The price of inequality (5/9/17)
Three things happened in the past few days, all of which are tied together under the umbrella of inequality.
- Hetty Douglas takes a photo of two people and says that they are dressed like they have a single GCSE. She is reprimanded for this on Twitter and, rightly, called out for her middle-class bullshit.
- Munroe Bergdorf, a black trans woman model, was dropped from L’Oréal after she spoke about systematic racism.
- Workers in two McDonald’s locations went on strike to ban zero-hour contracts and to increase their pay.
Each one of these things is intrinsically wrapped up in inequality. Hetty was profiting off it, Munroe was fired because of it, and McDonald’s workers have suffered it for years.
Here’s the thing. I don’t want to get into each one of those topics one by one too much, because there are people out there who are far more eloquent than me and with more insightful comments than me. All I will say is this — I’m not sure when it became an extreme leftist ideal to want the best for everyone.
Hetty Douglas took a photo and showed how she doesn’t give a fuck about inequality. Because she, like a lot of other middle class assholes, are fine with mocking those who they copy. She wears the same clothes as them, she lives in the same area as them, she claims to go to the same places as them, but at the end of the day, there is a gap between them. She knows it. They know it. And it is through that gap that she identifies herself. It is by not being like them that she can profit off them, and by not being like them that she can mock them.
Munroe Bergdorf spoke about systematic inequality and was fired from a diversity campaign. That has to be the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while, albeit in a morbid fucked-up way. Clearly, L’Oréal was fine with capitalising on Bergdorf’s womanhood, on her transness, and on her blackness, but it was not okay with her talking about those things. It was only okay with her being those things when it worked for them. By firing her, they made her comments that much more real.
McDonald’s workers went on strike, and the nation was up in arms about how they do not get paid £10 an hour so these ‘burger flippers’ should not get paid that much. They spoke about how raising the minimum wage would destroy the economy, that people would race to work in fast food instead of working at other jobs, that the entire world would crumble. Here’s the thing — those workers campaigned for a living wage. As in, enough money to fucking live. But sure, deny them that, and deny them enough hours to earn enough money to survive, and, above all, deny them their fucking humanity.
Like I said, I’m not sure when it became extreme to want people to be able to live their lives without danger of starving, of being stabbed and killed, of being safe, of liking the way they live. I’m not sure when we all decided to stop caring about that. All I am sure about is that if you’re of the opinion that Hetty wasn’t wrong, fuck off. If you think Munroe’s firing was correct, fuck off. And if you think people who work at McDonald’s don’t deserve to have a living wage, fuck off.
Because I am tired of having to be nice with people who think that it’s alright to sit on their ivory towers, with their degrees and their comfortable jobs, and mock those who don’t have access to the same privileges as them. It’s despicable. It’s disgusting. It’s just fucked up.
I’m not sure what the price of inequality is, but it’s too fucking high.