Example: [Collected via Twitter, June 2015]
Origins: On 8 June 2015, the satirical web site Clickhole published an article reporting that actress Gwyneth Paltrow had starved to death after trying to live off of food stamps for one week:
Yep, the Shakespeare In Love and Iron Man star tried to feed herself on just $29 for an entire week in order to demonstrate just how desperate things are for the nations working poor, and after spending her entire budget on barely enough food to create two healthy, well-balanced meals and a couple of snacks, Paltrow slowly starved to death over the next four days.
Clickhole published their satirical article a few months after Paltrow announced that she wanted to “raise awareness and money for the Food Bank for New York City by trying to live on $29 dollars for the week.” While it’s true that the actress had a difficult time living on the same grocery budget as low-income families utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) commonly known as “food stamps,” Paltrow did not “starve to death” as a result:
Clickhole, an offshoot of The Onion, is a satirical web site that parodies “clickbait” sites such as Upworthy and BuzzFeed.
Last updated: 8 June 2015