Previous X Factor Contestant Katie Waissel went head to head with pompous Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins on April 23 during a debate questioning whether celebrities with tattoos are a bad infl
Previous X Factor Contestant Katie Waissel went head to head with pompous Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins on April 23 during a debate questioning whether celebrities with tattoos are a bad influence.
The debate focused on young heart throbs Justin Bieber and One Direction as well as controversial star Rihanna, as they all continue to add to their body art collection. But does this make them bad people?
Controversial snob Hopkins uttered the words, on live television in front of a nation covered in tattoos: ‘If you have a tattoo you will never be a high achiever.’ It must be awful to be sat on such a high pedestal looking down on people all the time, mustn’t it?
I myself have tattoos but I also have a degree and a job. I would never class myself as an underachiever because of a tattoo. Surely there are more important and influential factors that make people underachieve?
During the debate Hopkins was nothing but rude and derogatory towards Waissel and even made vicious attacks towards the singer about her personal life and the recent breakdown of her marriage. Yet Waissel remained dignified throughout and despite her large tattoos, was the more lady like of the two during the debate.
(Isn’t it funny how people with tattoos respect that some people don’t like them yet people without tattoos can’t respect a person’s personal decision to get a tattoo? Some food for thought!)
However, the Nation and presenters Holly and Phil, voted in favour of Waissel as 82 per cent of viewers agreed with her that tattoos are art, a personal choice and should not affect what you amount to in life.
The real issue here is not two celebrities battling it out on the This Morning sofa, but the out of date stigma surrounding tattoos.
If a young person was inspired to get a tattoo after watching Harry Styles, perhaps they have been encouraged to get a piece of beautiful art on their body or a tribute to a family member, such as Rihanna’s latest tattoo across her torso which is in memory of her late Nan. It does not mean they are going to start taking drugs and go off the rails; tattoos are simply a form of art. Plus, Harry Styles seems to be doing okay for himself these days, hardly what I would call a bad influence!
Yes, tattoos should be thought about and should be a personal decision, but they should not be a negative reflection on a person. Numerous teachers, nurses and lawyers have tattoos and you would be naïve to believe that a few members of parliament don’t have a cheeky devil tattoo on their right buttock.
Tattoos are everywhere and they aren’t going away any time soon. The tattoo industry is bigger than ever as all types of people continue to get tattooed. Whether it’s a butterfly on their hip or full sleeve of roses, a bit of ink does not change a person and definitely does not make them a bad influence.