Everyone is talking about Gwyneth Paltrow and her decision to bring attention the difficulties faced by families living on food stamps — but not necessarily for the reasons she intended.
The 42-year-old actress, regularly ridiculed for her oft pretentious GOOP lifestyle brand, decided last week to take part in celebrity chef Mario Batali's Food Bank Challenge, which encourages people to try and live on $29 of food stamps for seven days. The campaign is meant to highlight both the difficulties of families living with such limited means and to challenge recent cuts by Congress to food stamp programs.
"For one week, walk in someone else's shoes," Batali says on the campaign site. "Knowledge is power, and by truly understanding what our friends and neighbors are going through, we will be better equipped to find solutions."
In announcing his participation, Batali nominated Sting, Deborah Harry and Paltrow to join him. And kudos to Paltrow, she took up the cause. What she chose for her $29 worth of ingredients, however, collectively made the Internet groan.
This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week. pic.twitter.com/OZMPA3nxij— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) April 9, 2015
The very fact that Gwenyth Paltrow bought gluten-free tortillas w/ food stamps proves that she is the most pretentious individual on earth.— John Paul (@JxhnBinder) April 13, 2015
Gwyneth Paltrow's version of the food stamp challenge is perfect for GOOP, but not so much for the working poor http://t.co/xfd7vRoo7L— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) April 13, 2015
Even Rosie Perez on the popular talk show "The View" had harsh words for Paltrow's involvement.