Saturday, 6 July 2013

What Katie did.


So you’ve all seen it, or at last check more than 7 million of us had seen it. The moment when Katie Hopkins decried the first names of children as it places them in a bracket, which determines, in her opinion, badly parented children. That is a generous summary of her words.

If you haven’t seen it it’s here 

Katie has a chequered career in terms of what is referred to as “outspoken opinions” This label is applied more usually to women than to men.

Brendan O’Neill favours it and it is most rewarding when applied to the dual functions of PR and career goals. This is an anecdotal reference. There is no science applied here, it just always seems to me rather like the adult equivalent of a toddler in meltdown, learning that if he or she screams long enough and loud enough this will reap rewards.

Negative attention when you receive no attention, will suffice.

It’s not necessary for me to highlight all of the many flaws in Katie Hopkins theory of status and names, behaviour and class. These thoughts are being sensibly broached and discarded widely across social media and actual media spectrum. 

They just make no sense. Comments on Twitter range from outraged to amused but in terms of the facts of the matter, writers such as Caitlin Moran and Ricky Gervais (both tweeting their thoughts) prove that irrespective of a million "Hopkin's theories of nonsense", background is no barrier to attainment, talent and wealth.

Rather more, we need to look to ourselves and the many thousands who are following Hopkins in, I suppose, a rubbernecking mentality of what will she say next?

In Katie's case it was to make personal comments about Caitlin Moran, which is as predictable as it is dull. Go big or go home Katie and if you can’t match, or best her wit, personal attack really is no substitute.

Katie’s comments may be shocking to many but for me as the parent of children with autism they really aren’t at all new.  Inclusion brings many good things but if you think having a name is a problem to some, then try having a condition which is actually different. Man you quickly learn then what it means to be singled out and bullied.

As a parent with children who have autism, I’m most of all saddened by Katie's comments because not only do they indicate the type of commenting her children must hear on a daily basis but that ultimately her children will have to pay the price for their mother's verbal ambition.

Because if anyone thinks they will not be bullied because of this, they’re wrong. Nothing impacts on education more than being bullied; nothing marks you out for bullying more than being "different" and nothing marks you out as different, more than having a parent who everyone hates.

Is being "Hatey Katie" really so lucrative?


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