Keke Palmer responds to blowback over food stamps comment

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News
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People being on food stamps is nothing to make light of.

Keke Palmer understands this now after experiencing blowback for making what seemed to be off-handed comments about people using the national social service entitlement.

On Monday, the former daytime talk show host ignited a fiery discussion about the government-run program after opening up about her own journey to healthy eating. Referred to as EBT or SNAP, the program gives low-income families a monthly budget to spend on groceries.

In a since-deleted tweet to her 1.9 million followers, Palmer wrote, “Imagine if your EBT card would only work on healthy items.”

Many social media users took umbrage to the “Akeela and the Bee” star’s remarks, some even slamming her for suggesting that there should be restrictions on what disenfranchised people are allowed to eat.

“You really need to chill,” one Twitter opined. "Because this is THE most ignorant stance and statement, due to privilege/assumption you’re exercising in the statement alone...

Another said: “I’ll never understand rich people dictating what poor people should and should not do."

The social media savvy Chicago-area native didn’t back down from her statement, responding to most of the twitter comments and explaining that her intentions behind it and further opened the discussion.

“Why did you take this one comment and make like it was my plan to cure poverty? Lol all I said is I want people to get healthy food for free. It’s obviously not a cure all”

“To clarify my tweet was pertaining to issues w/ healthy foods being 2 expensive & thinking it should be free for those w/ EBT cards...” the Olay Body pitchwoman also explained.

She also tweeted the idea to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

Some 38 million U.S. citizens receive food stamps benefits, according to statistics from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

She furthered the discussion on Instagram to her 10.9 million followers, writing, “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,” Palmer continued in the caption. “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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