Argh!!!!!! Poor people!!!!!!
We thought it a bit strange that some Romanians might object to a television series that portrayed Romanians as, erm, hard working, entrepreneurial and prepared to make great sacrifices in order to carve out a better life for themselves.
It is now increasingly obvious that the real problem some Romanians have with the Channel 4 series The Romanians are Coming is not that the programme portrays hard-working Romanians, but that it portrays the wrong hard-working Romanians.
Episode one, after all, featured three members of what the offendotrons would no doubt describe as ‘the lower orders’. Imagine that! Imagine British viewers discovering that Romania has working class people.
It appears that what the professionally offended snobs think Channel 4 should be concentrating on are not, in fact, the genuinely heart-warming stories of people leaving often dire poverty to take any job they can get so as to offer their families a better life, but instead the equally heart-warming stories of wealthy Romanian lawyers, brokers and bankers being headhunted by City of London firms.
After all, who wouldn’t shed a tear at the sight of a top PR executive being forced to leave her Corbeanca villa for an Isle of Dogs penthouse with river views? It would make for highly emotional television.
Take a look at this rather revealing Facebook post by a student at posh Goldsmiths: ‘We will present some of our Romanian professionals, artists and students working and living in London.’ Poor people clearly need not apply.
We also hear that instructions for those wishing to attend yesterday’s half-arsed protest outside Channel 4’s offices specifically requested that they dress ‘business-like.’ No, we are not making this up.
In fact, it actually reminded us of when we attended a protest against the introduction of student tuition fees back in 1996, organised outside parliament by the Socialist Workers Party*. We turned up straight from a bout of post-lecture shopping and got some funny looks as we stood there chanting anti-student poverty slogans while holding a large Benetton bag full of new, colourful clothes. It was at that moment we realised that we were probably not really cut out for front-line left-wing politics.
Anyway, this whole palaver has at least confirmed one thing: Romania’s middle class has evolved enough over these past 25 years that it can now stick its head as far up its own arse as the middle class in any other country.
That’s progress of sorts, but please: the next time anyone shouts ‘discrimination’ at a television station, they should check their own prejudices first.
*No, we were never members. Trotskyist bourgeois-social fascist splitters.