Yesterday Katie Hopkins was involved in yet another media hype when Twitter announced that she was permanently banned from her platform.
The social media site said it booted for “violations of our hateful behavior policy.”
Katie Hopkins became famous in 2007 in Alan Zucker’s The Apprentice.
She developed into an outspoken media personality – with strong right-wing views.
She often spoke out against immigrants and Muslim personalities, including racial and class issues. The mirror reports.
Hopkins was hired by The Sun as a columnist in 2013, where she wrote on a number of topics in which she held some strong right-wing positions.
In 2015, she wooed great controversy with an article describing migrants traveling across the Mediterranean to find refuge as “cockroaches”.
Hopkins wrote: “Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches.
“They may look a little like Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia around 1984, but they’re built to survive an atomic bomb. They’re survivors.”
After her much-criticized tenure at The Sun, Hopkins switched to MailOnline in 2015 for a two-year contract.
This job also ended in explosive controversy when she mistakenly accused two Muslim men of not being allowed to fly to the United States because of ties to the Al Qaeda terrorist organization.
The article was quickly removed from the website and the Daily Mail Group had to apologize, pay damages and pay the legal costs of the lawsuit against them.
Hopkins also apologized via Twitter – at 2 a.m.
In 2015, she also received her own chat show on TLC titled “When Katie Hopkins Ruled the World,” which was canceled after a series due to low ratings.
Hopkins split from MailOnline in 2017 because their contract was not renewed, which apparently was a mutual decision.
Between April 2016 and May 2017, Katie shared her strong views on radio waves on LBC with her own talk show on Sunday morning.
This role came to an abrupt end when she sparked anger over a tweet she wrote after the Manchester Arena bombings.
In May 2017, she wrote on Twitter: “22 deaths – increasing. Schofield. Don’t even dare. Don’t be part of the problem. We need a final solution, Machester.”
She then added: “Typo / wording changed”.
Hopkins, however, deleted the offensive post.
Hopkins was reported to the Metropolitan Police for her online statements and separated from LBC.
The broadcaster announced: “LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC with immediate effect.”
Not long after, Katie appeared in Fox News, where she spoke out against the “silence” of right-wing views that “call for action”.
Katie’s strong comments, which continued to be divisive on her Twitter account, soon came back to haunt her.
In 2017, she lost a lawsuit with cook and writer Jack Monroe over a tweet Hopkins wrote in 2015.
She tweeted to Jack: “Lately scribbled on any monuments? Destroyed the memory of those who fought for your freedom. Grandma has more medals?”
Jack soon replied: “I NEVER ‘scribbled on a memorial’. Brother in the RAF. Dad was a para in the Falkland Islands. You’re a piece of S ***.”
Hopkins further admitted there was a case of false identity, but Jack wanted more than that admission.
Jack tweeted: “Dear @KTHopkins, public apology + £ 5K for rescuing migrants and I will not complain. It will be cheaper for you and satisfactory for me.”
When Hopkins refused to give Monroe what she wanted, Jack sued her for defamation in 2016.
The case was resolved when it was decided that Hopkins would pay £ 24,000 in damages and £ 107,000 for Jack’s legal expenses.
As a result of these costs, Hopkins was forced to sell her Exeter house for £ 930,000 and to apply for an individual voluntary arrangement to prevent bankruptcy.
However, her continued presence on Twitter led to feuds with other celebrities and public figures, including pop star Lily Allen, former Celebrity Big Brother co-star Katie Price, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Hopkins is accused of advocating views that critics have described as Islamophobic, racist, classicist, and misogynistic.
But it wasn’t until June 2020 that Twitter decided to permanently remove Hopkins’ account.
Twitter revealed: “Twitter security is our top priority – abuse and hateful behavior have no place in our service and we will continue to take action if our rules are violated.”
They didn’t reveal what specific tweets had been the last straw, but it seems their continual release of offensive content sealed the fate of their Twitter.