Rol up, roll up! Come and gawp at the poor people! Chuck 'em a bun for a penny!
It is little wonder that people who receive State Aid are so vilified. It is expected, though still unacceptable, to see newspapers filled with horror stories about "scroungers" and "moochers". With a largely right wing controlled, and in most cases, Murdoch owned, press, the demonisation of the poor and disabled is par for the course. Lately, however, there has been an upsurge in "poverty porn", with Channel 5 leading the pack.
Benefits: 19 Kids and Counting.
Benefit House: Me and My 26 Kids.
Great British Benefits Hotel.
Undercover Benefits Cheat.
Can't Pay: Benefits Special
On Benefits and Proud.
Gypsies on Benefits and Proud.
That's a short list of the programme line up on Channel 5. This WEEK alone. Benefits, benefits, benefits..
Are these programmes really necessary? What purpose do they serve, other than to further divide people?
Let's turn, for a moment, to the Oxford English Dictionary..
An advantage or profit gained from something: enjoy the benefits of being a member.
part-time jobs supplemented by means-tested benefits.
Channel Five seldom show programmes depicting the impact of austerity cuts on the disabled. Doing so might make people CARE, and we simply can't have that, can we? No.. It's much better to find the minority, present them as the majority, and let division run rampant. These "documentaries" are harmful, irresponsible garbage, which serve no purpose whatsoever, beyond inflaming tensions. Please, do the responsible thing, and don't add to their viewing figures. If people refuse to watch this crap, eventually, with a little luck, television channels will return to responsible, fact based journalism, and not bandwagon jumping, incendiary divisive bullshit.
There is no "benefit" to being poor. There is no "reward" for being disabled. And there is certainly no justification for presenting a handful of rogue claimants as the majority. Channel Fice should be ashamed at the rubbish they show. And people who watch, and buy into the narrative, should be equally ashamed. The people who SHOULDN'T be ashamed, or shamed by our national media, are those who are receiving the aid to which they are rightfully entitled.