Love Island Molly-Mae Hague has found herself in a bit of hot water lately. As the Independent noted, Hague, who starred in Season 5 of Love Island UK, recently took part in an interview during which she discussed her career. However, her comments on success and privilege aren't sitting right with many social media users. In fact, Hague soon sparked a ton of backlash with many criticizing the star for not recognizing the role that privilege played in her own success.
During the interview with The Diary of a CEO, Hague, an influencer with millions of followers and creative director of the fashion brand PrettyLittleThing, expressed that her determination to succeed brought her to where she is today. She said, "I just think you're given one life and it's down to you what you do with it. You can literally go in any direction." The Love Island alum addressed how she's gotten "slammed" for this topic before, saying that people have told her, "'It's easy for you to say that, you've not grown up in poverty, you've not grown up with major money struggles. So for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.'"
If you’re homeless just buy a house ❤️ pic.twitter.com/nRBVLBx8a9— 🚩 (@tsrbys) January 5, 2022
"But technically what I'm saying is correct – we do," she continued. Hague did acknowledge that "different backgrounds" can play into one's success, but noted that anyone can achieve their goals if they put their mind to it. Of course, this advice didn't exactly sit well with many users on Twitter, who criticized her particularly for her comments tied to privilege.
Many especially took Hague to task for saying that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and can achieve success. They don't exactly agree.prevnext
Acknowledging The Differences
Others took to Twitter to acknowledge just how much a person's individual background and privilege can play into their success. It takes more than one's determination.prevnext
Molly-Mae at 22 makes more money from her PLT job in one year than I will in the next 25 years.
The sole reason that she is creative director of PLT is because she is white, skinny and pretty and went on a reality show where the aim is to get famous by pretending to find a bf https://t.co/QbeJSosO3u— Eve Cunnington (@evecunnington) January 6, 2022
Clearly, Twitter users wasted no time in criticizing Hague for her recent comments. Some didn't appreciate that she didn't acknowledge other factors that contribute to how successful one can be.prevnext
In Her Defense
Shut up about Molly-Mae now, she said something that you don’t agree with, no need for the witch hunt. Cos this sort of shit happened to Caroline Flack too and look what happened?
She may be rich/famous but she still has emotions and still feels the same pain as everyone else.— catt (@Catherinelc94) January 8, 2022
Even though Hague drew a ton of backlash for the interview, there were some who did come to her defense. They don't agree with the amount of criticism that she's been receiving online.prevnext
I watched the whole interview and she comes across so tone deaf it’s a bit cringe. My mummy works 12 hour shifts and isn’t as rich as Molly-mae 😩😩 Maybe she should just work harder !!!!! https://t.co/1hihnNFW3u— Darraaagh☀️ (@DarraghMathews0) January 6, 2022
"What Molly-Mae said is absolutely true, anyone can be wherever they like, they just need to be determined enough to achieve it," another user pointed out. "The only thing she failed to acknowledge is that equal opportunity doesn't exist – in an ideal world everyone should have a fair start."prevnext
Only worked from 8.30am until 4pm today....bet ya Molly-Mae's fuming— Will (@lfc_arrow) January 7, 2022
"The problem with privilege is that the privileged are completely blind to how good they have it, and how much easier their road to success is," this Twitter user wrote. "I don't doubt that Molly-Mae has worked hard, but the door was opened for her – she didn't have to break it down. It's just ignorance."prevnext
Cue The Memes
Molly-Mae fits more into 24 hours than Jack Bauer ever could pic.twitter.com/CVFJDIv0oc— Dave Nagle (@gonags) January 8, 2022
Not everyone is thrilled by the amount of backlash that Hague has been receiving. As this user put it, "Is it just me that thinks it's not that deep what Molly-Mae said? The 24 hour memes are funny but the genuine hate she's getting just comes from people who are jealous and spiteful."prev