The Issue With Molly-Mae Hague’s Comments On Success And Wealth

It's time to look at privilege and hustle culture.

 

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Molly Mae Hague has caused upset online this week after comments she made about being rich.

The Love Island star was speaking on Diary Of A CEO when she spoke about how she ‘worked her a**’ to achieve her dreams, and how anyone can do the same.

“You’re given one life and it’s down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction.”

Acknowledging that she’s come under fire for similar comments before, she added:

“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.”

 

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She added: “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.”

Of course, we’re not denying that Molly Mae has worked hard and continues to work hard on content creation, fashion and more, but her outlook on success may be overly simplistic.

Many took issue with the fact that she was paid hundreds of thousands to come on board at PrettyLittleThing while their garment workers in factories are reportedly only paid £3.50 and hour. The minimum wage in the UK is around £9.

People argue that while Molly Mae and low paid workers have the same ’24 hours in a day’ they are not given the same opportunities or payment, which isn’t because they didn’t ‘work hard’.

Others have pointed out that being picked for Love Island gave her huge opportunities that others wouldn’t have had.

Molly Mae benefits from many privileges that make it easier for her than other people to succeed and make money.

Being white, growing up in a safe or wealthy country or area, being able-bodied, having access to education and technology and many more factors all make it easier for someone like Molly Mae to succeed.

While she did work hard, someone who does not have all the above factors face struggles and barriers that she has never had to face.

It’s great to be ambitious and hard working, but it’s important to remember that ‘hustle culture’ can be hugely problematic, because often, it doesn’t take into account how some people have more opportunities, financially, geographically and personally than other people.

Social media can over simplify the idea that anyone can become a millionaire girl boss, and while we can all have dreams of becoming whatever we want to be, it’s crucial to keep in mind that not everyone has the same life and support and that we should always consider that our lives are not a reflection of the entire world around us and other people’s struggles.

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