Cruel Britannia: how banter became a humiliation game | Oscar Rickett

If vulnerable people are being targeted for the sake of a selfie, it’s a symptom of a deeper sickness

It hasn’t been a good 24 hours for British banter merchants. Two incidents reported yesterday demonstrated that if you thought acts committed in the almighty name of bantz couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. Having hit rock bottom, banter has found a trapdoor in the floor, opened it up and dived in.

In Benidorm a group of British tourists on a stag party allegedly paid a homeless man €100 to have the name of the stag tattooed on his face. Pictures of Tomek, a 34-year-old Pole, were put up on social media and then taken down following an outcry. The man whose name appears in the pictures to have been tattooed on Tomek’s forehead says the story has been misreported.

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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