Target: Fox News Pundit, Andrea Tantaros
Goal: Apologize for offensive on-air comment
On the day before Thanksgiving, a pundit on Fox News likened living on food stamps to dieting. Andrea Tantaros, the co-host of Fox’s “The Five,” made the comment while discussing New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker’s challenge to live on food stamps for one week. Tantaros joked that she should try living on the $133 monthly allowance Food Stamps provides because it would make her look “fabulous” and “so skinny.”
Food stamps is not a dieting technique, it is a harsh reality for 50 million people who live on an average $1.50 per meal. This is not only a record number of Americans forced to rely on this budget to nourish themselves, it is also an obviously insufficient budget for any family to sustain themselves on.
Tantaros’ comment is insulting as it it mocks poor people who struggle to feed themselves and their family on food stamps. It also belittles the larger point Mayor Cory Booker was trying to make in his attempt to bring attention to the problem of feeding a family on the $133 monthly allowance. Living on food stamps is not easy, it’s not something people choose to do because it suits their lifestyle, and it’s certainly not something people do in order to lose weight. Furthermore, Tantaros’ comment was misogynistic and reinforces the idea that women should strive to look “skinny.”
Tantaros responded to complaints about her comment via Twitter, “It’s amazing how stupid & humorlesss some liberals can be.” Tantaros obviously has no regrets over her statement. Nonethless, she should be held accountable for her insensitive comments. Tell Andrea Tantaros that you don’t find anything funny about classism and misogyny.
Dear Andrea Tantaros,
You recently made a comment on Fox’s The Five regarding food stamps. You joked that if you had to live on $133 a month you would look “fabulous” and “so skinny.” While you stated on Twitter your disregard for the objections raised over your comments, the fact remains that what you said is offensive.
The joke you made is offensive because it mocks the 50 million Americans who struggle to feed themselves and their families on the meager budget that food stamps provides. The joke is offensive because it makes light of Mayor Cory Booker’s attempt to bring attention to this fact. The joke is offensive because it reinforces the idea that women should desire skinniness, and that starvation is a means to achieve this end. The joke is offensive because it demonstrates that you have little empathy for poor Americans who go on food stamps to survive, not to diet.
Most of all, Ms. Tantaros, the joke you made is offensive because as a televised political pundit you should know better. I ask that you apologize for your remark and express on air that you do not, in fact, believe that the increasing number of Americans on food stamps is a laughing matter.
[Your Name Here]
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