Fox News Host Says She'd Look 'Fabulous' On the Food Stamps Diet Plan

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Fox News pundits famously know no shame, but The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros has to win some sort of heartless demon-lady award for mocking the millions of Americans who depend on food stamps to survive — on the night before Thanksgiving, no less.

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Fox panelists were wondering whether our boyfriend/Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker's recent pledge to live on food stamps for a week was an effort at "positioning himself for a run for the presidency as a man of the people" (what a horrible platform, right?) when Tanteros said (at 1:39):

"I should try it because, do you know how fabulous I'd look? I mean, the camera adds ten pounds. It really does. I would be looking great."

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And then, she giggled. She fucking giggled at the thought of slumming it that hard.

50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households last year, according to the USDA. Maybe Tanteros should ask them for some more dieting tips?

[Media Matters]

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DISCUSSION

A few points:

1) A person can live on $133 worth of food per month. I spend around 100/month on my food. It's not easy (keep on eye on specials, don't always get everything I "want", live in a city were food is relatively cheap), but it's doable.

2) The issue with food stamps isn't the monetary allotment, it's that all food isn't available to WIC card users. They've finally started to fix it, but I remember when canned corn was one of the few veggies a TN WIC card holder could buy.

3) Hey Tanteros, why don't you try the grad-student-who-doesn't-qualify-for-food-stamps-and-lost-their-job-because-of-scheduling-conflicts, consisting almost entirely of oatmeal, rice, and frozen veggie bags. Between the stress and lack of nutrients, you'll get so skinny over the time of a semester people will think you're seriously ill. Yay poverty dieting!

4) Can female Fox pundits go more than 2 minutes without redirecting the conversation to their own body image?