We're all used to Katie Hopkins, Britain's star motormouth, causing a stir on social media. What we're not so used to is those on the receiving end of her spite taking action against her. Journalist Jack Monroe we salute you.
Hopkins is facing a hefty bill after Monroe started legal proceedings against her. Hopkins allegedly accused Monroe of sympathising with the vandalisation of a war memorial on Twitter, in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
In May 2015 New Statesman contributing editor Laurie Penny shared an image of the women of World War Two memorial in central London with the graffiti "F*** Tory Scum" scrawled across it.
"I don't have a problem with this," Penny wrote. "The bravery of past generations does not oblige us to be cowed today."
Hopkins then tweeted Monroe saying, "scrawled on any memorials recently? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom. Grandma got any more medals?"
"I have NEVER 'scrawled on a memorial'," Monroe responded on Twitter. "Brother in the RAF. Dad was a Para in the Falklands. You're a piece of s***." The freelance writer asked Hopkins to remove the tweet, threatening legal action if she didn't, as well as make a public apology and donate £5,000 to a refugee rescue charity.
No apology was forthcoming — although Hopkins' tweet was later deleted — and although the Daily Mail columnist admitting to getting Monroe and Penny mixed up she went on to insult both writers again posting, "Can someone explain to me — in 10 words or less — the difference between irritant @PennyRed and social anthrax @MsJackMonroe".
This week The Guardian reported that Monroe has confirmed the legal action but made no further comment on the matter. It's believed that she is seeking up to £50,000 for the online slur.
Last month it was reported that Hopkins' chat show If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World (gah — heaven forbid) hasn't been commissioned for a second series on Discovery's female-focused TLC channel.
Only 69,000 viewers watched the first episode, a fraction of Hopkins' large social media following which includes more than 600,000 Twitter users.
During the show the former The Apprentice wannabe called an audience member a "raging angry fat person in a pink dress" and told columnist Liz Jones she looked "weird." It billed Hopkins as "Britain's most hated woman" and a "professional provocateur."
Which it seems just isn't what people want to see on their TV screens.
It's rare for any public figures to align themselves with Hopkins and her abhorrent views but one person who is in her corner is American businessman Donald Trump, who is running for the Presidential candidacy for the Republican party. In December he said: "The politicians of the U.K. should watch Katie Hopkins… many people in the U.K. agree with me."
Sorry, Mr. Trump, but we really don't.
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