Recently, social media influencer Molly-Mae Hague has come under fire for her beliefs on hard work and material wealth.
In a podcast episode of Diary of a CEO, Hague shares shares that she believes “we all have the same 24 hours in a day” and, therefore, the onus of how our lives shape up to be is completely up to us alone.
Whether or not Hague’s comments were incendiary is up for dispute. Many people have criticised her, quite rightly, as her account of what makes someone successful ignores the systemic and social issues that impede someone’s success.
Even with widespread access to resources, such as the internet, class, race and gender are key factors as to whether you sees the same success that Molly-Mae has had.
However, other comments that Hague made in the podcast were a cause for concern for many other listeners. She recalls that her underlying ambition was to “have a million pounds” in her bank account.
Hague reflects that once she reached this milestone, she couldn’t truly enjoy that success, immediately wanting to make more. Comments like this are concerning as it suggests that at the age of 22, Molly-Mae just can’t be happy with all she has achieved in such a short space of time.
If this continues, who’s to say that Hague will ever really be happy with herself?
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Whether Molly-Mae deserves the criticism on her comments is honestly up for interpretation, as they weren’t a direct attack on anyone’s lifestyle or work ethic. However, she did imply that the situations we find ourselves in are our fault, and this is not right.
The conversation that should arise from this controversy should reflect on the damage that the capitalist society our social media thrives from.