American Kids Sneering at the Homeless with Selfies – Beastrabban\’s Weblog

The Beast has responded to VP‘s article of yesterday with the following:

In fact, this kind of stupid exploitation of the poor for cruel laughs has been going on for a decade or more. I’d say it began with a set of videos called Bumfights. This was made by a rich, White kid, who would find vagrants and then make them perform degrading stunts and acts for trivial amounts of money. It was called Bumfights, because he’d get them to fight each other, in return for which he’d buy them a burger. In one case, he got one poor unfortunate to pull out a tooth with a pair of pliers. The video was heavily condemned, but it does seem to reflect the attitude of the vain, pointless and materialistic young, attitudes that have been fostered by decades of Neo-Liberal, Thatcherite propaganda.

Mike’s absolutely right in that sociologists have noted that we are less generous as a society towards the poor and unemployed. Jaynelinney in her blog has pointed to similar academic studies showing that people are more intolerant towards the disabled, and that abuse and violence towards them has risen in line with these attitudes.

It’s Yuppie values, the sneering attitude of the type of people Harry Enfield sent up with the character Loadsamoney. And there were and are people exactly like it.

For his personal experience of these creeps, visit Beastrabban\’s Weblog.

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5 thoughts on “American Kids Sneering at the Homeless with Selfies – Beastrabban\’s Weblog

  1. Robert Fillies

    When it comes to attitudes toward the disadvantaged this is the result of the type of policies pursued by our own callous government,no doubt some thoughtless idiots somewhere will do the same here.

  2. Landless Peasant

    It’s being going on for years. An homeless vulnerable man was beaten to death for laughs in Keighley a few years back, the culprit got 4 years, and I seem to recall his girlfriend who filmed the incident on her phone also got a very lenient sentence.

  3. Landless Peasant

    In fact I was humiliated and belittled by youths whilst on New Deal about 6 or 7 yrs ago. They tossed coins on to the pavement in front of me to watch me pick them up.

  4. philipburdekin

    Life is difficult enough as it is without these so called humans having a go at us sick and disabled and others who are less fortunate.

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