Once a year comes an award ceremony that is actually beneficial to society. One that cares not for red carpets, floor length dresses and even longer waffled speeches but is working to improve the world we live in – one trash piece of journalism at a time.
#TheTrashies hopes to facilitate discussions on how minorities are portrayed in the press, and how newspapers from Left to Right can do better!
Nominate articles to critique racist, Islamophobic & xenophobic reporting and columnism in the mainstream media pic.twitter.com/vRDrpK8WIr
— The Trashies (@TheTrashiesUK) 18 October 2018
The Trashies is the journalistic equivalent of the Hollywood Razzies, a mock award honouring the worst in cinema. Unlike the Razzies, however, those awarded a Trashy are not to be pitied or dismissed, instead we should consider them and their work extremely dangerous. Set up by online News platform Media Diversified, the aim of the Trashies is to critique all the racist, islamophobic, transphobic and xenophobic news coverage that circulates in the UK mainstream media.
The awards have been running since 2015 and consistent nominees include Katie Hopkins, Boris Johnson and even entire news organisations like the Daily Mail. In the words of the award’s founders: “The Trashies are back to counter the boiled chicken takes, in news rooms so white and mail they should come with a health warning for minorities and women”.
I for one, have never been more ready! This year has seen countless racially insensitive and overtly bigoted views plastered all over our front pages. This kind of journalism disenfranchises whole sections of our society from the media and by calling it out with something like the Trashies, we begin to put pressure on those who control the national dialogue.
Nominations for this year’s awards are now closed but you can take a look at some of the Trashy worthy journalism below:
— maajid bakwaas (@MaajidBakwaas) October 28, 2018
— Samar @TheMJAP (@TheMJAP) October 29, 2018
— Media Diversified (@WritersofColour) October 29, 2018
— Cassie Graves MBPsS (@MsCGraves) October 29, 2018
@writersofcolour #thetrashies nominations – the BBC for broadcasting Powell’s Rivers of Blood speech deserve a special award https://t.co/kMwFTvBeQA & Sarah Vine for getting her dog whistle out to share her ‘niggling’ worries https://t.co/wRnPiSuIt3
— Bea H (@bhiggi) October 29, 2018
For more on the Trashies, visit https://mediadiversified.org/
Words: Memuna Konteh | Subbing: Maria Campuzano
Photo credit: Jon Person via Flickr