I got a DM from a friend after I made the Friday post. She mentioned the visceral reaction she had with the pic I used for that blog. I told her that I had intentionally selected that one because it played into so many memes, tropes and clichés about wealthy people. (Just as I did the pic for this post.)
If you look deeper, you’ll see I did that through all the posts last week. (Because they were all about how we perceive money and rich people. Worth a read if you didn’t see them the first go around.) Notice the example I used of “Debra,” a rich trust fund baby, flying private to Ibiza. That was deliberate because I needed to provoke the trigger of some readers. If I used a more innocuous example – say someone declining to support a charity because they were using the money to get better eldercare for one of their parents – it wouldn’t produce the same thought process.
The responses to the posts demonstrate this case quite convincingly. There really were people who felt that what Debra was doing was against their values – so they had no compunction to forcibly take her own money away from her – to use it in another manner they felt was “right” or “fair.” To see mature adults make that decision without a thought about the precedent it would set, or the principles it would break is scary AF to me.
But here’s where it gets even more interesting…
My friend who sent the message mentioned that one of the reasons the photo impacted her so, was because it looked like, “a limo of hookers.” Now I hadn’t intended it to portray sex workers, but the fact it landed that way makes the discussion richer. Because what if they are prostitutes?
Prostitutes are providing a fair value-for-value exchange and deserve prosperity too. So I believe even if it was a photo of five prostitutes, it shouldn’t generate any abnormal reaction at all. Which is where we will pick up on the next post. Until then, let me know what you think.