Has anyone actually watched this show. I'm finding it quite fascinating and not bc it's car crash tv (whereupon u can't look away) but I find the vitriol and 'controversy' about it the real issues here fascinating. I find the portrayals quite realistic and similar to ghettos in every country in the world. The invisible child series by the New York Times comes to mind and there was zero controversy about that. I think every British citizen does need to watch it. Seems like they want to sweep it under the rug as trash tv instead of examining what is actually going on in their 'welfare state'. It's interesting that they are blaming the poor for being the poor instead of blaming the govt, failing economic policies, politicians, unequal laws, lack of jobs, high taxation, wealthy banksters, payday loan sharks etc etc. But perhaps that's the way of the world, we blame the poor for being poor so we don't have to examine ourselves.
Here's some reviewshttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/tv-and-radio-reviews/10569408/Benefits-Street-episode-2-Channel-4-review.html
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