In 1992, the heavy metal band Pantera released an album called “A Vulgar Display of Power.” The album is widely considered to be the most influential album in the genre that it helped to define. Fast forward to 2014, and there’s a new “Vulgar Display,” only this time published on Facebook, and by individuals who are old enough to have just been born when the Pantera album was released.
“What Happens at Private School Goes Snapchat” is the latest obnoxious Millennial Rich Kid trend. Snapping pictures of Rollex watches, expensive computer toys, and fast cars, the Facebook page with 252,575 likes has become the latest in a line of “Vulgar Displays of Wealth.” It’s a trend that started in the United Kingdom but has since gone global, and proves that entitled, spoiled, and vacuous Millennials do exist — but you won’t find them on the bottom rung of society.
Affluenza is a huge problem in this country, and as wealth inequality gets worse, so will it. The Business Insider received a response from the administrator of the Facebook page, defending his actions:
Of course there is a huge amount of anger about my snapchat account. Understandably it upsets people that I am spending money on unnecessary things, and more importantly bragging about it. ] (sic) A lot of people tell me I could be giving to charity instead. I completely understand that it upsets people. However I donate over 80% of my income to charity. In fact my bank automatically sends 80% of any payment going into my account directly to my charity holding account, which then gets distributed to around 100 charities of my choose at the end of every month. On top of this, I donate generously to various charity events. I also want to make clear that the only reason I do this is because I want to. It gives me pleasure knowing that I am donating money to good causes. I most certainly do not do it so that I can tell people that I ‘give to charity’. Also, the only reason I am saying it in this email is to make clear that I do not take all my money and waste it on pointless luxuries.