Things are looking up for pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins, who has received some good news: “Controversial television personality Katie Hopkins has been cleared by police following a series of tweets that referred to Scots as 'sweaty jocks’ … The Sun columnist made the comments after Pauline Cafferkey, from Cambuslang, in South Lanarkshire, contracted Ebola”. Not sure about the “personality” bit, mind.
Viewers may want to look away now
Yes, Ms Hopkins got away with that one, as she got away - thus far - with her bigoted response to the refugee crises around the Mediterranean, her Holocaust-tinged smear of Mil The Younger’s wife Justine, and calling a nine year old with mild autism a “twat”. So this week it has been full steam ahead for the Hopkins offence machine, telling anyone who she deems overweight that they are going to die.
“Proud fatties aren’t beach body ready … they’re body bag ready” sneered the headline in her latest Sun column, as she ranted “Just because they have decided to shove half the fridge in their faces and are proud of their bodies, we are supposed to fall about applauding their bravery”. Er, who? “Even on Britain’s Got Talent most of the acts are morbidly obese”. Dunno, I never watch that crap.
It’s certainly a novel approach: watching shows just so you can rant about how the participants don’t meet your particular expectations. Viewing just for hating. And it isn’t just those who are on the telly: “And quieten down you thudding great journalists (Bryony Gordon) banging on about how proud you are of your gigantean [?] body … Your over-eating is killing you, softly”. Thank goodness there is only one of her.
Well, that’s no longer true, unless you ignore the USA. Because Katie Hopkins’ brand of shameless attention seeking has, it seems, crossed the North Atlantic. Over in New York City, the desperation of one fading right-wing rent-a-rant has led to her becoming a disciple of the Hopkins Fat Hate Club: step forward Ann Coulter, whom Breitbart likes to call a “10-time New York Times bestselling author”, but is in reality way past her best.
Ann Coulter ... even more desperate
Annie - who has previously asserted that school shootings would soon be a thing of the past if all the children attending them were armed - has been telling how things would be if she were put in charge of the USA’s immigration system. “When I’m in charge of immigration (after our 10 year moratorium), I will not admit overweight girls” she announced. Yes, she’s even more desperate than Ms Hopkins.
That was on the same show where “Coulter was asked by undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant Gaby Pacheco whether she could give Coulter a hug as ‘as a sign of my humanity and yours’ … Coulter rejected the request, saying she had a cold”. You could easily imagine Katie Hopkins reacting in the same way, given her likening of refugees to “cockroaches” recently. But it must be reassuring to know Katie has at least one friend.
Few in the USA take Ann Coulter seriously, though. The future for Katie Hopkins?
Is it technically possible to be "cleared by police"? Surely you are cleared by a magistrate or jury after the police have brought charges?
What seems to have happened here is that police have decided they couldn't find any law to charge Hopkins under - but that doesn't mean they agree with her, they might be wishing they had more powers.
Neil Wallis claimed last year to have been cleared too but it was just the DPP didn't think there was enough evidence to prosecute at that time according to their press release. If the police don't press charges and there could be many reasons why they don't there doesn't seem a case for a criminal prosecution. I believe Grant Shapps also claimed he was in the clear after the police found there was a potential case for fraud over his business activities but decided against pressing charges.
We are left to speculate as to to the whys? and the wherefores? It quite possibly pays to have friends in high places?
Send priests next time to compel her by the power of christ to stfu.
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