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Pig farming at BORGEN
Pig farming at BORGEN

Pig farming at BORGEN

08 July 2014

Remember the critical point of view on pig farming in the Borgen 3 series? In The Guardian the producer of the series explains why he chose to take that point of view and what the reaction was. 

So you're showing a new party born in an age of cynicism? 
Exactly. And then we show what it is to make politics, which is something you should never do.

Why?There's that great quote from The West Wing where Leo says: There are two things you should never let people see how you make 'em: politics and sausages. Here, we're seeing how they're making politics,  they're sitting in the engine room. What's our policy on immigration, on prostitution, on pig farming? We want immigrant candidates, but can we have one with a veil and still win seats? Probably not. One with a tattoo and a past in gangs? Maybe.

Hold on, pig farming?That was the hottest issue for us in making series three. We did a show about legalising prostitution, but it was the pork issue that drove Danes crazy.

Why?A lot of Danish pig farmers thought we were being overly critical around production of Danish pork. They were worried that we would be tampering with that big income for pork production. I was dragged around the Danish media for being the person who wanted to destroy Danish pig production. I don't. I just want it to be more conscientious.

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