Molly-Mae Hague, influencer and creative director for fast fashion brand PLT, has directly addressed the backlash surrounding her recent comments on how we 'all have the same 24 hours in a day' in which to reach our goals.
Many were upset and said Molly-Mae appeared to be implying that the only thing stopping people from being successful is a lack of hard work and their own efforts, rather than also acknowledging systemic oppression – which can afford more privilege to those who are white, able-bodied, conventionally attractive or from a higher socio-economic background, for instance.
Her divisive remarks were made on the Diary of a CEO podcast and have since seen social media users share clips of Molly-Mae, along with the caption 'if you're homeless just buy a house!', suggesting the former Love Island star is out of touch with her privilege.
Tweets and memes also compared her to Tory Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, who once said, "There really is no primary poverty left in this country… there may be poverty because they don't know how to budget, don't know how to spend their earnings, but now you are left with the really hard fundamental character-personality defect." Again, implying poverty is a choice. [Last week, Molly-Mae's team released a statement saying these were not her thoughts or words, and that her comments were made only in relation to her own experience].
Thought pieces have also questioned whether or not the collective rage appearing online is actually best directed at Molly-Mae, writing that she is a 'symptom' of an unequal society rather than the cause, and that perhaps energy is better redirected.
Now, after maintaining her silence over the weekend, Molly-Mae has posted an Instagram Story saying she never intended to cause any upset with her comments.
"I wanted to come back online today as normal but I feel like before I do, I just wanted to say this... When I say or post anything online, it is never with malice or ill intent," she wrote. "I completely appreciate that things can affect different people in different ways, however I just want to stress that I would never intend to hurt or upset anyone by anything that I say or do."
Molly-Mae continued on to say, "I apologise to the people that been affected negatively or misunderstood the meaning of what I said in the podcast, the intentions of the podcast were only ever to tell my story and inspire from my own experience."
The influencer signed off to her six million followers with "Love to you all, always x".
You can see Molly-Mae's full interview here:
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