Artist who ridiculed South London tradies sparks backlash online

Hetty Douglas posted the offensive caption on Instagram.
Hetty Douglas posted the offensive caption on Instagram. Photo credit: Mirror

An artist in South London has sparked furious backlash after ridiculing tradies at a local McDonald's.

Hetty Douglas, whose father is a builder, posted an image of the labourers in the popular fast food chain on Monday, with the offensive caption: "These guys look like they got 1 GCSE" - the equivalent to just passing NCEA. 

It wasn't long before Ms Douglas found herself at the centre of a Twitter spat, widely condemned by her social media followers for posting something so 'ignorant'.

Rhi Harper was among those who commented, calling Ms Douglas a "spoiled little rich girl gentrifying South London". The post has been retweeted over 17,000 times and received more than 70,000 likes. 

Another user posted on her Instagram: "You would last two minutes in the shoes of a tradesmen."

Ms Douglas, originally from Nottingham, moved to South London in order to study art at the University of the Arts. She has described her work as "representing both the light and dark that comes with simply existing".

Featuring in local and international publications for her work, Ms Douglas has, in the past, bragged about being from "Shottingham" - a nickname referencing her hometown's link to gun culture. 

The artist is yet to make an apology to the tradies.