Below are 10 of the 700+ comments people have left in response to the Washington Post article A hungry Gwyneth Paltrow fails the food-stamp challenge four days in. If it were your job to curate these comments in a way that encouraged more conversation, how would you rank them? Are there any comments you would delete?
1. Liz W.
It should come as a surprise to no one that Gwyneth Paltrow failed at pretending to be poor. Why is this news?
In some ways, though, she experienced similar challenges others face on food stamps — what are the “right” things to buy to get you through? She erred on the side of too few calories but very healthy. Other articles deride families on food stamps for choosing too many calories and unhealthy food. Face it — no one can feed more than one person on $29 a week.
This is just dumb. I have lived on $30 of groceries. You don’t buy 7 limes, for Pete’s sake! You buy rice, dried beans, chicken thighs, onions, frozen vegetables, oatmeal, apples, bananas, sandwich bread, and peanut butter. It ain’t that well-rounded, but it works.
I have read that clothing models and certain Hollywood starlets eat paper towels to suppress their appetite and keep their weight down. Did she try that? BIG FAIL, GP.
If she set out to prove that she is wise enough to teach the poor how to eat well on $29/week, then she was an arrogant twit and failed. But if she set out to show how hard it is to eat on $29/week, then she succeeded. Her reasonably humble and contrite comments after four days seem to support the latter. I’m not a Paltrow groupie, but we should judge her by her words and actions, not by her prima donna reputation in Hollywoodland.
What a dummy. Do you know how much kraft mac and cheese you can buy for $29?
7. Madoline Madigan
Oh, please. I shop in grocery stores and these people eat far better than I ever could and I have a JOB. They don’t buy fresh vegetables and foods they have to prepare: are you kidding? Try big steaks, shrimp, frozen dinners………………………………..! Open your eyes.
I commend Gwyneth for taking on the challenge I just wish everyone in Congress would do the same!
Please note… Paltrow did not use “Botox” on Feb 22, 2015. Crows feet around the eyes! Don’t know if she ever used it, but on that night, did not!
I don’t follow Gwyneth Paltrow but it seems she brought more attention to the plight of people living on food stamps than all the disparaging commentators who mocked her attempt.