If you've never heard of Katie Hopkins, conservative U.K. "media personality and conspiracy theorist," prepare for a nauseating introduction. Hopkins is known across the pond for her intolerant rhetoric and baseless accusations made in support of her conspiracy-related beliefs. On November 12, she tweeted the following bigoted nonsense:
Again, no competition. You can’t buy class. https://t.co/Kg9IHedSLY— Katie Hopkins (@Katie Hopkins)1542078990.0
In her post, Hopkins compares Duchesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Markle recently married into the royal family through Prince Harry, and has attracted huge amounts of negative attention from racists everywhere as the first black member of British royalty. In Hopkins's picture, she wears a similar Remembrance Day outfit to Middleton, which Hopkins cites as evidence of Middleton having more "class." It's not hard to see what she's insinuating:
@KTHopkins Hi, Katie. If not race, what are you basing this on? Feels racist as hell. But maybe that’s just beca… https://t.co/6jmakNM6KA— Jack Coleman (@Jack Coleman)1542433922.0
@KTHopkins Interesting that the only major thing different about them here for you to compare is their race🤔— ce✨ (@ce✨)1542142908.0
But one Twitter user decided to leave Hopkins absolutely devastated. After losing a libel lawsuit to Jack Monroe (she was spreading lies about him on Twitter), Hopkins was forced to pay a massive settlement and, as a result, is now facing bankruptcy. The whole situation makes her "can't buy class" statement a bit ironic...
@KTHopkins You can’t buy anything 😭😭 @EtxrnalAtake https://t.co/UqlngpGuE5— Liam Duffy (@Liam Duffy)1542224990.0
The exchange was witnessed by none other that American media personality Chrissy Teigen, who could hardly contain her delighted shock.
Oh. Oh my. https://t.co/WS6sxCP43i— christine teigen (@christine teigen)1542512877.0
@KTHopkins I mean even if you could, you wouldn’t be able to afford it? 🤷🏻♂️🥳 https://t.co/JaxAqyP97X— Hunzo™️ (@Hunzo™️)1542141698.0
Twitter ate the burn up like a delicious pastry:
@liberal_leftie @AnneWheaton @chrissyteigen https://t.co/opzb07BHXU— Kristine Laraway🌷 (@Kristine Laraway🌷)1542550992.0
@LiamDuffy2003 @KTHopkins @EtxrnalAtake https://t.co/mgk87uUO3R— CanerdianGirl (@CanerdianGirl)1542418150.0
@TheJackColeman @KTHopkins https://t.co/8K0h7zWgUI— Russell Davis (@Russell Davis)1542435578.0
@chrissyteigen Let's not forget this gem. https://t.co/EA3sFfYxL0— Blair Einfeldt (@Blair Einfeldt)1542514480.0
If you feel you recognize Hopkins from somewhere else, it may be from this viral picture-set (she's the one who doesn't remember India is a country).
@unfoRETTAble @chrissyteigen this sums her up nicely https://t.co/zIwxJ5CXI4— jordan (@jordan)1542561028.0
Or you may recognize her from the time she got caught having sex in a field with a married man (now her husband). If anyone knows class, it's Katie Hopkins!
@KTHopkins Lol. https://t.co/CXGHTE441G— Jake Ellery (@Jake Ellery)1542320863.0
@KTHopkins Again, no competition. You can’t buy class. https://t.co/75B2YFnpKJ— Will Chich (@Will Chich)1542299754.0
@KTHopkins Wow, but you’re really and truly terrible.— (((David Lytle))) (@(((David Lytle))))1542415052.0
You may also recognize her from the video at Brunel University where a crowd of students came to an event she was appearing at, waited until she started talking, then walked out en masse.
That awesome moment when Katie Hopkins gave a speech at Brunel University & everyone waited until she started to sp… https://t.co/mV7bE2KQ8s— Britgirl Hates Brexit ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) #FBPE (@Britgirl Hates Brexit ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) #FBPE )1542207575.0
@rcacciola2506 @MarieAnnUK November 2015, Here is a news article about it https://t.co/DAYipdc7c7— Jules itsamadworld #FBPE 🇪🇺🇬🇧🇫🇷 #The5Million (@Jules itsamadworld #FBPE 🇪🇺🇬🇧🇫🇷 #The5Million)1542209492.0
@MarieAnnUK This sort of calm dignified protest is far more effective than noisy shouting, name calling etc which people like her thrive on.— Patrick O'Donnell-Irish & pro EU, USA yes Trump no (@Patrick O'Donnell-Irish & pro EU, USA yes Trump no)1542208629.0
Or this fact check that made clear who exactly she was:
@chrissyteigen She also starred in the greatest newspaper fact check in history - https://t.co/sQmTyMLWWo— Hasse Erbine (@Hasse Erbine)1542519354.0
Or this clip of her defending well-known unstable conspiracy theorist Alex Jones:
My heart to heart with Alex Jones of https://t.co/WR9uHSeC9F will be posting soon. There is a side you really are n… https://t.co/P7YmLdEX2X— Katie Hopkins (@Katie Hopkins)1542576334.0
Or this tweet from just two days ago, November 17, when she openly mocked people of other races and posted a photo of herself in a fake niqab. Her behavior is truly shameful.
Looking forward to taking to the stage at #RestorationWeekend “I am a proud straight, white, Christian Conservati… https://t.co/hPf1GsWcq6— Katie Hopkins (@Katie Hopkins)1542469189.0
@KTHopkins Just when I thought you couldn’t get any worse...— Victoria Burton (@Victoria Burton)1542480623.0
@KTHopkins This is so unbelievably wrong for so many reasons— Emily Ball (@Emily Ball)1542515150.0
Katie Hopkins is an example of the racism and hate that can fester through our media landscape if we aren't vigilant enough to shut it down when we recognize it for what it is. People who base their entire presence on bigotry should not be given a seat at the table of cultural discourse.