Can you say hypocritical? I can: Oprah.
You see Freegans are people who are so invested in being non-materialistic and in spending the absolute minimum on consumer goods that they go trashpicking behind grocery stores and bakeries at night. They evidentally even hold a tour in NYC where you can learn the ropes of trashpicking.
When I say trashpicking, I really mean dumpster diving. They go into the large dumpsters behind the various stores, and the bring out the most amazing array of very edible products. Not just produce, but milk and meat that is well before it's sell-by date, boxes and boxes of organic cookies and crackers, and bags of leafy greens. All in perfect condition but tossed by the stores for some reason or another.
Now, I'm not really interested in this lifestyle for my family, but I do have a small twinge of regret that we lived right by a Whole Foods for years and I never thought of perusing their trash. I guess I'm not a trashpicker by nature. But I find it very interesting that the people shown were very upper middle class folks that chose this as a lifestyle not because they can't afford food, but because they are against rampant consumerism. There was one couple that were a doctor and an engineer, and they are ardent freegans and have been for years. Another woman left her 200K job and now leads the Freegan Tours in NYC. I found that very interesting.
What I found even more interesting was Oprah's reaction to the show. She was oooing and aaahing about how great it was to be less consumer oriented and I have to admit, I was seething. She is the biggest hypocrite ever. That woman spends more money on huge diamonds, huge estates, ridiculously expensive clothing and shoes, etc. She's the queen of consumerism. She's the one that has those ode to materialism shows called "My Favorite Things" where she says things like "everyone can afford this cashmere sweater from J. Crew." I mean, the woman is so freaking clueless. Seeing her spend her money like water is not going to make me believe for one second that she is thinking of reigning in her spending. She's an advocate of the spend spend mentality. It was ridiculously hypocritical for her to even pretend to think that living the Freegan lifestyle was another other than gross.
I believe that Oprah's motives in presenting this story were less than pure. I wish I didn't have to say that, but her attitude was so disinterested, as if she couldn't wait to get onto the next, and much steamier segment about a wonderful single mother that chose to be a stripper in a 'gentlemen's club in order to be home for her kids after school, and to only work 3 days a week. Surprisingly, that ticked Izzy off. Stumble It! JBlog Me