Scaffolder hits out at 'spoilt rich girl' artist who said he 'looked like he had one GCSE'

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A scaffolder has hit out at a “spoilt rich girl” artist who mocked him and his colleague as they queued for fast food McDonald’s.

His fury came after Hetty Douglas, 25, shared an image of the two builders on Instagram alongside the caption: “these guys look like they got 1 GCSE.”

Warren Butt, 40, said the painter made him and his colleague, who were pictured in work boots and jogging bottoms, “look like idiots” and called for an apology.

Hitting back at the young artist, the father-of-one, from Wallington in south London, admitted he did not gain any GCSEs, but added she had “no right” to judge him.

Ms Douglas posted this image on social media with the capiton: ‘these guys look like they got 1 GCSE.’ (@hettydouglas)

“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.

“I’m just working – just earning a living for me and my son. She’s no better than me because she can draw.”

Douglas, who lives in Peckham, received hundreds of angry comments after she shared the post on the social media site, with one saying: “and you look like a spoiled rich girl gentrifying south London.”

Douglas lives in Peckham, south-east London (Dave Benett)

Another added: “What a ghastly person. They actually look like guys who do a decent days work. Maybe she doesn’t.”

One Twitter users said: “You wouldn’t last two minutes in the shoes of a tradesman,” and another joked: “The best thing about this Hetty Douglas saga is that I have zero GCSE’s and we go to the same uni.”

Douglas, who comes from Nottingham, studied fashion illustration at University of Arts London before working in retail for Supreme in Soho and Slam City Skates in Covent Garden.

She previously shared a picture of herself on Instagram posing with a work-plan as she went to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance, in 2015.

Her Instagram post came after in an interview with Dazed Digital on what she “stands for” she said: “If you want to say something, say it. I think as long as we are kind and gentle to others and, more importantly, ourselves then everything is bless.”

Following the backlash on social media she received for her posted, the artist removed her Instagram profile. 


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