Practising Freedom of Speech or A Professional Troll?

The Reality TV Star turned resident Rent-a-Gob, Katie Hopkins has some of the most controversial views around, from airing her thoughts on a child’s name having a direct link to working out what class that child comes from “Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine. I hear; Hi I’m thick and ignorant.” to criticising breastfeeding mothers at Costa for “putting me off my latte” its clear that she doesn’t care about being politically correct but most of all she doesn’t give a rats backside about offending people, and offending them in their masses.

The more controversy she breeds the more public interest she receives. Basically Katie Hopkins has made a career out of being outrageously offensive. Yes she is entitled to an opinion, we all are. And yes she is free to voice, air and tweet her views, but at what point does this become trolling?

After news broke that the co-pilot responsible for the Germanwings plane tragedy, which claimed the lives of 150 people, was suffering from depression, Katie unleashed a twitter storm with an array of tweets dubbing depression as the “holy grail of illnesses” that can be magically cured with fresh air and going for a run. (Turns out this co-pilot was in fact an avid runner, it seems Dr Katie’s drug of choice isn’t one size fits all)

So other than making herself look completely ignorant (maybe her middle name is Charmaine) and quite frankly stupid, she is trying to trivialise an illness that society is only just starting to except as just that, a genuine illness. I acknowledge there is a difference between feeling low and depression and I can imagine that there are some people claiming to be suffering from this mental health issue when perhaps they are just going through a bit of a tough time, but despite this I feel the reason that there is more cases of depression now, is because people are no longer stigmatised from being diagnosed with a mental health illness. It is acceptable to acknowledge you need support when you are depressed, and admitting you need help for something that is affecting your ability to function properly in every day life surely isn’t a bad thing!

I struggle to see with the amount of readily available information we have at our disposal how anyone can be so narrow minded. Her view points are outdated, sexist, borderline racist, discriminatory, inappropriate and nearly always untrue, with that I hope that anyone who is unlucky enough to read or hear her opinions realise that there is little point in taking offence of her warped sense of freedom of speech, after all it’s coming from someone whose ambition in life was to be a CEO of a large global company by the age of 40, when her reality is achieving the award for UK’s most hated woman.

I believe that Katie Hopkins purposely publishes hateful views on subjects she knows very little about, in hope that the outrage that follows her latest tweet will gain her 15 minutes air time on a daytime television programme. How very pitiful, I almost feel sorry for her….

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