Along with Humans and Utopia, Black Mirror is easily one of my favourite series' shown on terrestrial television. A sort of Tales of The Unexpected for the digital age, Charlie Brooker is responsible for some of the most controversial images to be shown on Channel 4 in this millennia. Regardless of how surreal these often dystopian one-offs may seem, they have had a profound effect on audiences from around the world due to the disturbing truths that they hold.

The episode that stuck with me, and many others, is Fifteen Million Merits - in which a young man gives his life savings to a girl, so she can audition for a talent show. This somewhat simple narrative is set in a strange futuristic complex, in which you are not allowed to leave, and you must pay for the privilege of not being exposed to advertising. During the day, residents are made to work on cycling machines, generating energy, and thus earning money/merits.

Most viewers are struck by the role of advertising and capitalism in this episode, the inescapable villain. However, upon reflection, I found myself thinking about the demise of Jessica Brown-Findlay's character Abi, and how her story rings chillingly true in our world of Instamodels and reality stars. Despite her talent for singing, the judges on talent show 'Hot Shots' only care about one thing - Abi's looks. They convince her to become an adult actress, a job which she becomes trapped in, becoming what is essentially a sex doll. This was not what the shy and sweet Abi had in mind when she dreamt of stardom.

Of course, I have no issue with what women decide to do with their bodies, and I have a huge amount of respect for sex workers, but to be reduced to an object of gratification is something truly horrifying. One of the most famous women on the planet right now is Kim Kardashian, whose keen business sense and intelligence is almost entirely disregarded due to the fact that a large percentage of the world has seen her have sex - she has been minimised to a fraction of who she is. The same treatment goes for those who have the very modern job title of 'Instamodels' - many of them run blogs and businesses, but because they put photos of themselves on the internet, the only emails they get contain derogatory sexual comments and unsolicited dick pics.

Stardom, for women, equates to sexual objectification - it's unavoidable. Just look at the iCloud hacking scandal and the countless "sexy lamp" roles that actresses are given. It's crazy to think that it is 2016, and it is still okay to treat people as if they are not human. Hell, even I'm guilty of watching a film just to see an attractive lady. But that's the point of Black Mirror isn't it? It makes you reflect upon the world and realise that you are also part of the problem.

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