06 Septiembre 2017 11:42
A huge backlash to a snobbish Instagram postIf you’re an artist living in Peckham, south London, chances are you are part of the problem with gentrification, not a vehicle for solving it.
Hetty Douglas, an up-and-coming Nottingham-born painter, has been slammed online and by media outlets for her ‘classist’ photograph and post of construction workers ordering food at McDonald's.She shared an image of a group of men waiting in the queue at the fast food chain on Instagram, with a derogatory caption written across it. She wrote: ‘These guys look like they got 1 GCSE.’ Her Instagram profile, which has since been removed, has been described by former followers as having a (faux) ‘working class’ aesthetic, and therefore her comments about people just doing an honest day’s work have caused a huge backlash online.
People have accused her of co-opting working class communities as a means to further her artistic persona, and that her blatant ‘snobbery’ and ‘classism’ reveals her as a ‘fake’:
and you look like a spoiled rich girl gentrifying south London pic.twitter.com/0bysFYfc9c
— rhi (@rhiharper) September 4, 2017
would pay to see her kindly and gently explain to the blokes why she feels she can mock them behind their backs to 15k people pic.twitter.com/4lCSqnaAUt
— RUSBY (@JeSuisRusby) September 4, 2017
this hetty douglas shit actually makes me beyond sad cos most rich kids are beyond insidious about us but love our culture to the max
— jessa (@housemaiden_) September 4, 2017
We all know a Hetty Douglas. Rich kids that want to act working class until it's time to be working class.
— The Bear Jew. ? (@LauraBorealisxx) September 4, 2017
— Lizzie Long (@LizLizzieloulou) September 5, 2017
if you've even heard of hetty douglas the chances are your office and/or extended social circle is comprised largely of hetty douglases
— emo garland (@emmaggarland) September 4, 2017
Warren Butt, a 40-year-old scaffolder pictured in Douglas's post, has responded to the artist's cruel mockery with outrage, telling The Sun: 'It's not very nice. It's made us look like a load of idiots when we are just trying to crack on and do some work'
'I would like an apology. I do not think it's right she can take a picture of us without us knowing and say that. I'm just working - just earning a living for me and my son.'Dazed had touted Douglas as one of the rising stars in the UK’s art scene, and she reached number 49 on their Dazed100 of outstanding talent. Vice has also written about her work, praising her left-of-centre approach to painting.