An open letter to Graham Stanier - the Director of Aftercare on the Jeremy Kyle Show, asking how he reconciles who and what he claims to be with the disgusting anti-working class bear baiting that he participates in and profits from?
Graham, I am given to understand that you are a mental health nurse registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, a qualified Psychotherapist, and a member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.
In your capacity as Director of Aftercare on the Jeremy Kyle show I wish to draw your attention to the following two documents. No doubt you are well versed with the content of both
NMC The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives
BACP Standards of Conduct, Performance, and Ethics
I am interested to know how you think your role on the Jeremy Kyle fits within the codes of practice that presumably to claim to work within. As a qualified and experienced healthcare professional surely your first thoughts should be the welfare of people you work with?
If you have watched one episode of Jeremy Kyle (if you can manage a whole one) then you have watched them all. The same core themes are apparent day in day out. It appears that the central idea of the programme is the ridicule and vilification of working class people by a puffed up tory faced public school boy who takes the piss out of his guest’s appearance, accent, intellect, relationships, sexual histories, and employment status. Particular venom is saved for women who may have had the audacity to have more than one sexual partner during their lifetime, and for people who have claimed benefits. Is it any wonder that prejudice towards people who have fallen on hard times, lost their jobs, or have a disability is on the rise when people like Jeremy Kyle continues to espouse his hatred towards them?
What particularly sticks in my craw is Jeremy Kyle’s attitudes towards people with several children who are struggling to make ends meet. He often makes reference to how things were difficult for his parents, how they struggled, but how they managed bringing up three children. What the slug forgets to mention is how his father was the Queen Mother’s personal secretary, and not exactly short of a few quid. I am sure you would agree that it is not exactly the same as bringing up three children on a run-down estate in Burnley with no money or prospects of work.
How many people with clear mental health problems, substance misuse issues, or openly intoxicated, has Jeremy Kyle screamed at and ridiculed, and chased of stage in floods of tears, whilst you just stand by and watch?
Graham, how can you be part of this, how can you let it happen, how can you stand next to a man who is screaming in the face of people who are distressed? Where is your professionalism? Where are your codes of conduct? Where is your basic humanity? How can you be part of exploiting vulnerable people just to make a few quid and boost viewing figures? What kind of man are you?
I know all about Jeremy Kyle - he is just a vile public school toff with a hatred of ordinary working class people, so I wouldn’t expect anything else. However, what about you? I thought you are supposed to be caring, a nurse, a therapist? What happened? Has the lure of a six figure income from ITV and your counselling practice changed how you view people?
I would be interested to hear how you reconcile who and what you claim to be with the disgusting anti-working class bear baiting that you participate in and profit from?
Should you wish to forward Graham this letter you can do so on twitter at @GrahamStanier1 or via email at http://www.grahamstanier.com/backstage-therapy/contact/