I guess this was all just a joke?
I’ve been on quite the rant about Gwyneth Paltrow on my social media sites. I figured I would just come full circle and repeat what I wrote on Facebook because I am very passionate about it.
Gwyneth Paltrow gave up on food stamp challenge | http://t.co/qwOuGhIxMc An F you dipshit. You get an F because you fail at being a human.
— Michelle Martinka (@martinkadelux) April 16, 2015
I will disclose that I am a registered democrat. I identify as a feminist, but, like us tattooed folk, we’re not all the same… it’s a big umbrella. I want to say I’m a #CommonWoman, but really… who the -uck wants to be common? And so, I’m not.
What I am is that elusive middle class. The one that fits in between $30,000 and 100,000 a year. That’s us. Some weeks we actually stash some cash, which is good, because we have no savings. No retirement. No 401K. My husband works for a small company, so we don’t even get health insurance through work… which means no HSA plan.
Most weeks, however, we just scrape by. We scrape by- but our kids get to eat. They get to play. Our oldest goes to 3 activities a week (we are cutting it to 2), and our youngest will follow in her footsteps. We get to make payments to lenders for cars we may someday own, and a house we may someday sell. We get to clip coupons, dream as we pour over vacation pamphlets, and snuggle into our home- which is heated in the winter and has fans for the summer.
We are privileged. And we know it.
We have been hungry. But we’ve never gone hungry.
But what happens when you are privileged and you don’t know it? What happens when it’s funny?
And this makes me utterly disappointed.
I am a part of a political party that will rant and rave because of the 1%… and here they are. In full force. Gwynnie and her insane ideas about limes and cilantro and dry beans.
What person working their ass off for $7 an hour, living on $29 a week for food has the time to soak beans?!
Change needs to happen.
This challenge did nothing but shine light on the truth that Gwyneth Paltrow is not the common woman. She’s not in the least bit serious about making change. And she sure as hell is not in touch with the realities that lay at her privileged feet. Her gratefulness at being able to provide high-quality food for her kids is another indicator… she doesn’t get it. Some people can’t afford food. At all.
Lastly, because I am on a rant… after working 8-12 hours at a shift job, the LAST thing I want to do is poach an egg.