Monday, September 26, 2016

Poverty Porn ‘Struggle Street’ Denied Permit in Brisbane; Mayor Has Doubts on SBS Show

Poverty Porn ‘Struggle Street’ Denied Permit in Brisbane; Mayor Has Doubts on SBS Show

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“Struggle Street” is currently struggling to find a suburb to feature in Australia for their second season. The SBS show wants to shoot in Inala in Brisbane to broadcast the happenings. However, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is not having any of it.

“Struggle Street” covers the lives of those from Australia’s most disadvantaged households. The first season focused on Mount Druitt. However, the pre-release marketing already resulted in a furore of sorts. Residents of the suburb felt that some of the participants were portrayed poorly.

Even the mayor of Blacktown, Stephen Bali, revealed that he was shocked by what he saw, states ABC News. “What I saw wasn’t a documentary, it was simply publicly-funded poverty porn,” he wrote in a change.org petition to delay the broadcast.

“Struggle Street” now wanted to set its cameras in Inala, Brisbane. However, the mayor is not impressed. Lord Mayor Quirk denied the producers the permit to shoot. He is not happy with the manner in which the disadvantaged were represented in the first season. He is also afraid that the programme will do more damage than good to Inala’s reputation, states News.com.au.

Inala might be a low socio-economic area. However, its residents are a proud people, informs another ABC News report. “I don’t think anyone in Queensland wants an SBS crew coming into their suburb regardless of where they live and picking out the negatives and sensationalising it,” said Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. She is also an MP for Inala.

“I wanted to say from the outset that I have absolutely no problem with the highlighting of the issues of social and economic disadvantage in Australia,” said Councillor Quirk.

“However, having observed the way in which Mount Druitt’s reputation was damaged in the so-called name of ‘shining a light on social and economical disadvantage,’ I have come to the view that I will not co-operate with the process and production of a film that could similarly cause damage to the reputation both to the suburb and to the people of Inala,” he added.