Molly-Mae says to be as successful as her, you just need to work harder
The comments are facing backlash on Twitter
Molly-Mae is facing backlash on Twitter for “privileged” comments and stating “that if you want something enough, you can achieve it”, after clips from a recent podcast appearance have circulated.
In the video, Molly-Mae says the following: “You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction. When I’ve spoken about that in the past I have been slammed a little bit, with people saying ‘it’s easy for you to say that because you’ve not grown up in poverty, so for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.’ But, technically, what I’m saying is correct. We do.
“I understand we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I think if you want something enough you can achieve it. It just depends on what lengths you want to go to get where you want to be in the future. And I’ll go to any length. I’ve worked my absolute arse off to get where I am now.”
‘This is why influencer culture needs to stop’
The comments have angered many on Twitter, with her stance on the key to achieving the sort of wealth she’s gained being to just go out and get it and the opinion that the playing field is the same for all. “Because it’s not like most of us work 40+ hour weeks to make less than a tenth of what she makes just because she went on telly. Hard work is it? I don’t think so,” said one Twitter user.
The comments have stirred up more continued criticism of influencer culture as a whole, with many criticising Molly-Mae’s claim of “working her arse off” being completely out of touch and not reflective of the hard work of those in a less privileged position than her – who didn’t get huge brand deals after being on one of the biggest TV shows in the country.
‘I’d respect this response more if there was an acknowledgement of privilege – just own it’
The lack of self-awareness on the podcast from Molly-Mae on the path to her success has faced a particularly damning backlash response. “Middle class person who made a career off being pretty, posing in the street in cream coloured tracksuits and the underpaid labour of factory workers thinks she knows if you ‘just work harder’ you’ll overcome poverty and struggle. Please stop making stupid people famous I beg.” Said @jxeker on Twitter.
Another said: “You weren’t born into poverty, you were lucky enough to have financial support growing up, and then lucky enough to be picked to go on a national TV programme. Leg up after leg up. ‘We all have the same 24 hour in a day’ – we don’t all have the same 24 years.”
The Tab has approached Molly-Mae for comment.
Featured image credit @mollymae.