Heat Hates… Chavs (and Women)

Posted by Irresponsibility

“Gotcha!” journalism is morally questionable in any case, but it especially sticks in my craw when it’s directed at 16-year-old brides whose family saved up to give her a fantasy wedding.

Missy's wedding

Missy's wedding

Missy Quinn’s just had a £100,000 white wedding with her 17-year-old now-husband Thomas. Even though her family live on a caravan site, ” sneers the commentary.

Because of course, travellers aren’t supposed to have/aspire to expensive fripperies. Everyone knows that in England you’re only as good as your bloodlines, and no £100,000 wedding will ever undo the fact you live in a caravan.

The next bit is just as nasty: “They managed to stump up the cash for a £16,000 dress (although we’re not sure we’d actually call it a dress. At all).”

Look, you snide fucks. Missy didn’t get the idea of dressing up like a Vegas showgirl from nowhere. If she thinks it’s a good look it’s because horrid little rags like Heat, Closer, OK! et al have taught her that spending a stupid amount of money and throwing bling everywhere is something to aim for.

The sheer hypocrisy of elevating Beckham’s matching thrones and Jordan’s crystal-encrusted pink loo-roll cover of a gown to pop culture cult status because they’re, like, famous, and then publicly mocking some poor girl for trying to ape them is beyond disgusting.

It’s a form of bullying. Not just of Missy Quinn, but of all women. They’re telling us: you can’t win. You may think you understand the rules (‘big showy weddings confer status’) but there will always some fresh twist that will reveal your ignorance and make you a laughing stock (‘blinging weddings are only for famous people, when working-class people do them it’s laughable’).


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