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Fox's Tantaros Treats Food Stamps As A Diet Plan: "Do You Know How Fabulous I'd Look?"

1:21 pm - 11/21/2012
Fox's Tantaros Treats Food Stamps As A Diet Plan: "Do You Know How Fabulous I'd Look?"

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Fox News pundit Andrea Tantaros mockingly dismissed the plight of hungry Americans, claiming that she would "look fabulous" if she were forced to live on a food stamp diet.

Tantaros' vapid commentary came in response to Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker's pledge to accept the food-stamp challenge and try to subsist on $133 for food per month for an extended period of time, just as food stamp recipients in New Jersey do.

After Fox Business panelists speculated whether Booker's pledge is an effort at "positioning himself for a run for the presidency as a man of the people," Tantaros quipped: "I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I'd look. I'd be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds."

Video is here if my embed didn't work.

Tantaros' comments are appalling and uninformed. While most of us feast on turkey and yams, stuffing and cranberries, on Thursday, millions of Americans will go hungry, just as they do every day. The food stamp challenge exists to demonstrate the struggles that food insecure families face trying to live on their monthly allotment of food.

Despite the difficulty in subsisting on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), which was formerly known as food stamps, helped keep millions of families out of poverty in 2011.

Tantaros' commentary continues a long and extensive Fox campaign to dismiss hunger-related issues and to demonize SNAP recipients.

In May, when celebrity chef Mario Batali took the food stamp challenge, Fox's Greg Gutfeld asked: "Does this make you want to slap him around?" Around that time, Sean Hannity encouraged those suffering with food insecurity to shun SNAP and instead eat more rice and beans, which he said could be purchased "for relatively negligible amounts of money."

We're still waiting for Fox to take the food stamp challenge.


OP: Ah, food stamps! The ultimate diet plan! So that's why poor people are so thin... If the embed video doesn't work than please go to the source site. XD~

edit: there's no trigger warning for weight so I put body shamming. This tag is per request of a community member.
layweed 21st-Nov-2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
Starvation is a diet plan? fuck you.

ETA: This was on PBS last night, maybe Tantaros should watch this. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poor-kids/

Edited at 2012-11-21 11:20 pm (UTC)
sunktheglow 21st-Nov-2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
The would would be a better place if we wrangled up the Fox News nitwits and shot them into outer space.
romp 21st-Nov-2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Grotesque. My thoughts today are on a single mother who has breast cancer. She's a black woman who grew up poor (and still is by most standards) so her odds were already high of getting cancer. To hear poverty reduced to a quip is too much.
the_physicist 21st-Nov-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
veracity 21st-Nov-2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the lack of nutrition that overly processed (but usually the most inexpensive) food provides doesn't mean someone will be thin.
darth_eldritch 21st-Nov-2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
Hey, Faux, fuck you.
mercystars 21st-Nov-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
but i thought people on foodstamps were all spending them on things like foie gras and kobe beef and champagne.......
celtic_thistle 21st-Nov-2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
And cigarettes! Don't forget the cigarettes!
poetic_pixie_13 21st-Nov-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)

celtic_thistle 21st-Nov-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
I love it when overpaid, out-of-touch pundits tell poor people how to run their fucking lives.
d00ditsemily 22nd-Nov-2012 12:02 am (UTC)
So first it's ~OMG all I see poor people buy on food stamps is junk food how dare they!!!~ to now you would be thin? ok
paksenarrion2 Relevant icon is relevant25th-Nov-2012 01:00 am (UTC)
and totally gankable if wanted. i usually whip it out in those posts that devolve into wank. And sadly they are all too common.

Just be sure to credit darkmanifest

I just see red when it starts and now it is turning to a haze with this shit.

Edited to actually add the right icon. *face palm*

Edited at 2012-11-25 01:01 am (UTC)
kitschaster 22nd-Nov-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
Fuck you and your basic ass logic of what it's like to be poor, you pile of talking foot fungus and old cabbage. I live on $133 a month in food stamps. Fuck you.

Edited at 2012-11-22 12:15 am (UTC)
songfire3 22nd-Nov-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
- Herman Melville -
celtic_thistle 22nd-Nov-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
not_emily 22nd-Nov-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
On the eve of Thanksgiving, Fox News pundit Andrea Tantaros mockingly dismissed the plight of hungry Americans, claiming that she would "look fabulous" if she were forced to live on a food stamp diet. revealed that she is a shitty human being.

moonbladem 22nd-Nov-2012 12:53 am (UTC)
Sean Hannity encouraged those suffering with food insecurity to shun SNAP and instead eat more rice and beans, which he said could be purchased "for relatively negligible amounts of money."

If it's such a good deal, then why don't you try surviving on rice and beans, day in and day out? Fuck you, Sean Hannity, you're nothing but an asshole.

Tantaros quipped: "I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I'd look. I'd be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds."

Same to you, you insensitive dimwit. Just try living on food stamps... I'll bet you'll be moaning and complaining in no time. And oh, you think the camera adds ten pounds? We'll see what happens then.

