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Joanna Lumley talks about The X Factor culture

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London (ANI): English actress Joanna Lumley has commented on how The X Factor show is influencing people to only want to become famous and not do anything else. Lumley, 63, who is credited with forcing UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to behave properly towards the Gurkhas, believes the Government has fostered a “something for nothing" culture.

“We say we have to create jobs — it"s not just about creating jobs, people have to get out and do stuff," the Telegraph quoted her as saying.

“We"ve stopped having an interest in things, we just sit there watching other people"s lives on TV. It"s not pitiful — it would be snotty and stupid to say that — but it"s dull. Teeth-rottingly dull. I simply can"t bear lethargy. And when children here want to be on The X Factor I think, 'Why? Don"t just want to be famous, do something that"s really fascinating. The world is crammed with opportunities"," she said.

Her advice to young people is not to wait until someone “creates" a job for them, but to find something to do that they are passionate about. “All children are boiling with excitement," she said. “But if you crush it, then feed them filth, dullness, repetitive nothing, tell them they"ll be paid for doing nothing, tell them a job will be created for them, how can that child ever know there are horizons to see or to follow?" she added.

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