These people would always strive to be one step ahead of anyone else, what with their mod cons, their `refined' accents, and numerous holidays to Tuscany and the like. Bettering themselves was more than about money though, it was about breeding. `Nouveau Riche' or 'New Money' were of course chucked on the social scrap heap just like the working class. There was a time when people would aspire upwards, that was of course, until inverted snobbery became the prejudice of choice. Yes, inverted snobbery has become the new fashionable prejudice and is perhaps, the only one in our society that is acceptable too many. Being an inverted snob is chic, it's fashionable, it's cool, and if you're a celebrity today it's the thing to be.
Inverted snobbery is essentially downward mobility - whereas once these people would aspire upwards, they now aspire downwards. It's a label that can be pinned on celebrities, the wealthy, and of course the educated. To be called a "Proletarian" today is the perfect compliment - to be called a `Snob' on the other hand would cause the most upset and offence. No longer do people want to be enjoying the finer things in life, they want to eat `Bangers'n'mash' (mashed potatoes and sausages) and drink in working men's pubs, and watch the football and relish in the worst aspects of popular culture. It's basically people pretending to be something they're not, and when you pretend to be something you're not you're going to make mistakes. Back in 1998 it was reported in British newspapers that Thom Yorke (Radiohead) when asked by a journalist if he was middle-class responded "Well no actually". Hmm, Thom York previous to Radiohead fame had met O'Brien at Abingdon a very well-to-do, respected Oxfordshire Public School reserved only for those with the assets of a small country. His full retort was; "We live in Oxford and in Oxford we're f*cking lower-class. The place is full of the most obnoxious, self-indulgent, self-righteous oiks on the f*cking planet, and for us to be called middle class, well, no, actually. It's all relative." Yorke had made a blunder, the use of the word `oik' being utilised by upper-middle-class people to describe those beneath them. What Yorke was trying to describe were the over-privileged undergraduates (people a little like himself). Yorke is obviously a secret toff; any real prole would tell you that what he described as `Oiks' are actually `posh twats' or `upper-class tossers'.
For whatever reason it's now fashionable to call one's self working class. Perhaps it's the credibility, the authenticity and the image of hard toil that makes this title attractive. Regardless, it's absurd and unreal. Reality isn't the point of course, desire is. Desire to be something they're not, in short - dishonesty. The one thing that can be said in defence of conventional snobbery is that it doesn't mask it's intentions. Conventional snobbery will crudely, boldly, and sharply tell you to your face that it is better than you. Naturally, inverted snobs still enjoy the power trip, and the feeling of superiority they just don't tell anyone! Like their forefathers the conventional snobs, inverted snobs use something to look down on other people with. Whereas conventional snobs would take the social high ground, inverted snobs will take aim from a moral prospective.
Downward mobility's greatest crime could be it's effect on society and it's effect on the infrastructure of a whole nation. No country has been affected as much as a result of inverted snobbery as Great Britain. A country which once prided itself on it's order, it's fairness, it's national unity, and it's tolerance has become as a matter of fact the most drunken, drugged up, poorly educated nation in Europe, rates of theft and violent crime fast outdoing those of the big contender, the United States.
Aspiring upwards for the masses of people living in poverty, in squalor and fear of their lives is a way out. A way to succeed, a way to better their own positions and situations. Billionaire tycoon Richard Branson being a shining example of one such person who did precisely that. The bourgeois don't know who they are, and someone needs to help them find themselves. It's all about self-denial. Self-denial coupled with an inherent self-hatred. There seems to be a frightening desire to be thick, and stupid, a desire to move down the rungs of society. Without a doubt this happens around the world, but in Britain it's probably at it's worse. Today there seems to be some great shame in being clever, and having something intelligent to say. Of course, this self-hate isn't just witnessed on the catwalks, on TV, and at chic parties it's in the playgrounds too. Who reading this doesn't know at least one kid that came from a decent background, was intelligent, and had great prospects only to throw it all away? Personally nothing is funnier than seeing some middle-class studenty-type pass himself off as a hard as nails, raucous cheap lager swigging Cockney wide boy.
These inverted snobs are the `do good' types. The type who love to be seen doing something to help those less fortunate than themselves like stuffing a few hundred quid into a collection box, but in all honesty wouldn't piss on a tramp if he were on fire.
It's something to laugh at, it's something to discuss and it's something to be written on Kuro5hin. It's sadder than it is amusing however. All right, these people hate themselves, they live false lives but why are they prejudiced? Anti-elitism is appalling, simply unforgivable snobbery. It suggests that there is absolutely no point in giving "ordinary people" anything too sophisticated or taxing on the old grey matter for fear of it going over their heads. A good example of this would be the will of the British Labour Party (full of middle class `oiks'!) to get rid of the Grammar School because it wasn't fair on under-privileged children who were less capable. The closure of hundreds of these schools, and the growth of the state provided school system led to far fewer university acceptances into the traditional Oxbridge type establishments for working class children. It's clear that inverted snobbery like Communism keeps everybody right at the bottom of the heap with no hope of bettering himself or herself. For inverted snobbery repeatedly acts against the interests of the very people it claims to lionise.
This was written as you might have guessed by a 'Little Englander' - hence there may be a few terms misunderstood. For example, 'Bangers'n'mash' is a popular British dish of well.. sausage and mashed potato. See what fine cuisine we have in this country? 'Quid' means money, 'wanker' is a person who masturbates frequently, and if you've seen Lock Stock by that great working class directer Guy Ritchy (hehe yeah right) you should know the rest! For a full reference of British slang you may find this interesting!