Maybe you’ve seen this meme floating around Facebook. It’s been shared over 1,600 times since you left for work Friday morning. It’s a condensed screen cap from an article posted on Business Insider about a young woman who had a unique method of paying off more than $200K in student loans: She had everything she needed handed to her by her family while she did nothing but pay off her loans.
I think you can see why this post was shared so many times — it’s ridiculous. The vast majority of people will never have (a) a job handed to them by their parent, (b) a freaking HOME handed to them by their parent, or (c) the option to just live with extended family rent-free while renting out their gift home for the equivalent of a whole extra monthly income. In fact, that extra income was enough to buy more rental properties, which made more money, all while simultaneously making payments on her student loans to the tune of $10,000 per month.
For some reason, the subject of the story, Ebony Horton, thinks this is normal. The author of the article apparently thinks it’s normal. Obviously Business Insider, whose CEO used to work on Wall Street until he was charged with securities fraud, thinks this is normal.
The internet helpfully set them all straight:
— Laura Roberts (@originaloflaura) March 11, 2017
@DanielleMuscato So….her mother and her grandparents footed all the big bills so that her entire income could go toward the debt! Wow.
— QuietWarrior (@QuietWarrior5) March 10, 2017
— Robin Marty (@robinmarty) March 10, 2017
@DanielleMuscato What bullshit. I had to pay my student loans off the honest, hard way – by finding $109,000 in loose change in my couch.
— Yale Hollander (@YaleHollander) March 10, 2017
Ebony Horton may in fact be the least self-aware person in existence. https://t.co/LpTeZt5ysb
— Ben Kabs (@bkabak) March 10, 2017
@bkabak just stop being lazy and find a creative way to save $120k a year, millennials!
— Jason Horwitz (@HorwitzJason) March 10, 2017
Why do the privileged want to relate to the poor so badly? "Look at me working hard, making sacrifices, and struggling…I'm just like you!" https://t.co/gFeGiYUCtL
— ju boo (@SCHMOKEingGUN) March 10, 2017
Kind of reminds you of that time the Tyrant of the Tone-Deaf described the start-up money his dad gave him:
It has not been easy for me, it has not been easy for me. And you know I started off in Brooklyn, my father gave me a small loan of a million dollars.
It’s never been more apparent that there really are two Americas. . . We just hope unbridled capitalism doesn’t crush us before we get out from under the loans we were told we needed to get, for the degree we haven’t used yet, in the America that only gives a shit about people who can afford rental properties.