Britain’s top homelessness magazine after sellers called it a “bad, ironic joke”
that could fuel more alcoholic stereotyping.
Big Issue’s homeless street sellers wearing the wine’s logo on new red
recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.
suffer enough in Bath as it is without stereotyping homeless people as drug
addicts or drinkers, when we’re not. Now we are going to be walking around with
wine adverts which is going to make everybody think we’re alcoholics.”
Bristol, said: “It’s disgusting because most of us vendors are either drug
addicts or alcoholics. It’s like some bad, ironic joke.”
they were showing support for the treatment of alcohol misuse. He said they were
opening an alcohol treatment centre in South Africa.
for alcohol abuse, to do more than put a health warning on the back of our
bottle. We also wanted to contribute in countries where we sell our wines.
promote our product but what good will it have made to the vendors?”
to earn a legitimate income. Vendors buy copies for 85 pence each and sell them
attached to homeless people – not just Big Issue vendors – around alcohol.
However, Fairhills is a fair-trade wine company, they work with underprivileged
groups in South Africa and we think their ethos is not contrary to that of The