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Actor Keke Palmer Hit With Backlash For Saying That Food Stamps Should Only Work On ‘Healthy’ Food

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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is difficult for practically everyone, whether it’s finding the time to go to the gym or being able to consistently afford groceries.

So when a celebrity seems to be coming for people who are struggling, others are quick to stand up for those who are worse off.

On November 9, actor and Good Morning America host, Keke Palmer hinted that EBT cards, which are one form of financial assistance, should only be used for healthy foods.

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Talk about policing the diets of the impoverished.

Her Twitter followers were really uncomfortable with this suggestion, stating that this form of thinking was a sign of hating the poor and being completely out-of-touch with a poor person’s reality. 

Since receiving a lot of backlash for the tweet, Palmer removed the initial tweet.

She then posted a new one claiming that EBT cards should work for anything a person wanted to buy, but that healthy food options should be entirely free at the checkout counter. 

Palmer also continued to respond to follow-up tweets, holding to her story that healthy food should be free of cost and available everywhere, eliminating food deserts.

She also applauded some of her viewers’ workarounds on saving money.

 

Palmer even gave a shout-out to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, stating that EBT cards should swipe free for healthy foods.

In quite a few of her responding tweets, Palmer cited a longer post on Instagram, stating that people who condemned her initial tweet obviously hadn’t read the post on the other platform.

Palmer explained on Instagram: 

“I have been eating extremely healthy lately and I have been sad about my debit card balance because of it.”

“Healthy food is more expensive for a reason. It’s fresh, good for you, and gives you energy. Bad foods are bad for a reason. They last long, they taste good because of tons of sodium, and they aren’t expensive because they’re honestly not food. Most likely they are food-LIKE products.”

“In any event, imagine if you could get whatever healthy foods you wanted on your EBT card. Like all the healthy foods could swipe for free. Pretty much a reward for being healthy but even more so giving homes a break that want to eat healthy but can’t afford it!” 

 

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I’m just here for the comments. GM ☀️ Added for context: I have been eating extremely healthy lately and I have been sad about my debit card balance because of it. Healthy food is more expensive for a reason. It’s fresh, good for you and gives you energy. Bad foods are bad for a reason. They last long they taste good because of tons of sodium and they aren’t expensive because they’re honestly not food. Mostly likely they are food-LIKE products. In any event imagine if you could get whatever healthy foods you wanted on your EBT card. Like all the healthy foods could swipe for free. Pretty much a reward for being healthy but even more so giving homes a break that want to eat healthy but can’t afford it!

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Though it seems Palmer has since updated her stance to include open purchasing for all, that initial tweet still seems problematic. How Palmer could expect her viewers to understand that she meant “healthy foods should swipe free” from her initial tweet is anyone’s guess.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.