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Gwyneth Paltrow Fails the SNAP Challenge

I know you were all waiting with bated breath to find out if Gwyneth finished her food stamp challenge after spending her “weekly allowance” of $29 in SNAP funds on the ingredients for guacamole, some eggs and seven – seriously, seven – limes. 

Well, I’m sorry to say that poor Gwyneth, saddled as she is with the burden of caring for all of us little people, was not able to successfully navigate a single week of eating like an ordinary human being. After posting the photo of what she’d used her $29 to purchase (which, I suspect was just the first $29 worth of items on her extensive Whole Foods, delivered-in grocery program) on Thursday, she cheated almost immediately, attending two pricey fundraisers, one of which saw her chowing down on couture food truck cuisine from famed LA chef Roy Choi. 

Gwyneth Paltrow got off food stamps, then promptly went back to extravagant meals — including an $85-per-person gourmet barbecue dinner and a Beverly Hills affair hosted by David and Victoria Beckham, in the same night.

Paltrow last week took a charity challenge to spend $29 a week on food, as if she were on food stamps. On Thursday she tweeted, “This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store.” By Tuesday, she was attending an $85-per-person pop-up dinner hosted by “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, chef Roy Choi, barbecue god Aaron Franklin and others.

That was just the first meal of the two on Tuesday evening. The other was an event for a womens’ charity, celebrating Victoria Beckham’s Autumn 2016 ready-to-wear collection, and according to fellow attendee Rachel Zoe’s Instagram, featured a lavish meal of its own, with an heirloom tomato salad, halibut, and blood orange sorbet. 

Initially, embarrassed, a rep for Paltrow noted that Gwyneth had done the food stamp challenge the week before and only got around to promoting her meager purchases on the Thursday of the following week, ostensibly to coincide with a feature on the subject in GOOP, had she not been roundly criticised for being an absolute horror.

It turns out that, having failed to buy protein, she could only last on her “diet” for four days. She then took off on a rant about equal pay, because if there’s anything to follow up one exhausted political trop with, it’s another. But in case you’re wondering what she did manage to make with the ridiculous items she bought, there are perfectly plated and well-lighted photos of the “healthy options” she and her family ate during her four days of failure, which makes the whole matter all the worse. Being poor, you see, isn’t actually a diet. It’s actually a very stressful, very oppressive feeling situation. When you’re working three jobs to make ends meet, a brown rice, kale and sweet potato saute with a warm poached egg is a lot harder to make then boxed mac and cheese, and a lot less likely to entice your children into filling their bellies before hopping off to bed. 

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