WTF is up with these people that they think poverty is a fucking joke, that it becomes a punchline? I can't with these clueless, entitled idiots.
romp 22nd-Nov-2012 04:08 am (UTC)
Seriously. Clearly, they can't fathom a life in which there is no "negligible" amount of money.
drusilla43 22nd-Nov-2012 01:35 am (UTC)
Since I am also on food stamps, I find if I lay in some things that will keep (dry pasta, canned beans, tomato sauce), & doctor it a bit with spices & parsley, I do okay through the month. I have also found frozen vegetables and fruit (on sale) to be my friends. Round it out with cold & hot cereal. But I doubt any of the on-air personalities at Faux would enjoy my cuisine for very long.
glass_houses 22nd-Nov-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
But omg how good you must look!!11
mskye 22nd-Nov-2012 01:47 am (UTC)
>reads headline

>mouth suddenly tastes like vomit
mskye 22nd-Nov-2012 02:00 am (UTC)
srsly I fucking hate everything right now. fuck the rich people who treat food stamps like a ~challenge~ being poor is not the fucking cinnamon challenge alsdkfjsdlkjf
aviv_b 22nd-Nov-2012 02:52 am (UTC)
She should be ashamed to live in a country where some of us have so much but many of us don't have enough food to eat. And since the folks at Fox News are such good Christians, I know they will be reciting this prayer tomorrow written by Samuel F Pugh (June 4 1904- December 23, 2007) who was an ordained christian minister of the disciples of christ church.

O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.

yooperchild 22nd-Nov-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I swear my pastor preached this message last week. It was basically about how everyone is fighting their own battles and the "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" thing and how no one has any right to judge anyone because you never know where life is going to take you.

It was a good message and this is a good prayer.
tabaqui 22nd-Nov-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
What a revolting pack of asshats.
ebay313 22nd-Nov-2012 03:18 am (UTC)
corinn 22nd-Nov-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
Go for it, Tantaros! My auntie looked sooooo fabulous when she got protein-calorie malnutrition trying to survive on SNAP.

windsong_moon 22nd-Nov-2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Some of the recipes above are making me hungry. I live with my parents now so food is no longer such an issue, but when I lived off of $100 a month for food, my big "tip" was to just mix frozen broccoli and/or white rice with Lean Cuisines I could get on sale for $1-2. I also had a lot of buttered egg noodles and would stock up on $1 jars of pasta sauce. It was miserable, ngl.
lil_insanity 22nd-Nov-2012 07:11 am (UTC)
I used to eat noodles like, every other day... fffffffff. D: I think I know 50 different ways to make pasta for under $1 a serving now.

Luckily money isn't so tight for me anymore (I live with my fiance now, and his slightly higher income makes a HUGE difference on what I can afford to make for dinner) but I have lived on $150/month food budget for TWO adults in the past and it was fucking horrible.
free_spoons 22nd-Nov-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
Uhhg. Fuck people who have nothing better to do than criticize the diets (and every other life choice) of people on food stamps. A really good friend of my last week started complaining on facebook about a someone at a grocery store ("with a fancy ass smartphone") buying processed food with food stamps and a pack of cigarettes with a debit card.
freeze_i_say 22nd-Nov-2012 11:14 am (UTC)
They day when one of these shitstains comes across Swift's "Modest Proposal" and gets behind it in all sincerity is drawing that much closer isn't it?

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Edited at 2012-11-22 11:15 am (UTC)
furrygreen 22nd-Nov-2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
It'll never happen. Christianity, in its most shallow form, makes it so completely easy for someone to blow off the rest of society several ways: the forgiving of sins (why bother to care if you can just repent before you die?),the idea that your life situation is God's will (which completely and utterly ferments the wealthy citizens), and the concept of Hell. You take that and the fact that it is (psychologically) extreme hard for wealthy people of any kind to even begin to understand the trials of being poor don't add up to much change. Watching people suffer does hurt and knowing it's partially your fault for upholding the social order (even if you're unconscious) is all the more incentive to look the other way and be scornful.

It's just human nature. It's been like this for thousands of years (there's a reason why most ancient cultures saw their rulers as God incarnate and/or head of their church.) XD I'm not saying Christianity is like that above. I'm just saying that it's easy for the shallow people amongst us to use Christianity as an excuse in that way and manner.
normaltrouble 22nd-Nov-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Of course, most likely even if they struggle through an horrifically low SNAP amount of money they might not have to contend with:

1. Not being close to a decent market with decent prices.

2. Not having access or being on a very strict budget for being able to drive to a decent market.

3. Not having any help when going to the grocery on the bus or train. Lugging even 2 bags of groceries on the bus can be a real pain.

4. No access to bus or train, and having to spend precious money on a taxi, or walk to a place farther than a 15 minute walk. And if you have a disability or are elderly or have a few children with you...a 15 minute walk might be a harsh barrier to that grocery store "down the road". Again, lugging groceries-whether you appropriate a cart of have something of your own, that is a long 15 minute plus walk.

5. For whatever tactical reasons, you have to shop at 1-3 different very small markets and stores in the nearby area. One might have the milk and eggs, and tortillas and cereal...one might have some juice and some fruit, and the other might have the beans, and rice.
Maybe. Might only have milk, eggs, and some overpriced bananas that are the healthiest available choices for under 12 blocks.
If you're lucky, and they are probably going to cost 150-200% more than most grocery markets would charge.

I bet that most people who do that experiment have decent access to a car or a grocery store near by , and they don't have to lug the precious few bags they can afford on a SNAP budget farther than their car in their parking lot.

It's the cost of food, yes.
It's also access to decent markets with those great deals!

kyra_neko_rei 23rd-Nov-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
My first thought upon reading this was "She will drive to the nearest megastore in her giant-ass SUV and load up with more groceries than she can physically carry in one load, and then stuff them in her $2000 refrigerator-freezer and her pest-free pantry, and any success she has will be based on the feasability of this strategy in getting bulk foods at cheaper per-ounce price, and she will stupidly wonder what the fuss is about.
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