The amount of rage I feel watching a rich white guy “starve” himself to learn about what it is like to live in poverty is making my head hurt. As someone who consistently worries about having enough money to pay for basic necessities I find it insulting that he thinks he is able to learn anything from “starving” for 5 days. This is fucking gross.
I need people to stop thinking that experiencing “food insecurity” for 5 days teaches them anything about the experiences of people who deal with it on a regular basis. I need people to stop thinking that they can understand what it is like when they get to go back to their normal lives after their little experiment is over and go on like nothing ever happened.
So…ignorance is preferred?
This is my tumblr pet peeve. People can’t even fucking learn anything without OH MY GOD LET’S ATTACK THEM.
He is learning what it is like to live on $10 worth of food for a week not what it is like to live on $10 worth of food a week for your whole life. Not what it is like to have anxiety over food or any of the other experiences that come from living in poverty. Even doing this “experiment” he is still going to be ignorant of what really happens. He can never understand with the privileges he has right now.
So yeah I’m going to be critical of someone acting like they are having a life changing experience and ignoring the absurd amount of privilege they have.
Because, let’s face it….. at the end of that week, he can splurge on a huge meal and spa day to relax over the “torment” he just suffered. Most people don’t have this option, they don’t have that hope he does, that it will all be over in just a matter of days. Maybe he was hungry for a few days, but again, knowing that it’s not going to last long is a wonderful balm for his “suffering”.
Maybe this gives him a little more added interest in the issue and maybe he’ll contribute to some charities and be a spokesperson…. but he still has money in the bank at the end of it all and doesn’t truly understand the experience.
This is no different than that woman who wore a burka for a day, or that man who shaved to understand the plight of women. Where are they now?
what he should be doing instead of playing Pretend to Starve For a Week is listening to people that actually starve about their experiences, and contributing to charities or creating one or speaking out to help them.
Jesus Fucking Christ. Another case of OMG LET’S BE OFFENDED. What Tom Hiddleston is doing is not “playing poor” he’s using his status as a celebrity to bring awareness to hunger in so called “privileged nations.” HE’S USING HIS FAME TO BRING AWARENESS. What would you rather he do? Go to bum fuck Oklahoma and just talk to people about being poor? No. He’s actually DOING something. HE’S TAKING ACTION. He’s saying, “Look, I’m doing this thing, and it’s really awful that people have to live like this.” By doing that he’s calling attention to the problem and making his 1.6 million followers aware of the problem so it can change.
Fucking Christ… maybe the reason you don’t have any food, isn’t because you’re poor, but there’s no way to get it to you all the way up there on your high horse.
But Not Really Though, I Mean What Did Actually Accomplish Through By Doing This. Its Great For To Say That Hes “Informing” His Fans But The Only Thing I Learned From Reading His Tweets Were How Much Items Of Food Cost. He Does The Bare Minimum Of Explaining The Sacrifices And Hardships That People Living In Poverty Face Daily. There Is No Statistics Or Real Life Stories, There Are No Links To Donation Sites Or Petitions. He Is Not Engaging The Public In A Frank And Open Discussion About All The Social And Political Factors That Come In To Play. All This Really Evokes In The Reader Is A Feeling Of Oh That’s Soooo Sad I Feel Soooo Bad And Then They Can Move On With Lives. Sure I Appreciate The Attempt At Bringing Attention To This Issue(Lord Knows That More Than Most People In Power Do) But That Does Not Stop It From Being A Half-Assed Attempt That Doesn’t Really Accomplish Anything At All.
Do your fucking research. This was a fundraiser for UNICEF. He encouraged other people to read about the issue and become sponsored and do the challenge with him. He links to the UNICEF website and the challenge website REPEATEDLY and encourages people to donate and read about the problem. SERIOUSLY. What the FUCK do you expect? It’s awesome that you guys can sit in your comfy computer chairs or on your couches with your laptops and critisize the guy actually trying to change the world. Speaks volumes of your character. This series of photos is just snippets of his twitter feed, reading the entire thing would really enlighten you.
Not only that but the idea was that the money that you WOULD have spent on food that week you should donate. So, let’s say someone usually spends $80 on food in a week, but instead, lived off a dollar a day ($7). That leaves $73 to be donated! See what UNICEF is doing?
My family and I actually do this every month. We forego dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday and donate what we would have spent on food.
First : Grant Ward
Then : Leo Fitz
I don’t know what to say Except.
What will they become ???
i’m not ok!
i need to sit down
WHATS WRONG WITH FITZ???
talk about perspective. shit.
You told me the name you chose was a promise. What was the promise?
Government is good.
Big Brother is watching you.
The State wants to take care of you.
north Korea scares me to death. the fact that a place like that still exists in modern day. those people are prisoners.
1984 is here and now
this is too 1984 to be real
why the fuck have i barely heard anything about this shit? Why aren’t more people outraged about this? and talking about this? this is fucking horrible! Something has to be done it’s fucking 2014 why the fuck is this even happening
i have family in North Korea that no one has seen since the war.
Why isn’t anyone telling us about this?
I’m a sophomore in high school. Who gives a shit about The Second Great Awakening? What about this? What about the Korean Reich that’s strangling it’s own people? Why hasn’t anyone at least pretended to care? Fuck Beyoncé, fuck whatever is coming soon to theaters. Why isn’t the suffering of human beings the first headline in the NY Times? Why hasn’t my history teacher taken a moment out of the 53 minutes in our class to inform us? Why?
There’s no oil there to steal, so the richer countries of the world couldn’t care less.
no one is talking about this because no one is supposed to know this information
when I reblogged this, the arrow was pointing straight at laughing Castiel
Sam and Dean will be the cause of my death. I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to go.
Yeah, I was hoping for that too. I got Hael. Death by a hot girl. Figures.
i like lucifer sam, it seems like fun
There’s a Death Note post down here. I’m fucked.
More Disney Parks facts here
But how could you leave out this
Cats who can’t figure out walls [x]
PLEASE TAKE YOUR CAT TO THE VET IF YOU SEE THEM DOING THIS BEHAVIOR OVER TIME.
It’s called “head pressing” and it occurs in dogs and cats.
Head pressing is characterized by the compulsive act of pressing the head against a wall or other object for no apparent reason. This generally indicates damage to the nervous system, which may result from a number of varying causes, including prosencephalon disease (in which the forebrain and thalamusparts of the brain are damaged), or toxic poisoning.
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/health_resources/toxoplasmosis.cfm (head pressing is listed as a symptom)
http://sevneurology.com/patients/clip-multilobular-osteochondroma (About a dog’s brain tumor but head pressing is listed as a symptom)
I wasn’t going to reblog this until I read the important caption dang thank you!!!
YOU JUST SAVED THE LIFE OF MY CAT THANK YOU!
SPREAD THIS LIKE WILDFIRE. THIS COULD SAVE YOUR KITTIE’S LIFE!
Not a fun post. Only the most important post in the life of a pet owner! Spread it. Spread it like right now.