At least that’s what Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros thinks. In a discussion about Newark mayor Cory Booker’s move to eat on a budget equivalent to food stamps (aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) for a week, she chimed in with this zinger:
“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, it really does. I’d be looking great!”
You can watch the whole miserable thing here.
I happened to see this clip the same evening I watched “Poor Kids“, an episode of PBS’ Frontline that explores poverty through the eyes of children.
They showed a family with two kids hopping from cheap motel to cheap motel, filling the bathroom sinks with ice to use as makeshift refrigerators. Another family cooks frozen pizzas for dinner (which they bought 5 for $10) and cuts them into slices with scissors. Their little girl–with a shirt that couldn’t cover her round belly–said they hadn’t eaten fruits or vegetables for a few weeks because they were too expensive.
A limited food budget doesn’t help people eat better. It forces them to feed their families with the cheapest, easiest food available. In our country, that’s heavily processed and fast food–food that keeps people malnourished and eventually makes them sick. It’s a horrible injustice.
My gut reaction to Andrea Tantaros’ inane comments was that she should be fired.
But I’ve reconsidered. Instead, I think she should be required to join mayor Booker in eating on $30 a week (and let’s have her try that for a month, shall we?) and document the whole thing for Fox News. Now that’s some television I would watch.
I just hope she likes cheap frozen pizza.