feel like failures as parents, who don’t have the ability to opt out after a week. For headlines.