.- Various organizations in Spain have strongly criticized a proposal by Antena 3 Television to launch a reality show in which celebrities dress and act as beggars. The groups remark that the program would offend the dignity of those who have no choice but to beg and are struggling due to the global economic crisis.
Among other organizations, Caritas, The European Network for the Struggle Against Poverty, and The Federation of Organizations and Centers for the Integration and Assistance of the Marginalized have rejected the airing of the show âCelebrities and Beggars,â in which celebrities pretend to be homeless for the mere purpose of âmaking a spectacle of the reality of social exclusion.â
The showâs producer, Zeppelin, argued that the aim of the program is âto show how hard day-to-day life is on the streetsâ and to show âhow unnoticed the homeless become.â However, critics said, such intentions, no matter how âhumanitarianâ they appear to be, have no relevance since the program is a reality show âin which individuals lose their dignity.â
The organizations said that the program offers a âmedia spectacle about a traumatic social reality that affects many people who have had very painful personal experiences.â They âdeserve from everyone, especially the media, the maximum respect for their integrity, dignity and privacy.â