• politics

    Benefit Street: If this is entertainment….

    …why don’t we just draw lots for child tribunes to fight to the death? The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty was approached by their allies in Britian to join a twitter protest against the television show Benefit Street, and curious about this I watched part of an episode on youtube. Then I found myself in front of the computer reading tweets with the hashtag #BenefitStreet. While there are occasional tweets pointing out that the real problems are the systems that create poverty the majority of the tweets are awful. The hatred expressed makes me want to vomit. Making entertainment out of people’s poverty is not right. The people on the show…