'X Factor' judges laugh at the mentally deficient, says Joey Barton
Published Jun 13 2012, 12:10 BST | By Mayer Nissim Joey Barton
has accused The X Factor
and other reality talent shows of exploiting human souls.
The controversial footballer, who was banned for 12 matches after being sent off in the final game of QPR's season, made the comments in his regular column for The Big Issue
earlier this month.
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"The X Factor
turns out, in the end, to be a show for really talented people, giving them the chance to rise to stardom from humble beginnings," Barton said.
"But it comes at the expense of making someone else incredibly rich - and the carnage of the contestants' private lives being dragged on to the public agenda to sell the show."
He continued: "I find myself cringing at the beginning of the show's auditioning format - which they're filming now.
"You get people who are clearly mentally deficient being openly laughed at by the judges and the viewing public. How long before one of these contestants turns up bearing a grudge, seeking revenge?"
Barton added: "And there are countless shows like this. From I'm a Celebrity... (or used to be, anyway) Get Me Out of Here
to Britain's Got (not a lot of) Talent
. I am not blaming any one show in particular. I just think they send the wrong message to the youth of today.
"While I feel such shows do create opportunities, in my opinion they're the wrong sort. They exploit, they feed corporate greed, they churn up and consume human souls on a ridiculous scale, year on year.
"For every success, countless more suffer heartache, public intrusion into their lives and ridicule. All apparently justifiable in the search for fame and fortune."
Joey Barton has a weekly column in The Big Issue
. The magazine is sold by homeless and vulnerably-housed vendors for £2.50, with £1.25 of the cover price going directly to the vendor.
Barton has previously dismissed the cast of The Only Way Is Essex as "freaks"
and called the stars of Desperate Scousewives "disgusting human beings"
He also called the BRIT Awards a "giant pile of s**te"
and called Gary Lineker an "odious little toad"