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The BBC Lowers The Poverty Porn Bar With 'Britain's Hardest Grafter.' Your Move, Fox.

By Emily Chambers | Trade News | May 29, 2015 |


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What in the sweet, holy hell, Britain? I wasn’t being serious.

Despite the fact that everything about this seems to invite ridicule, the BBC has decided to defend its new reality show Britain’s Hardest Grafter aka another piece of shit show that pretends to take a hard look at the issue of poverty and those experiencing in while actually exploiting the everliving fuck out of the poor:

The five-part BBC2 series will pit contestants against each other in a series of jobs and tasks with the “least effective workers” asked to leave until one is crowned champion.

So the show is about a group of people attempting to obtain financial security given that there are more available workers than positions for them to fill. This is different from their regular lives how? Only because your filming this shit?

And in order to avoid the “poverty porn” label, the show’s producers are pretending that this is more of a social experiment than the vulgar profit of someone else’s pain:

The corporation says that the series will “tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time” including why British productivity is so low, is the benefits system providing many with a reason not to work, do immigrants work harder and have the young really not got the work ethic of their parents.

Hey, you know what, assholes? We’ve already got people investigating those issues. They’re called economists. And sociologists. And public policy researchers. And I, hand to God, promise that you’re not going to be able to unravel the riddle of our world economy and its flaws by asking 25 under- employed workers why they believe they’re poor.

I’m sorry about all the swearing, guys, but it’s not going to get any better. Because of this:

[Production Company] Twenty Twenty has posted advertisements calling for participants who are willing to “prove their worth” to “potentially walk away with a cash prize”.

ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

What the hell do you mean by “prove their worth”? Because from a cold- hearted economist’s perspective, their “worth” is whatever amount they’re currently earning. Oh, you don’t like the idea of assigning a value to the totality of a person based only on the kind of work they’re able to find? THEN STOP FUCKING IMPLYING THAT POOR PEOPLE ARE INHERENTLY LESS HARDWORKING THAN RICH PEOPLE.

Make no mistake, that is the point of this show. It’s not to systematically dismantle the stereotypes that make it even more difficult for the poor to find work. That they aren’t hardworking, that they are looking for a handout, that they could stop being poor if they just choose to. This is about proving that there are exceptions to that rule, and that those exceptions are eventually rewarded by being lifted out of poverty. This kind of rags- to- riches bullshit reinforces the idea that people are poor because they deserve to be by focusing on those few who don’t “deserve” to be poor. This doesn’t refute the idea that people sometimes end up poor because of forces outside of their control. It reassures everyone that the system is good because “it will all work out in the end.”

And statistically even with the large cash prize, most of the contestants are staying poor. Because the roots of poverty aren’t necessarily not having enough money. Not to mention that after taxes and presumably wages lost, most of the contestants won’t be seeing a lot of the … how much was that prize again?

The winner will receive a cash prize of about £15,500, the minimum annual wage for workers outside London.

REALLY, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?

“Be on our show so you can earn the same shitty amount you’ve been getting”? I can’t … Why would … It doesn’t … AGHHHHHHHHHH!
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Yep, that’s about it.
Source: The Guardian


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