The other thing that’s troubled me in a lot of the posts I’ve caught glimpses of today in response to that James Arthur quote is the amount of “intelligence”-based elitism. Like one post I saw literally listed on one hand how Louis is clever/smart/smarter than lots of people combined, and on the other listed how Louis is not a “chav” or lad. Beyond the larger issue of how metrics of determining what it means to be “smart” are messed up in lots of ways, it also frustrates me to see value judgments given to people based on their perceived intelligence. Louis’ perceived intelligence level shouldn’t impact how you view him as a person. And it especially upsets me when intelligence categorized as traits associated with wealthy people, and drawn as a direct contrast against traits associated with middle-to-lower income people, as if you can’t be both intelligent and a chav/as if intelligence is only held by people who present themselves in a certain way and come from certain backgrounds.
Money ≠ intelligence ≠ your value as a person.