Benefits Street – poverty porn, or just the latest target for pent-up British fury? | Charlie Brooker | The Guardian

by pinkagendist

In order to function without exploding, to keep the Bake Off running and the trains delayed, to keep the populace tutting and sighing and drinking, experiencing a constant level of personal dissatisfaction with something and everything that never quite boils over into scenery-smashing, Hulk-like rage – to stop us from killing each other, in other words – British society seems to require a regularly-updated register of sanctioned hate figures, about whom it’s OK to say more or less anything; people who form a vital pressure valve for this terrifying pent-up societal wrath, lurking beneath the surface like magma under Yellowstone.

The current list includes paedos, MPs, immigrants, bankers, people on benefits and reality stars. Some of the Benefits Street cast falls into the final two categories simultaneously, which means hatred squared. On top of that, their address is repeatedly broadcast on television, printed in newspapers, and shared online: you can trundle up and down using Google Streetview, glaring judgmentally at each individual pixel of their houses. I’d imagine they’re having zero fun right about now. So let’s calm down.”

Benefits Street – poverty porn, or just the latest target for pent-up British fury? | Charlie Brooker | Comment is free | The Guardian.

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