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Channel 4's Benefits Street: The reaction
07 January 2014 12:45 PM
A Channel 4 documentary sparked controversy again last night with the premiere of Benefits Street.
The show chronicles the life of residents of James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham, where a large proportion of the residents are on benefits.
Yesterday, some of the residents involved in the series alleged that Channel 4 had misrepresented them, having been told the documentary would highlight community spirit when really it portrayed them as benefit scroungers.
Many people took to Twitter to express their anger at the portrayal of society’s most vulnerable.
#benefitsstreet I am working class, a straight A student who is also disabled. I have to claim JSA because there's NO JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE!Chloé Francis (@ChloeFrancis666) January 7, 2014
When I watched #benefitsstreet I didn't see 'scroungers'. I saw down on their luck people forming an incredible community against the odds.Dredel Devenish (@symphonydog) January 7, 2014
Others, however, vented their rage at what they saw as almost an entire street sponging off the state. As well as threats and abuse, responses included:
I watched Benefits Street. Are the left really defending the drug addict / selling repeat shoplifters, who refuse to look after their kids?Gareth (@grrrth) January 7, 2014
You cannot say that you're struggling on £50 a week with a widescreen TV in the background! #benefitsstreetEmma Edwards (@EmmaEdwards2192) January 7, 2014
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