Banners attacking the decision to film the new series of Benefits Street on Teesside were flown at the weekend’s Middlesbrough match.
Two were on display at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday – slamming the decision to film the Channel 4 show on Kingston Road at Tilery, Stockton.
One banner read “Being poor is not entertainment” while the other said “f*** Benefit Street”.
The Boro supporters group, Red Faction are the group behind the banners, and have spoken about why they took the step to take them to the Middlesborough vs Reading game.
“I was hoping it would catch people’s eye at the match and help raise awareness,” said group member Steve Fletcher, 27.
“I don’t think the show will paint Teesside in a particularly good light. It is trivialising a serious social issue.
“Shows like this demonise working class people. They need help not mocking.”
“I am a proud Teessider,” added Steve, a telephone engineer. “I am proud of where I come from and don’t think this show should be filmed here.”
Filming of the second series of the hugely controversial TV show Benefits Street is under way in Stockton.
Source – Daily Mirror, 03 Sept 2014