Target: Andrea Tantaros
Goal: Apologize for making light of food stamps and hunger
While discussing the story of Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, who recently voluntarily spent a month living off of food stamps, Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros made a rather offensive and distasteful remark that made light of the daily reality that millions of Americans face. Although she did not directly attack those who receive food stamps, she trivialized their plight, saying that she could use food stamps as a diet plan and would look “fabulous” after the month was over.
Those who receive food stamps (including Mayor Booker during his month-long experiment) receive just $133 a month for food. That equals less than $1.50 per meal. Some 50 million Americans live in perpetual hunger because they cannot afford enough to eat. Many of those households contain a child, elderly person, or someone with a disability.
The lives of these people are hard; food stamps are not a free ticket to easy street. Yet somehow Tantaros had the gall to downplay the tragedy of Americans living in hunger. Her comments would lead one to believe that she sees poverty as a hot new diet plan, not a crushing and chronic condition. While millions starve, Tantaros blithely and insensitively makes fun of them. She did not follow up her joke with any serious commentary, honest answer, or point. She just belittled starving people. Demand that Andrea Tantaros deliver an apology for her comment.
Dear Ms. Tantaros,
Recently, while discussing Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey’s decision to live off of food stamps for a month, you made a rather unfortunate remark regarding the seriousness of those who need food stamps to survive. You claimed that you would happily live on food stamps as a diet plan and that you would come out of the experience “looking great.”
People who receive food stamps are given a mere $133 a month, leaving less than $5 for each day’s food. Perhaps the joke could have gone over smoothly if you added some kind of actual commentary or addressed the severity of hunger in the United States (50 million Americans live in hunger). Instead, you sounded vain and selfish when you said that and you utterly trivialized the daily struggles of millions.
Hunger is a serious problem in this country and across the globe. People starve everyday. The joke you made was certainly not funny to them. Please, Ms. Tantaros, at the very least apologize.
[Your Name Here]
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