Damnit, Hoarders

I just gave A&E’s show Hoarders another shot, what can I say, I’m human, it’s hard to look away. Sure enough, I was punished. Everyone was. It was an hour of child abuse, or rather a half an hour. One of the hoarders, Eileen, clearly has mental illness beyond the symptoms of hoarding. This is what I don’t understand about this show—when they come across people like this, people this mentally ill, they should stop the cameras and address it. I want to hate the woman, but clearly she’s severely damaged. Those poor children. Well, I guess at the very least now that the show has aired Child Protective Services is aware of the situation. But this is not entertainment.

It’s a rainy, dreary day here in the city.

Mural on Houston Street

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Damnit, Hoarders

  1. Stay away from Hoarders, it only brings you down. Stick with Glee among others. How about that performance by the girls last night? Loved it.

  2. I have it recorded, but haven’t watched it yet. And I agree. I will stick with Glee. But man. I’m still haunted by those poor children.

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