Influencer Molly-Mae Hague caused controversy earlier this week when comments that she made on a podcast about background and privilege surfaced on social media.

During an appearance on Steven Barlett’s Diary of a CEO podcast, the former Love Island contestant and PrettyLittleThing ambassador said: “When I’ve spoken about that in the past I have been slammed a little bit, with people saying ‘it’s easy for you to say that because you’ve not grown up in poverty, so for you to sit there and say we all have the same 24 hours in a day is not correct.’ But, technically, what I’m saying is correct. We do.”

She continued: “So I understand that we all have different backgrounds and we’re all raised in different ways and we do have different financial situations, but I do think if you want something enough, you can achieve it.”

The reaction to the comments was initially that of criticism for the 22-year-old but that has now off into memes about the star’s comments and now comedy sketches.

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Munya Chawawa, who is best known for his incredibly well produced and almost instantaneous comedy sketches on significant news stories, has now contributed to the Molly-Mae discourse.

In his latest video, Chawawa plays a character called ‘Olly Mae’ who is a fan of Hague and goes on to explain how her words have inspired him.

“There were times when I didn’t even have a yacht to p**s in,” says the character before adding that the only two things that kept him going were his “immensely privileged background” and a ‘book’ called ‘Molly Maeditations: Daily Quotes to Stop You Being Poor.’

Some of the quotes included are “Even the word poverty has 1p, so what’s your excuse” and “’Broke’ is the past tense of ‘break’, so stop taking them.”

Chawawa ends the sketch by saying: “Poverty starts with POV. Change yours and grab a copy today.”

As you can imagine, many people loved the sketch and continue to be impressed by the speed at how quickly Chawawa turned around the video.

In a statement given to indy100, a spokesperson for Hague said: “Molly did a podcast interview in December about her own rise to success. If you listen to the full conversation and interview Molly was asked about how the nature of her potential grows and how she believes in herself. This part of the interview was discussing time efficiency relating to success.

“Molly refers to a quote which says ‘We all have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce’. She was discussing her own experience and how she can resonate with this specific quote. Her opinion on if you want something enough you can work hard to achieve it is how she keeps determined with her own work to achieve more in her own life.

“Molly is not commenting on anyone else’s life or personal situation she can only speak of her own experience. She acknowledges that everyone is raised in different ways and from different backgrounds but her comments here are in reference to timing, hard work and determination in her own life.

“If you listen to this interview you can see the whole conversation was about her own personal circumstances, how she has grown up and this small clip in the conversation was talking about a quote that inspires her.“Social media users have shared a short snippet from this interview with words such as ‘if you are homeless buy a house’ and ‘if you are poor be poor’ these are absolutely not Molly’s words, these are not Molly’s thoughts and this isn’t at all the meaning or thought behind that conversation.”

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