Keke Palmer imagines a world where EBT cards only work ‘on healthy items’.

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Keke Palmer has never been one to shy away from controversial attitudes, but the entertainer’s tendency to be open-minded found a backlash from fans online this morning. Her turbulent Monday began when the singer/actress/TV personality posted a tweet about EBT card users and their eating habits.

Her post read: “Imagine that your EBT card could only work with healthy items”.

Imagine that your EBT card could only work with healthy items …. ððððððð

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that allows a participant in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to pay for foods with SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps). It is a service for people who need assistance in buying food for their household.

Palmer’s position seems to imply that people who take advantage of such assistance do not make the best decisions when filling their shopping carts. After fans criticized her inflammatory comment, the Hustlers and Joyful Noise actress followed up with more tweets to reinforce her original message.

First, she offered healthy suggestions to people who asked what she expected them to eat.

Hahahahahaha Brussels sprouts chicken fish eggs cauliflower crust for a homemade pizza mushrooms spinach kiwi pineapple protein shakes peas So much! https://t.co/GNkNBniOGC

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

Then she jokingly hinted, while labeling Kamala Harris, that healthy food should be free for people with EBT benefits.

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– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

When many of her followers accused her of being privileged, Palmer went on the offensive.

Damn it! I thought it was a nice suggestion, considering that I know so many people who take comfort in the fact that they can’t afford the healthy food with their EBT cards. My bad! Not everyone feels the same, that’s okay lol https://t.co/zhL4CJjm1E

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

She went further by clearly stating that she did not come from a place of privilege and mentioning that members of her own family had used EBT before.

Yes, but some people need EBT. This is nothing to be ashamed of. My family has used it! You should do better. https://t.co/QG8L0G3q43

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

Palmer joked when she marked Harris in the exchanges earlier, but Palmer continued to respond that in her opinion healthy food should actually be free for those who need it.

Yes, perhaps you should not focus on thinking I am “rich. I think it creates a defensive character.

I say healthy food should be free for those who often cannot afford it. They should have no limit, they should be free if you earn a certain amount of money. https://t.co/V2cRZMkvDW

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

Palmer explained that part of the problem is that people from poorer areas have no access to or information about healthy food.

Yes, but that is why we need to find ways to pay the bill when it comes to access. Some people do not have access to options to even be able to decide how to choose the best option! For example, if you only have one choice, how can you even maintain a different way of thinking? https://t.co/AzCxmVdGUx

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

Even in defending her position, Palmer pointed out that she felt she was being attacked with various posts like this one:

And she with me like this: https://t.co/zGDywVIW8m pic.twitter.com/yYYYxvMygZpO

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

The subject was an everyday topic, while their posts continued to be filled…

Keke: Healthy feet…
All: pic.twitter.com/OliH6ttwSU

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

She tried to end the matter with a conciliatory note, apologized if someone was offended by her comment, but still held on to what she described as her original intention.

She apologized for thinking that people should get free food ? I am confused with this one lol. How insulting is it to suggest that people in EBT earn free food? Because that’s all I am suggesting. https://t.co/aAoy1lwkBV

– Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) November 9, 2020

She still had the feeling that her main point was lost, so ve

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