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disgusted by On Benefits and Proud

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carlajean Mon 14-Oct-13 21:25:02

I started watching this but had to stop as I found it so annoying. Yes, they've found dreadful people to focus on, but I couldn't stop thinking of all the people who are struggling on benefits and desperate for a job.

ArbitraryUsername Mon 14-Oct-13 21:27:45

I haven't watched it, but by the title alone it is very obvious that you are supposed to be discusted. Or even DISCUSTED.

carlajean Mon 14-Oct-13 21:29:23


makingdoo Mon 14-Oct-13 21:30:26

It's awful. Not showing a true representation of those who rely on benefits at all

UriGHOULer Mon 14-Oct-13 21:31:56

Ach, you're supposed to be discustard.

The little man inside the TV loves it when you make that face grin

DiamondMask Mon 14-Oct-13 21:35:58

where do they find these people?

PirateJelly Mon 14-Oct-13 21:36:41

I usually quite enjoy programs like this but even I have had to switch over. This is so shocking and damaging to the people who are genuine and on benefits and struggling. This just goes to further fuel the ideology that everyone on benefits is lazy, feckless and loaded. No doubt further lubrication for bringing in more cuts to welfare benefits without any objection. It really makes me sick programs like this can be shown. What the hell is the point except to stereotype those on benefits and further cement the idea they are the baddies angry

BellEndTent Mon 14-Oct-13 21:40:28

I think the programme - makers want you to be disgusted. I think that's kind of the idea. grin

Reality Mon 14-Oct-13 21:44:41

I watched the first twenty minutes and had to stop. Utterly filthy program making.

NicknameIncomplete Mon 14-Oct-13 21:45:15

I saw the programme title and thought 'here we go again'

I am sick of these types of programmes.

Where are all the programmes about the tax evaders? Now that is something that would be worth watching.

GobbySadcase Mon 14-Oct-13 21:49:34

As I said on the other thread, which mysteriously stopped in its tracks:

"More propaganda.

Over 11,000 people found 'fit for work' have died in the past two years whilst some masturbate over 'getting rid of scroungers'.

Makes me sick. Programmes like this increase the hatred towards my family and actively makes my life harder as a carer.

So enjoy, won't you? Knowing that your 'entertainment' is making life miserable for thousands of carers like me who save the taxpayer billions of pounds a year?"


"But OP don't you see it doesn't matter what YOU think is 'Deserving', the government blithely say their benefit cuts don't affect disabled families so get voter approval. It's lies, of course.

1. Cut in disabled child premium of tax credits
2. 1% increases on income support (carers don't get enough to live on so have to claim)
3. Bedroom tax
4. Council tax benefit"

Maybe the tide is turning and the hate against families like mine will ease? Not with this shite on our screens, though.

megab Mon 14-Oct-13 21:50:27

It's pure propaganda, they always focus on the worst cases of people on benefits. When in reality, most people claiming benefits are actually in work, struggling to get by. This kind of docuganda just reinforces Tory policies of demonising the poorest in our society, makes my blood boil! Yes there are some lazy people, but not everyone on benefits is the same. The British Red Cross announced today that they will be providing food packages to the needy in Britain, they haven't done that since World War 2. What does that tell you about this country

Shakey1500 Mon 14-Oct-13 21:53:40

Before I get flamed, can I just say that yes, I agree that this type of programme is appalling programme making, that it detracts from claimants who are in need for whatever reason and grossly stereotypes.

But (there it is)...whilst I know that the people portrayed are in the minority, there to be a fair few of them filmed on an array of similar programmes no? What happens after the programme is aired? Does the benefits system give them a review etc?

GobbySadcase Mon 14-Oct-13 21:54:39

0.7% of claimants - it's so skewed filming a minority

holidaysarenice Mon 14-Oct-13 21:59:34

I always wondered what happened to these families after the show too!?

GobbySadcase Mon 14-Oct-13 22:02:21

Remember Lizzie Bardsley?
She got prosecuted...

scarlettsmummy2 Mon 14-Oct-13 22:03:38

Ok- look at the single parent with ten plus kids. What should she do? What job? How does she pay for childcare? Bearing in mind that she has probably next to no employment skills?

Trigglesx Mon 14-Oct-13 22:18:58

Good grief, it's like they search out the most horrible they can find, then set about painting everyone with the same brush. Stereotype hell.

bordellosboheme Mon 14-Oct-13 22:23:14

But really 900 quid a week for having 11 kids and sitting at home. That can't be fair to people who struggle and work (the working poor). I'm a university lecturer with a phd living in a too small house they were pissed off with those large, cavernous houses they were given. Britain is broken IMHO

HungryGeorge Mon 14-Oct-13 22:23:16

haven't seen the programme but I did read somewhere that they had used actors to portray the claimants featured. wish I could find the link again but it's gawn cos I cleared my history sad

xuntitledx Mon 14-Oct-13 22:26:46

Agree bordello - it wouldn't be too bad if the children were well turned out, house clean, education taking place etc etc but they don't appear to be looking after the children...which is apparently what they should be doing as they're unable to work.

pigletmania Mon 14-Oct-13 22:36:34

That woman wants £500 per week left over after she as paid bills and food, get into the real wrld woman. Yes they do pick the bad uns

xuntitledx Mon 14-Oct-13 22:42:13

Exactly piglet - so she won't work for anything less than £50-60K p/year.

These people need to get real - thick as pig shit and could barely string a sentence together. Who does she think is going to employ her? She'd be lucky to be considered for McDonalds (no offence meant to any McDonalds employee!)

Sleepyhoglet Mon 14-Oct-13 22:45:25

Sad their lifestyles though. Obsession with tattoos and sky tv.

anon2013 Mon 14-Oct-13 22:46:25

Watching it now angry angry angry angry angry

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