Gwyneth Paltrow Failed The Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow Failed The Food Stamp Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow accepted the Food Stamp Challenge from her pal Mario Batali recently, but unfortunately the pretentious snob couldn’t last for a total of seven days. She took to her official website to say that she lasted four days and succumbed to the wonderful taste of chicken. Fret not, poor folks, she can totally sympathize with you now that she has given up the challenge for the comforts that being born with a silver spoon in her mouth has afforded her. Just kidding, she’s still a rich, out of touch snob.

As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice). My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days—a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year. A few takeaways from the week were that vegetarian staples liked dried beans and rice go a long way—and we were able to come up with a few recipes on a super tight budget.

Apparently she has a high value of her own self-importance on these grand matters because she can go back from being phony poor to her mansion living and enjoying the high life. Remember, she totally gets it now that she has suffered for four whole days.

After trying to complete this challenge (I would give myself a C-), I am even more outraged that there is still not equal pay in the workplace. Sorry to go on a tangent, but many hardworking mothers are being asked to do the impossible: Feed their families on a budget which can only support food businesses that provide low-quality food. The food system in our beautiful country needs to be subjected to a heavy revision—it is a cyclical problem, with repercussions that we all feel. I’m not suggesting everyone eat organic food from some high horse in the sky. I’m saying everyone should be able to afford fresh, real food. And if women were paid an equal wage, families might have more of a choice in the grocery aisles, not to mention in the rest of their lives.

What’s strange is that she segued into the talk about wage equality instead of talking further about her failure to go seven days without her douchebaggery.

According to White House statistics, “Full-time women workers earnings are only about 77 percent of their male counterparts earnings. The pay gap is even greater for African-American and Latina women, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man.” This isn’t just unacceptable, this is reprehensible, and it is incumbent on all of us (hats off to Patricia Arquette) to do something about it. And that means making it an issue that we all talk about. (Think you might not be receiving equal pay for equal work? Here are some resources for addressing it.) The Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings initiative is fighting for equality on a global level, while Moms Rising is another great organization that focuses on family issues, like equal pay, maternity and paternity leave, and affordable childcare. They are currently rallying awareness and action around the Paycheck Fairness Act, something we all need to get behind.

In case you didn’t understand that she can give her family the best of the best, here she is to break it down for the peasants:

I know hunger doesn’t always touch us all directly—but it does touch us all indirectly. After this week, I am even more grateful that I am able to provide high-quality food for my kids. Let’s all do what we can to make this a basic human right and not a privilege.

Are you surprised that she couldn’t hack it through the challenge?

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