I’ve posted before about how deeply annoyed I get with people who flippantly dismiss illnesses like depression as if they are not real, or in need of medicine. I made it clear that it is close to the top of my list of pet peeves, and so of course when I saw this exchange on my FB feed I shared it immediately, taking heart that it had gone viral not for the pseudoscientific drivel, but for the epic response underneath.
Spoken like a true Gryffindor good sir/madam. I shared it, then I sort of forgot about it.
After a few days of likes and a revisiting of the post, I realized that I had no idea who Katie Hopkins was. I figured she must be a celebrity, or her name and picture would have been redacted from the meme, but I wanted to be sure. While I agree with vehemently educating anyone who perpetuates such ignorant and dangerous ideas, if she was just a private person with a minor following of friends and family who then became infamous because of a viral takedown, I might feel a little sorry for her. So, to be sure, I googled Katie Hopkins.
Fuck me. I have heard of Katie Hopkins. I just didn’t know her name.
Do you remember the British media personality who went on a rant about migrants during the whole Brexit thing, calling them cockroaches and saying that the EU should either save money and let them all drown or, if they must send ships, to send ones with guns on them to shoot drowning migrants in the sea? That was her.
She’s a stauch supporter of Donald Trump and was virtually the only British person to perpetuate the Republican Party’s ridiculous fabrication of the existence of “no-go zones” for non-Muslims in the UK, though luckily British journalists know how to do their jobs, and finally got her to admit that she cannot name any.
Every article I read about her seemed to include either a photo gallery or a video compilation of the most horrible things she has said, and they’re pretty bad.
After a short look into her media persona I have to admit, all things considered, her stupid uninformed opinions on depression are not even close to the worst thing she has ever said.
And to think I almost felt sorry for the amount of ridicule she was getting. Turns out, she’s the British Ann Coulter, in every single way. They look alike, they sound alike, and I’m pretty sure that 80% of the crap they say is just to get attention in the form of righteous outrage. They are two blonde troll queens, and I think I’ll go back to ignoring both of them again.