Skip to main content

TV Review: Class Dismissed, BBC 2

The BBC makes jokes about the class system in Britain.

Yesterday evening BBC2 aired the programme Class Dismissed, a one off comedy panel hosted by Frank Skinner discussing if the class system is still prevalent in Britain.
The comedian guest panel saw Mickey Flanagan, Roisin Conaty and Miles Jupp ridicule working class celebrities, perform joke skits and basically take the piss (excuse my French) out of a serious issue!

Between reading Owen Jones' book (Chav: The Demonization Of The Working Class) and watching this BBC offering, I really do not understand why the middle class are so quick at dismissing classism as a urban myth?
It's made clear to me every time I see the likes of David Cameron and other Conservative MP's on the TV that we are worlds apart, only differences being that I'm more conscious of the lifestyle they are exposed to, where as they are absolutely clueless as to how the other half live!
If that wasn't enough proof I need only visit any UK city to see the divide in living and cultural conditions between the working and middle classes.

London provides endless examples of the class divide, take west London it is the only area in London I know of that has at the end of a multi million pound housed street a dodgy council run estate. And considering it’s highly unlikely that these middle class residents invite their neighbours from the estates for BBQ's in summer I would say confidently that class still hold cultural value in Britain (and else where).

The only point raised in the entire 30 minute show that I found of some interest was made by Conaty who said that interracial relationships were more common then interclass relationships. A very interesting point since I'm sure many of us will know of at least one of our friends (or friends of friends) that are in an interracial relationship but may struggle to name a person who has even dated outside their class.
Though being a comedy show instead of a serious debate, this point was not explored seriously, instead it was followed with a skit of Conaty on a disastrous first date with a middle class man!

Another interesting thing to emerge for the programme was that some of the audience identified themselves as higher or lower distinctions of the current classes, i.e. lower middle class or upper working class.

Apart from that I found the programme to be quite distasteful, class like race and sexism is a serious issue that continues to affect the lives of many in Britain.  The shows concept seemed nothing more than a blatant attack of our senses, by our middle class media to belittle and demean those socially disadvantaged by making them once again the butt of their jokes.

Useful Links:
Class Dismissed,

Recommend Read:
Chav: The Demonization Of The Working Class, Owen Jones


Popular posts from this blog

Music Review: The Weeknd Trilogy

Rarely do I buy new music these days, with it being even more of a rarity that I buy music from male artists. Reason being that I just can not stomach the lies and hypocrisy commercially viable male solo artists spin with their predictable music and unoriginal public image clashing fiercely with the reality of their private lives.

With music today being so limited in the topics sung about and (in making myself sound old - which I'm not) the lack of experience, soul and true artistry in today's predominately young artists, I was surprised and delight to find out about Canadian singer The Weeknd. I'm told that this artist has actually been around for a while, though it is only now that The Weeknd's music is reaching commercial heights with the song Wicked Games played regularly on the radio. While I have liked the song since hearing it, it wasn't until I had seen its music video that I really became interested in what this young male solo artist has to offer.


Rise Of The Beta Male

Interesting article in last week’s Shortlist discussing the demise of the 'Alpha' male and rise of the 'Beta' male.
In a nutshell, the article was discussing recent culture changes in male behaviour and attitudes which has contributed to the emergence of the Beta male.
Beta males are smart sensitivity men who invest in their appearance, they are said to have turned their backs on the old Alpha male ways of male domination, aggression and exploitation, instead they embody intelligence, charisma and are liberal thinking. According to the article beta males are changing the way we do business!

I was pleased to see that the article had made a connection with this new male attitude and behaviour to the adaption (for the better) to the feminist movement and the study's of masculinity, since the process of women demanding and slowly achieving gender equality has encouraged many men to relieve themselves of the emotional castration once promoted as the alpha male image of…

Book Review: We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity

We Real Cool take's a deep look at black masculinity and offers up a fantastic critical analyst of the pros and cons of being a black male in the US.
Hooks acknowledges early in the book that as a female her view point on this subject maybe subjective, though We Real Cool is written with much intellect and heart. It is with great passion for her black males that Hooks writes with, saying that the lack of critical writings on the subject by black males was the catalysis for why she wrote the book.

The book is a real eye opener on the issues and daily assault out black males face and easily related to black males in the UK. Hooks dicusses black male incarceration, Hip-Hop & gang culture, black male misogyny and absentee fatherhood. As a female reader the book spoke volumes to me, and in usual fashion Hooks drew from her personal experiences and relationships with black males when writting the book. This not only helped draw parallels between the black males in my life (i.e. fat…