Bits and Bobs

So a new joint in Belfast has just opened today – Slums.

Not only is their name unappealing, their tagline “Street food brought to life” suggests that the owners and whoever came up with the concept don’t know what slums actually are.

I mean, really? Slums? I’ve been to slums in Thailand and I’m doubt anyone would want to eat what people living there have to do with for sustenance.

Moreover, the socially conscious part of me finds it questionable, if not outright wrong, to seek to financially profit from poverty porn. Slums has tweeted using the hashtag #slummingit; whether they realise it or not, it simply sounds like they are making a joke out of being poor, or that they’re trying to seem trendy by pretending to be poor. Neither is funny, nor is it fair to those who actually have to live in slums because…

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