Jack Monroe expertly takes down a new ‘poverty tourism’ show featuring the daughter of a millionaire Tory peer

Jack Monroe (left) Michelle Mone and daughter Bethany (right)
Support us and go ad-free

Jack Monroe has expertly taken down a new ‘poverty tourism’ show featuring daughter of millionaire Tory peer Michelle Mone.

Monroe branded the whole thing “nonsense”:

Born Famous

The new Channel 4 programme will feature the daughter of millionaire Tory peer Michelle Mone.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

Bethany Mone will star in the new show Born Famous in order to ‘confront’ her “feelings of privilege”. She’ll stay with a family in Bridgeton, Glasgow – where her mother grew up.

According to the Daily Record, research shows that Bridgeton is one of the poorest areas in Europe:

A child born in the area is three times more likely to suffer heart disease, four times more likely to be hospitalised and 10 times more likely to grow up in a jobless household than a child in Glasgow’s prosperous western suburbs

Michelle Mone, who came from nothing to an estimated net worth of £20m, voted for tax credit cuts in 2015. The cuts subsequently thrust some of the poorest people in the country even further into poverty.

Monroe’s experience

Monroe is a best-selling author and “actual expert in food, poverty and food banks”. They slammed the show, and shared their in-depth article on everything that’s wrong with such exploitive programmes. After relating a powerful personal account of living in poverty with an infant son, Monroe wrote:

Slipping into our scarred and malnourished skins for a day, knowing full well you are heading back to your mansion at the end of it, stuffed to the gills with all the freebies and luxury that most people can only dream of, is insulting, and cruel.

Hundreds of people agreed with Monroe, echoing frustration at the compassionless and exploitative programme:

https://twitter.com/that_jodi/status/1029462063775707137

Some are infuriated that Mone will profit from the misery her mother voted for:

Heartless vanity

As Monroe puts it:

Austerity is killing us in our thousands, and it is not a hunger game for the privileged to opt into for a day so they can pretend to have an insight.

Austerity and poverty have fatal consequences, and the depths of suffering and misery cannot be realised within a day or a week or a month of an “ego boosting challenge“.

To many, the programme will come across as another vain publicity stunt – one that will do nothing to help the millions who have to actually live in poverty day in day out thanks to Conservative austerity.

Get Involved!

Contact your local MP telling them to stop and scrap Universal Credit.

Support the Living Wage campaign.

Read more by Jack Monroe.

Featured image via YouTube/YouTube

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed