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Does Katie Hopkins deserve a seat at the table?

November 26, 2013

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Most countries seem to have their outrageously, shockingly, unpleasant, bigoted media whores. In the US, it’s Ann Coulter; in New Zealand, it’s Liz Shaw; and here in the UK, we have Katie Hopkins. Lucky us.

Katie Hopkins

“High fives for being a hateful douchebag!”

Katie was a contestant on The Apprentice back in 2007, which she used as a springboard to launch a media career. Even back then she showed her true colours, and those colours were ignorance and privilege. She doesn’t think much of people who watch shopping channels or take paid maternity leave or those with certain names. Or children who are not good enough to play with her own little darlings. How can one tell such a thing?

For me, a name is a shortcut of finding out what class a child comes from and makes me ask: Do I want my children to play with them? When I hear screeched across the playground: “Tyler! Come back ‘ere.” It’s the Tylers, the Charmaines the Chantelles, the Chardonnays. There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that, who are quite a disruptive influence in school and that’s why I don’t like those kind of children. I tend to think that children who have intelligent names tend to have fairly intelligent parents and they make much better playdates for my children.

Oh, yeah, and fat people.

Sorry, I got sidetracked there. She really doesn’t like fat people. She hates to see them “waddling into boardrooms.” Earlier this year, she went on breakfast television and said she would never hire an “obese” person because they would “give the wrong impression” of her business. She told the UK’s Sun newspaper, “I need people to look energetic, professional and efficient. If you are obese you look lazy.”

Bless.

She also thinks “overweight” kids need to be told they are fat. And that parents are to blame for creating these “monsters” and that we need to bring back “normal.” I’m not going to link to her. This was on Huffington Post UK if you want to read it. I wouldn’t if I were you.

Verity Brown, 2013 Miss Plus Size International

Verity Brown, 2013 Miss Plus Size International

Which brings me right up to date. A couple of days ago, the Miss BBW International and Plus Size Awards were held in London. Unsurprisingly, Katie was nominated for a Cream Cake Award (you know, like a Razzie), an anti-award for sizeist bigots. Slightly more surprisingly, Katie was invited to attend to pick up her award.

And here’s where it gets a bit surreal: she accepted.

She went along and accepted her award with grace and good humour. Nah, just kidding. She live tweeted during the event about how unacceptable fat people were and how even the water on the tables fled at the horror of seeing plus-sized women in bathing costumes during the swimwear segment of Miss BBW.

Katie Hopkins swimwear Miss BBW

And in response to the winner’s words of support and self-acceptance, this:

Katie Hopkins Miss BBW have to change

There was a bit of a Twitter storm over this. The Award organisers were a little stunned, noting that all categories are voted by the public and that all nominees are allowed to attend. Hmm.

I always have a lot of respect for actors and filmmakers who go to pick up their Razzies. It shows a person who doesn’t take themselves too seriously and can admit that sometimes they just don’t get it right. (BTW, follow that link and check out the quote from J. David Shapiro collecting his “Worst Film of the Decade” award for Battlefield Earth in 2010 for a perfect example.)

But this is a bit different. These awards, both the beauty and industry ones, are about celebrating the plus-sized community. They’re saying, yes, we can also be beautiful (let’s not get into normative Western cultural ideals of beauty right now), and yes, we are human beings (no, really, we are!) and we deserve magazines that cater to us; designers who make clothes that fit us and allow us to express ourselves and our bodies unashamedly; and newspapers that do not insult and denigrate us on a daily basis. Can you imagine any other award where “Most Supportive Newspaper” gets a shout out?

This event is about acceptance, at least as a first step, and ultimately about celebration of we larger gals as fellow members of the human race. I am all for a Cream Cake Award, being rather partial to the occasional chocolate eclair myself (probably why I’m so fat, right, Katie?). I imagine one of the biggest problems with this category is being able to narrow it down to just one winner. But I think an exception should be made to the invitation policy for this award. Unlike the Golden Raspberry Award, the winners of the Cream Cake Award are not poking fun at themselves. They are poking much worse at others. They are bigoted, prejudiced, discriminatory. They are offensive to all decent people, and they do not deserve a place at the table for an event that celebrates our very right to exist, let alone to excel.

Ms. H took to Twitter to reply in typical fashion:

Katie Hopkins you're fat

You know what, Katie? Yes, I am. I really am. Every since I stopped listening to people like you. Ever since I stopped believing people like you. Ever since I stopped thinking the same way as people like you. I have never been happier. And I have no room for you at my table.

