The ability of the Pundit Establishment’s less knowledgeable members to pretend that they know everything about everything, only for them to come up short once again, knows no bounds. And one pundit who consistently shows she knows rather less than she likes to pretend is self-promotion artist Julia Hartley Brewer of Murdoch outlet TalkRADIO, now firmly established as the Waitrose Katie Hopkins.
We know who you are, thanksWhile waiting for that all-important letter from the taxman to arrive, Ms Hartley Dooda discovered something called a “Safe Space” at the Labour Party Conference, and so immediately set about mocking it, rather than engaging brain and finding out why it had been provided. From there it all went, predictably, downhill.
She showed the “Safe Space” to the world, taking the time to put out a brief video of her occupying the space, to the clear detriment of anyone needing to use it (the shock of encountering Ms Hartley Dooda in a safe space could have been seriously traumatic). “Comrades, if you’re feeling triggered at the Labour Party conference, don’t worry, we’ve found the official #SafeSpace... #Lab2018” she trilled. Laugh? I thought I’d never start.
John Hill was not impressed. “Oh piss off! And this is from an ACTUAL Autistic person! We are protected by something called the Equality Act. You’re protected by wealth and entitlement, so away with you!!!” Julia doesn’t encounter autism, though.
So she probably thinks it’s not really there. One Labour Party member was even less impressed: “The safe space at the conference is for people attending who suffer from Autism to get away from the large crowds you absolute fucking parcel”. There was more.
Dave Evans asked “It's for people with autism who struggle with crowds. You're comfortable mocking people with autism? Does your employer think this is ok?”.
Well, her employer is Rupert Murdoch, so probably not. In any case, Ms Hartley Dooda had decided to double down on her lack of respect: “Get a grip, snowflakes”.
One Tweeter attempted to reason with her and make her more knowledgeable: “Hi Julia, seeing as you don't seem to understand why safe spaces exist, you should really check out @scope and @MindCharity to find out what they are before deciding to openly mock them”. But although she might have heard the message, she wasn’t listening.
April Preston showed that disgust at Ms Hartley Dooda was a cross-party matter (she’s a Lib Dem): “You’re either deliberately confusing safe spaces and university no-platforming discourse or you have no knowledge on such a complex sex of symptoms. As a ASD carer I stand with labour on this and hope you never have to use one. Shame on you”.
And David Turner simply added “As a father of a child with Aspergers I well understand the concept of ‘safe space’. This is the kind of tweet I would expect from Katie Hopkins. Shame on you JHB”. There was plenty more in the same vein.
The one thing you have to understand about Julia Hartley Dooda is that Julia Hartley Dooda doesn’t understand. I’ll just leave that one there.
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