LOOSE Women’s Charlene White and Carol McGiffin had a heated debate today over ‘working class billionaires’.
Host Charlene was adamant it’s impossible for a self-made billionaire from a working class background to still be working class.
While Carol insisted that wealth was irrelevant and background should always determine an individual’s class.
她说: “I think people assume there’s a link between class and money, which I don’t think there is because there are a hell of a lot of people who are ‘upper class’ and pretty skint.
“I think it’s what you’re born into. If you’re born into an upper class family or a traditional upper class family then you are always upper class, it doesn’t matter. You could be homeless on the street, you’re still an upper class person.”
Despite her own success and comfortable income, 她补充说: “I’m still working class. I’m happy with that.”
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Charlene wasn’t having it though, responding: “I do fundamentally disagree with that. 在最后 20-30 years the boundaries have become blurred where class is concerned.”
Using Brooklyn Beckham’s self-made billionaire father-in-law to be, Nelson Peltz, as an example, Charlene said there was no way he could still be working class.
“为什么不?!” replied Carol.
East End girl Linda Robson then said: “If I had a billion pounds I’d still be working class.”
Charlene said it could be considered offensive to people on the breadline that a person with such wealth would put themselves in the same class bracket.
Viewers were just as fiercely split.
One wrote on Twitter: “Yes Charlene #loosewomen what sort of crack are this panel smoking to say a billionaire can still be working class.”
另一个同意, 说: “How could anyone define a billionaire as working class? You might have been one day, but once you’ve got loads of money, you’re most certainly not working class anymore.”
While a third said: “Most this panel is so out of touch its insane. How can you claim to be working class and a billionaire.”
Team Carol had some backers too, 一口气: “I’m sorry class is what you are born to, nothing to do with what happened afterwards. #roots.”
While another said: “money doesn’t buy class.”