Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon v Katie Hopkins

I have mentioned a number of times how much I love Twitter - its a great place to meet new people, learn new things, keep up to speed with the world..... 

BUT there are times when it can go very wrong and lead to some very hurtful and upsetting outcomes - its as easy to tweet a picture of a delightful looking cupcake / view of a beautiful beach as it is to send death and rape threats or inexplicable insults to someone....

Katie Hopkins is like marmite. You either love her or hate her. I love marmite but I really despise Katie Hopkins. She is paid a lot of money to appear on television and write in newspapers - making some of the most outrageous statements... last weekend she targeted people with mental illness - here are some examples of what she wrote ....

The truth is, she is doing it for attention and she got exactly what she wanted. The best thing the world could do was to completely ignore it but after reading the above, it was very difficult to do that.

Moving onto Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, who you may not have heard of - they are both successful recording artists in the music industry, who until recently were both judges on the X Factor in New Zealand - but last month they made worldwide news after making some harsh remarks to one of the contestants live on air - they were branded as bullies and fired immediately from the show. See here:




Now is not the time to go into whether or not what they did was wrong / scripted / set up or whether they should / shouldn't have said what they did (I believe there was a lot that went on behind the scenes to create good television - not many people will watch the X Factor in NZ so something had to be done to make it headline news).... 

The point is... Katie Hopkins is allowed to be racist, offensive, abusive, outrageous, insulting..... many people love her for it, she is paid to do it and she can carry on..... Natalia Kills and Willy Moon make upsetting comments and are catapulted into the press, named as bullies and have some of the worlds biggest names in the music industry turning against them (Ed Sheeran, Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell...) declaring they will never work again - forcing the rest of the world to turn on them. In return, they get hate mail, death threats and rape threats... EVEN after they have apologised... these are some of the "better" ones....



My question is: what part of what Katie Hopkins is doing is ok and why is she getting away with it ? I can't stand her. I can't even believe I've bothered to write about her. Having said that, as much as I can't stand her, I would never dream of sending her messages of hate like those that Natalia Kills has received above. 

In more wonderful Twitter news - this made me smile this morning and is why I am glad social media, however dangerous, exists.... 


When I met Nigella in person in November, she knew me by name before I'd even had a chance to introduce myself because we'd "met" on Twitter several times before.... She gets lots of questions over twitter, and more often than not will make time to reply meaningfully and positively like above to many of them. 

I hope I see more of that online as time moves on....

1 comment:

  1. Hey i just read your blog for the first time, also i dont know much about twitter. However after reading your article it seems to be an interesting site. Will be joining you for more updates!

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