Tradie slams artist who posted photo mocking him in McDonald's
A scaffolder has hit back at an artist who mocked him at a McDonald’s.
Artist Hetty Douglas, 25, sparked furious backlash when she photographed a group of workmen at McDonald’s in South London with the caption, “these guys look like they got 1 GCSE”.
The GCSE, or General Certificate of Secondary Education, is an academic qualification for students in England and Wales, with Ms Douglas stating the workers had only one between them.
But father-of-one Warren Butt has asked “what gives her the right?” after spotting the pic on Instagram, posted to Ms Douglas’ 15,000 followers, and has demanded an apology.
"It's not very nice. It's made us look like a load of idiots when we are just trying to crack on and do some work,” he told the Sun Online.
"I would like an apology. I do not think it's right she can take a picture of us without us knowing and say that. I'm just working - just earning a living for me and my son."
Mr Butt and his colleagues were grabbing a bite on Monday at McDonald’s Piccadilly after work.
He’s the father of a 13-year-old boy and has worked as a scaffolder for 20 years.
“What gives her the right to look at me or us in that way,” Mr Butt said.
“She’s no better than me because she can draw.”
While Mr Butt said he doesn’t have a GCSE, his mother Patricia has spoken out and said her son has “worked all his life” to provide for his son.
"She wants to keep her mouth shut, she's a moron,” she said.
“They are workers what does she expect."
Patricia said while her son didn’t have GSCE he still had manners.
Comments on Ms Douglas’ Instagram account, which has since been deleted, claim she “wouldn’t last two minutes in the shoes of a tradesman”.
London photographer Rhi Harper tweeted a photo of Ms Douglas alongside the original of the Mr Butt and his colleagues.
and you look like a spoiled rich girl gentrifying south London pic.twitter.com/0bysFYfc9c
— rhi (@rhiharper) September 4, 2017
Hetty Douglas? More like...Hetty No Class
For real though, how do we expatriate people like her out of london & back to their family homes?
— Umberto Greco (@charlesfare) September 4, 2017
“… and you look like a spoiled rich girl gentrifying south London,” she tweeted.
Her tweet has been re-tweeted more than 16,488 times and has more than 67,000 likes.
“Hetty Douglas is exactly what is wrong with so many young creatives nowadays they do not deserve the spotlight,” one user tweeted.
“Hetty Douglas? More like... Hetty No Class,” another tweeted.
hetty douglas is exactly what is wrong with so many young creatives nowadays they do not deserve the spotlight
— vicky (@wavveforms) September 4, 2017
Ms Douglas, from Nottingham, moved to South London to study at the University of Arts.
She’s previously bragged about being from “Shottingham”, a nickname used to describe her hometown’s link to gun crime.
In an interview with arts and fashion website Hypebeast last month, she said she was “ready to do something outside of London”.
“I’d say New York, but maybe LA I feel like they’re a lot more open-minded,” she said.
She also previously told youth culture website Dazed Digital in July: "I think as long as we are kind and gentle to others and, more importantly, ourselves then everything is bless."