Twitter was weird last night between 9 and 11pm. At first I thought that there has been some sort of creepy biological warfare incident a la 28 Days Later with half of Twitter being infected with ‘Rage’. Then I figured that improbable. Next I considered that The Daily Mail was pioneering a new columnist interviewing technique where people tweeted out their ‘style’ using the hashtag #skint. Let me give you a little taster of what led me to think this shall we?
Soooo Skint in a programme currently airing on Channel 4, it’s a “Provocative and revealing documentary stories of how people survive without work” in Scunthorpe according to Channel 4 and people have dividing opinions on it. You can read about night’s episode here but here’s my quick summary of the main two stories from the episode which caused the most controversy and how two sides of Twitter reacted…
A 16 year old girl, who was kicked out of home at 14 and gave birth at 15 to a baby which Social Services took straight into care has been homeless and now lives in a house inhabited mainly by crack users, she does not use crack herself. The episode saw the build up to her attending court to find out if there’s ever a chance she’ll be reunited with her daughter again.
Twitter Rage: Much anger from people saying how she shouldn’t have her baby back and focusing on how terrible it would be for a baby to live in a house where people use crack. Some dood went off on a tangent about the girl giving a piece of chocolate to her dog.
Twitter Love: The girl was just 16 and she had already been homeless. Questions of why many people were outraged that a baby could possibly be given to mother and yet no outrage over how at 14 years old the girl had been kicked out from home and been living rough and is now in the crack den. It matters not what your circumstances are – being separated from your baby at birth is exceptionally hard – especailly when you are a child yourself.
There was a 21 year old who has 5 children, I’m not sure why the fact that those children are by 3 different fathers needed to be a focal factor but it was. Her, her partner and her 5 kids were receiving £1600 of benefits a month, most of which were being removed from her so she went to a Christian charity for help.
Twitter Rage: They had a very big tv, and a games console and yes, the dad wore a dino onesie. The mother went to a Christian Charity to ask for food – apparently she should of sold her tv. Many references to how the womans vagina must be like a bucket and how she is a tramp. As you can see in the top image @Mart_Thompson isn’t keen on them having tattoos – nothing makes one more ashamed to be British than tattoos yes? No.
Twitter Love: Maybe the tv was being bought on credit – from some shockingly high-interest-rated loan. Maybe it had been gifted to them. Onesies do not monsters make. Concerns that food bank donations would decrease off the back of the programme. THEY ARE JUST TATTOOS
And then it happened… It appears that *allegedly* Ian Watkins aka H from Steps joined in… at least it looks like him to me… for reasons of a sueing my arse nature though I must state now that OBVIOUSLY I’m not 100% that he is who he claims to be – for all I know Jeremy Clarkson may have hacked his account… [Read more...]