Never Diet Again Sigs

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Pyctsi permalink
    November 26, 2013 10:44 am

    Not so much a has been as a never was, she’s looking for any reason to get attention as she has difficulty dealing with a real world and wants things handed to her on a platter.

    I suspect it’d take years of counselling to get her to a place where she is happy enough with her lot in life that she doesn’t need to tear down others to feel better, either that or a fuckton of training so she’s actually competent at something and can go off and be productive and lead a fulfilling life that way. Either way she’s totally plugged into the any publicity is good publicity, personally I think we should make a little enclave for her and Samantha Brick and they can love all over each other in private.

    • November 26, 2013 11:10 am

      Ah yes, I forgot Samantha Brick. We are indeed doubly blessed. But she is basically an offence to womankind in general. I don’t think she particularly has it out for the fatties – correct me if I’m wrong. We probably don’t even exist in her world.

  2. nikki0621 permalink
    November 26, 2013 11:39 am

    She managed to turn the whole thing into a complete farce- yes have the award but don’t invite her to the event. What shocked me more was the reaction of the organisers on twitter they couldn’t or didn’t want to understand why everyone was so annoyed in fact they got all defensive when a simply apology would have gone a long way.

  3. vesta44 permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:00 pm

    Too bad that Cream Cake Award wasn’t an actual cream cake. Then when she came up to accept it, it could have been shoved into her face and she could have worn it home. Or maybe it should have been in the form of a hand, flying “the bird”, so she’d have a perpetual “fuck you” reminder of just how much she isn’t liked and how insignificant she really is.

    • November 26, 2013 2:20 pm

      I LOOOOVE these ideas. We should suggest these to the organising committee for next year!

  4. November 26, 2013 2:02 pm

    My husband, who actually watches The Apprentice, reckons she’s the adult equivalent of some of the kids on Supernanny. That is, they’ve learned that having tantrums gets them attention, so they do it all the more. Ignoring her would be the way to go, but unfortunately, the media isn’t about to do that; they lap up people like this.

    This was also in the news a while back:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-24755600

    ….while I’m not a fan of the idea of burning *anyone* in effigy, I think her reaction to it speaks volumes about how out of touch she is with what people actually think of her.

    Also, I totally read that sentence as ‘narrow it down to just one whiner’.

    • November 26, 2013 2:21 pm

      Lol. Works either way. She has 77,000 followers on twitter. And her feed is full of people telling her how wonderful she is. Who are these people? And are they allowed to vote? Or procreate? I despair.

  5. Dizzyd permalink
    November 26, 2013 6:45 pm

    She wouldn’t hire an ‘obese’ person? She needn’t have bothered flapping her gums since no self-respecting fatty would walk into her office to crap on the floor. (Hey, now THERE’S an idea!) Unfortunately, buffoons like this appeal to the knuckle-dragging demographic so they’ll always have like-minded idiots to surround themselves with. Let’s hope people just tire of her and she goes away – FAR away. (BTW, attacking fat kids and calling them ‘monsters’ – yeah. Real classy. Crawl back down your hole, troll).

  6. Dizzyd permalink
    November 26, 2013 7:27 pm

    BTW, Vesta – too funny! But what a waste of a perfectly good cake. I wouldn’t want her at my table either. (Heck, I’d say I wouldn’t want her in my backyard eating out of the dog dish even, but I’m trying to be nice! : p)

    • vesta44 permalink
      November 26, 2013 11:35 pm

      Doesn’t have to be a real, edible cream cake, could be a fake, shaving cream cake. Even more appropriate for her, I’d say, as it wouldn’t have any calories.

  7. November 27, 2013 12:07 pm

    Childish though it may be, can we just spam her twitter feed with links to HAES articles and size acceptance shit? Fuuuck you Hopkins for existing.

  8. lifeonfats permalink
    November 27, 2013 6:05 pm

    I heard someone say that Kim Kardashian would go to the opening of an envelope if she were invited to it. I think the same could be said for Hatie, uh, I mean, Katie Hopkins. Another self-absorbed twit who has jumped on the bandwagon of hating fat people because it’s the in thing to do now. I don’t know why the media latches on to these awful women like Hopkins, Coulter and Meme Roth (who apparently has gone to live under a rock and thank god for that) as some kind of life expert. Yeah they’re blonde, yeah, they’re socially acceptable attractive but that’s about it. A rubber band has more depth.

  9. Dizzyd permalink
    December 1, 2013 4:59 pm

    Now that I think about it, the correct answer to the title question should be “No, Katie Hopkins deserves a kick in the ass!”

  10. December 7, 2013 5:05 am

    Urgh. She looks like what would happen if Ann Coulter and MeMe Roth had a child, and acts like it too.

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