18:24 Tuesday 11 February 2014

Undateables video creates a stir online

Written bySARAH BOULD

04/02/14 Joe Bird and Ryan Ellis have made a song - Burton, BurtonRyan Ellis Joe Bird have made a song about Channel Four show The Undateables. It has received more than 2,500 hits on YouTube in a couple of days. 04/02/14 Joe Bird and Ryan Ellis have made a song - Burton, BurtonRyan Ellis Joe Bird have made a song about Channel Four show The Undateables. It has received more than 2,500 hits on YouTube in a couple of days.

A VIDEO created by two musicians from Burton caused a debate on social networking site Facebook.

Producer Joe Bird and rapper Ryan Ellis made the song and video ‘Dear Channel Four #undateables’ in protest at the programme which shows people with learning difficulties on dates.

The video has now had more than 7,700 hits on YouTube in a just over a week and the issue attracted a high number of comments on Facebook.

Karl Frost said: “The Undateables is such a sweet show, that doesn’t make fun of or exploit anyone. It’s handled with a level of sensitivity that if anything, anyone who has watched it probably has more empathy now for sufferers of the particular issue.”

Mandie Mott, however, agreed with the song’s message. She said her disabled daughter was upset after seeing the programme and asked whether it meant people would be laughing at her.

One person even asked for the video to be removed.

Joe, who has cerebral palsy, called the show ‘exploitation for the purposes of entertainment’.

Channel Four defended the show and said all the contributors were happy with it.

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