The always excellent Jack Monroe gives advice to anyone thinking of applying to the reality TV show Britain's Hardest Grafter.
The tagline alone, 'Benefits Street meets The Hunger Games' should make anyone think twice.
Monroe, who's experienced more than her fair share of backlash for essentially writing affordable recipes, paints a very bleak picture indeed. An essential and powerful read.
The media will trawl through your social networks and dig up and store any photographs they can find as evidence to fit the ‘character’ they will invent for you. Take my advice and remove completely any pictures of you with a beer in your hand, and DEFINITELY any champagne bottles or glasses. It doesn’t matter to the picture desk whether that’s a Cava from Lidl, they will paint you as a champagne-quaffer at the taxpayers expense. Ditto any photos of you with a fag in your hand (or worse), any party pictures, foreign holidays, shit even any pictures of that Devon caravan park where the weather was good because a little PhotoShop and they can legitimately accuse you of living it up on holiday. It doesn’t matter how private you think those photos are