Threats of death and violence after Channel 4 programme Benefits Street

Mentally Interesting:

The government and media are doing a bang up job. Instead of hating the ruling classes, the working classes are encouraged to hate each other. And it’s working.

A lot of the venom is from the young. Newsflash: You WILL get old. You WILL get sick. You may be unemployed at one point. And at some point, you may need benefits.

And a massive 2.57% of your taxes goes towards benefits (not including pensions).

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:

(not satire!)

Channel 4 executives should be proud of themselves. 

Their attempt to stereotype and demonise all of Britain’s 2.49 million unemployed by focussing on just 6 carefully chosen people and showing them in the worst possible light in their programme Benefits Street last night was so successful that Twitter exploded with threats of violence and even death against the participants:

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The producers of the programme meanwhile defended it is a ‘sympathetic, humane and objective portrayal’ of those struggling to cope with austerity.

Not much sympathy, humanity or objectivity on display on Twitter however.

Isn’t there a law against this kind of incitement to violence in the UK?

If so, if any police officer would like to take this further, I’ve kept the names and IDs of the people responsible for the above (and more below) threatening tweets and I would be more than happy to help you with your…

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3 Responses

  1. Wow. Living in the U.S. I didn’t see this program, but it sounds not unlike the rhetoric that is being used here. People getting unemployment benefits or any other kind of government financial help are accused of “thinking they are entitled” to this help. Illegal immigrants have “come here to take our jobs away.” And so forth–it just gets worse. Just goes to show that idiots are idiots all around the world, I guess.

  2. I have just signed the petition to have this trash axed from our screens. Honestly, I remember when Channel 4 actually made, for the most part, intelligent, informative and balanced programming. It seems that since Big Brother was aired this broadcaster has gone spectacularly down the tubes. Now they use the same documentary techniques to dress this offal as high quality documentary journalism. Channel 4 are traitors to their own values!

    Further to the petition (that I would strongly urge your readers to check out if they were as disgusted as I was about this program) perhaps we could also switch our TVs off for the duration of the program while it’s aired so that every channel is effected. They would loose all the ratings figures they get from Sky TV boxes etc (especially if you switch them off at the mains) send all of them the message that this sort of exploitation will not be tolerated!

  3. the arguments and stuff here is unbelivabel it shows the govt rhetoric is working turning people against each other and letting the poor get beaten for the state of the country when the rich just get richer and live in gated communities and mansions and everyone else is supposed to work ‘voluntary’ or for £6.50 minimum wage…..hmmmmm cant pay the rent on that though dream on everyone.


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