Danny Dyer has been hailed as the voice of reason after fans unearthed comments he had made about people on benefits.
The EastEnders’ star was trending on Twitter after fans began sharing comments he had made in his 2015 book The World According To Danny Dyer: Life Lessons from the East End, saying the reason people are on benefits is that some jobs do not pay them enough to live.
The quote reads: ‘People bang on about benefits culture, all that. There are p**s-takers, no one doubts that.
‘But I know plenty of people on benefits who work hard – it’s just they don’t get paid enough to cover the basics of life.
‘Now you can say, “Get off you’re a**e and get a better job.” All right, say everyone does that. Who’s gonna actually do the s**tty jobs then?
‘If you’re working forty hours a week and you can’t cover your bills, that ain’t your fault. It’s the fault of the slags paying you.’
He added that if people need to claim benefits as well as working they should go ahead and claim them and not feel guilty because ‘it’s not you who is getting the benefit anyway, it’s your employer.
‘They pay you s**t and expect the state to pick up the rest of the tab.’
Clearly striking a chord in the current coronavirus pandemic which has seen many people’s jobs affected by cuts or furlough, Twitter users began circulating the quotes in their thousands.
One tweeted: ‘If someone had said to me in January that the 3 voices of reason for 2020 would be Piers Morgan, Marcus Rashford and Danny Dyer I’d have laughed at them.’
Others added: ‘Danny Dyer spot on again’ and ‘Danny Dyer is quickly becoming one of my favourite people, this is spot on.’
Even those who haven’t agreed with Danny in the past were sharing the quotes, writing: ‘Never thought I’d agree with Danny Dyer about anything but this says it all really’.
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