Malcolm Armsteen wrote:
If she annoys people so much, why do they watch the programme?
Same reason I read the Mail, I guess. I like being annoyed.
It presents a harmful message because she manages to get people into work with seemingly no effort, making it look as though all unemployed people just aren't trying hard enough. She confirms this viewpoint by ensuring that she ends up coaching a load of ne'er-do-wellers who have never worked but still think they're too good to flip burgers or work behind a till. For example, in the most recent episode, there's a glowering little madam who has never worked but says she won't "stoop herself" to working in McDonalds. There's a dude with a cannabis leaf (poorly) tattooed on his fucking NECK who can't turn up on time for anything. Last week, there was this girl who cried every single time the camera was on her. The week before that, there was a bloke saying that asking him to get a job in anything other than security infringed on his human rights (apparently it's "Thatcher's fault for taking the milk off the kiddies").
I guess it annoys me for two reasons: on one level, I find myself shouting "COME ON, WE'RE NOT ALL LIKE THAT!" at the screen and getting angry at the "See? The unemployed are just lazy, feckless scroungers, all they need is a kick up the arse" message. On the other hand, some of the people they have on there annoy me just as much, partly because they ARE the whiny, entitled, idle twerps that people think of when they think "Unemployed". And that makes my inner outraged DM reader bubble to the surface and I hate myself for it.
Plus, I'm sick of that woman's collection of neck bows. She looks like a bulldog that's been dolled up for a dog show.