The demonising of the working class or not? Have your say!

Recently the UK’s social media has been all about benefits street. A documentary looking at the life’s of people living on a relatively poor street in Birmingham. A lot of the people living on this street are claiming benefits, and the show has caused outrage for some who call it “poverty porn”. Some people say it demonises the working classes, and that the shows production company shouldn’t be making shows like it.

Owen Jones from the guardian says its sensationalist programmes like Benefits Street gives people the wrong view about whats happening in Britain. What do you think?

It is the media that gives people these views? Are people basing their opinions on shows like this? Is this show poverty porn? Does this show have any value?

Benefits Street
Which of these statements do you agree with in regard to the controversial TV show Benefits Street?

1 comment for “The demonising of the working class or not? Have your say!

  1. Chris
    January 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I think its more a problem of how some people react, rather than the content of the show. I watched it and didn’t have a problem with most of the residents. They’ve had tough lifes and i imagine if most people had had the smae upbringing as them they would be in exactly the same situation. Can’t stand the people who call them scum of the earth.

    Also i do agree with some people that the media need to focus on individuals in the government or banking industrial or rich tax evades too.

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