Let’s get straight to it; not everybody likes Katie Hopkins, but I might. Out of her 650,000 twitter followers, I’m sure that many merely follow her to scoff at her rudeness, her brashness and her unwillingness to apologise for insulting and hurting people’s feelings. In fact, in 2007, after a poll concerning Hopkin’s articles in Exeter’s Express & Echo, 84% of readers wanted her feature to stop. In addition, a poll conducted by This Morning in the aftermath of her appearance where she said she wouldn’t let her children play with classmates based on their names showed that 91% of participants disagreed with her. Clearly she’s not always a popular commentator. However, it is exactly because of this that she is such a modern heroine in an age of student limp-wristedness. I think moreover that she is one of the most important female icons of the decade for her support of true freedom of speech, her refusal to play ball and be silenced over what she thinks is namby-pamby, wishy-washy P.C nonsense. Areas in which her outspokenness has got her into trouble include Islam, migrants, fat people, the McCann parents and feminism, only some of which I have room to cover. Onwards then, through the boggy mire that is Britain’s uncomfortable discussions.
The definition of a safe space, according to safespacenetwork.tumblr.com/Safespace is “a place where anyone can relax and be able to fully express, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation… or physical or mental ability”. What a damning indictment of the thin-skinned generation our universities are producing. I would have thought that mental ability is exactly how we get through university in terms of exams and testsThe need for students to be in environments that challenge and put us in uncomfortable situations, to reconsider our entrenched viewpoints and look at things from new angles is vital for producing students who will go on to do well in the world. As Hopkins rightly said in an LBC interview “life doesn’t have safe spaces”, something that students would do well to listen to. No platforming is another pathetic act that suggests nothing but a willingness to bury one’s head in the sand at the approach of a difficult or controversial speaker or topic, Germaine Greer and her comments about trans people make a good example. She said, in admittedly crass term, that just because a man gets his penis removed doesn’t make him a woman. This is perfectly true; he would still be biologically male regardless of how female he felt. Yet Greer was set upon and hounded and screamed at for being “grossly offensive” and rude. Here again is the suppression that Hopkins talks about in relation to her debate at the University of Brunel where a large portion of students simply left the room rather than have their precious minds infected by an extreme view of the welfare state. At least at St Andrews we had Louise Richardson, who in my opinion strongly opposed safe spaces in teaching. She said that “education is not meant to be comfortable”, something that goes against the ludicrous idea of safe spaces preventing people from feeling “uncomfortable”.
Many of Hopkin’s articles for the Daily Mail Online concern and confront Islam and the so-called Regressive left and she very rightly keeps pointing out the silliness in the left’s constant defence of Islam every time there has been a terrorist attack, be it in Orlando, Paris or Belgium. The left cannot bear to criticize Islam for fear of being labelled as Islamophobic, so instead it rehashes the “one doesn’t speak for the many”, Yet as Hopkins wrote after the Orlando shooting, “Islam is the problem. A backward religion which does not tolerate the rights of gays is the problem.” When we look at the polls that suggest that around half of British Muslims think that homosexuality should be illegal, we can see that she is right, and perhaps alone in bringing this problem to light. People are too scared to speak out in fear of the twitter lynching and smear campaigns but Hopkins is a beacon of light in such darkness. She offers the left a choice, LGBT rights or Islam. We cannot, she says, tolerate Islam until Islam tolerates gay rights.
In sum, Katie Hopkins is a brave and courageous person to constantly endure the screeches of panic and denial over her insights into the regressive nature of Britain, whether it be the ludicrous acceptance of intolerant religious practices, both Christian and Islamic, the way in which the McCann’s managed to get hold of £11 million of public money while fathers are being prosecuted for leaving their children in a car for two minutes to run into a shop and buy Calpol or her stance on obese people and “plus size” and similar definitions or innuendos as Hopkins puts it. In a country of no-platforming, micro-aggressions and refusals to hear anything uncomfortable, Hopkins is welcome relief. The fact that she challenged the parents of Samantha Packham, who was the youngest person in Britain to die from morbid obesity at the age of 20, who allowed her to take taxis to get more food, is something that only she would be brave enough to do. So hats off to her for countering the increasingly regressive nature of British society by standing tall and facing up to the world. A viewpoint article in the Saint in October 2015 said that a society called “Get women back in the kitchen” would be immediately shut down, rightly according to him. But I say, why stifle such a one sided debate? Let the idiots who really think that women belong in the kitchen to group together so that everyone else knows who they are, for cohesive opposition will surely triumph over censorship.
She’s not the hero we need, she’s the hero we deserve
Not all heroes wear capes