Hey I am quite aware it is not the politics of the story line that annoys you... [the emergence of a political ideology has annoyed me though] but many have focussed on that particular trait in this episode as a rationalisation for not liking her. I know it might be the manifestation of other things BUT you cannot deny the overwhelming theme of this thread. Most people have mentioned her signing on, whining, wanting money for nothing et al. Chapman even called it "Daisy Scrounger"
It's the fact that she doesn't even pretend to make an effort to support herself until she's forced to, when she is very resentful of the fact. Her attitude seems to be that she deserves to be supported by everyone else while contributing nothing in return. Not everyone signing on has this attitude - I'm sure very few do - but I don't think it's hardcore right-wing ideology to disagree with those who do have it.
Well, to be honest, the fact that you've even considered it an issue to be discussed, or that it's sort of annoyed you whilst watching it is
reflective of a certain social attitude - forgive me if I am wrong, I have never met you, but only "know" you through your posts, but the fact remains, that this post is
ideologically driven. I do think she deserves to be supported, that's the idea of the welfare state + to return to the comedy aspect
for a minute
I think she is very funny whilst whining. It is her tactic to get "some money"..."you've always given me money before" I genuinely think it's a very funny representation. But yes, the welfare state is there as the safety net - we all know that - what I think Simon and Jess do really really well is highlight the difficulties and differences of the 90's and early 21st century "writers" "Creatives" etc have compared to previous decades. In that, loads of people used to use the Benefit system as a "creatives credit account" or something similar. I do think they highlight that really well, and in quite a funny way.
Also...one more thing. I said the job of right wing ideology is done! I stand by that, it has become the "norm" and as such, entered the mainstream. Now it is barely considered harsh to blame the unemployed for their status. Everyone assumes it to be OK to blame the scrounger. That is annoying.
I am quite sure this is being taken far too seriously [particularly by me...it's my one true gift
to get too serious in a comedy forum....well not only gift but I do it quite consistently.] Anyway, I'll shut up...I was just struck by the fact that it was even considered worthy of comment that she might be a scrounger. I just never even considered it...and I hate the word.
I hereby apologise to everyone if I look silly for taking it so seriously
[Edit] post post...just read the replies. See I knew it, I knew I was taking it too seriously. And Pots, Hi there, nice to "see" you. In your second paragraph you've highlighted what I meant! And to me, it is the residue of Thatcherism...it really is!