Sacking Katie Hopkins for her vile column is not the answer but staying silent might be

“NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care. Because the next minute you’ll show me pictures of aggressive young men at Calais, spreading like norovirus on a cruise ship.”

Wow. I’m genuinely speechless reading this. How can anyone have so little compassion for humanity? Grouping migrants who die trying to get to the UK, with “aggressive” migrants arriving at Calais is unfortunately what uneducated people do when they want to blame ‘foreigners’ for all our problems. Migrants are just people like us; every person is different. You can’t say that every migrant is aggressive, criminal, rude and so on, because it’s just not true.

A child held by a rescue worker at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo after a boat carrying migrants heading to Italy capsized a few weeks ago, killing over 900 people. Copyright: AP
A child held by a rescue worker at the Sicilian harbour of Pozzallo after a boat carrying migrants capsized a few weeks ago off the coast of Libya, killing over 900 people. Copyright: AP

Katie Hopkins, the writer of the above quoted article, is paid to be controversial. Being controversial is literally her job, so why are people still surprised when she spurts out vile comments that inherently go against our common empathy for others? I don’t know but what I do know is that trying to get her sacked for calling migrants “cockroaches” will not solve anything. The only thing that could teach her a lesson would be silence. Silence from the keyboards and mouths of the public reading her columns or watching her on This Morning. Because silence means no publicity for her which means no money and THAT means no Katie Hopkins.

I don’t believe that the opinions she wrote in the column are truly all her own. She knows that unless she really riles people she’ll be out of a job, as people won’t care about what she has to say anymore. So what she has probably done is thought of the most evil things someone could possible say about migrants and then claimed these to be her own opinions.

Rescuers trying to locate survivors of the boat that capsized a few weeks ago, killing over 900 migrants. Copyright: EPA
Rescuers trying to locate survivors of the boat that capsized a few weeks ago, killing over 900 migrants. Copyright: EPA

But if these indeed are her own opinions then whether we like it or not she is entitled to them because this is a ‘free country’. We can’t just call for her to be sacked because we don’t like her opinion because otherwise on that premise we’d all be out of a job thanks to someone disagreeing with us. But where we seem to have drawn the line is in the fact that she is referencing race and that her words are so hateful that they cannot be consumed as constructive opinions.

“Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit ‘Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984’, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors. Once gunships have driven them back to their shores, boats need to be confiscated and burned on a huge bonfire. Drilling a few holes in the bottom of anything suspiciously resembling a boat would be a good idea, too, just for belt and braces.” This reads like a hate speech. It’s not normal to feel this way about migrants, or anyone else for that matter, and I think if this is her honest opinion then she needs professional help. If this is what she really thinks then she needs to see a counsellor because it’s extremely sad that someone can so easily spout such horrific words; I feel sad for her.

Credit: www.pendie26.com
Credit: http://www.pendie26.com

The thing is this isn’t the first time we’ve seen such prejudice against immigrants, nor will it be the last because unfortunately for a long time the British media have disseminated an unfavourable rhetoric about people who seek sanctuary in the UK. We’re used to seeing front page spreads talking about immigrants the same way you would talk about a disease; spreading throughout the country, apparently causing problems with their unsociable, anti-Western and criminal behaviour. Of course this is nonsense and immigrants are just people like you and me, but the point is is that it’s easy to take out our condemnation and anger at one easily identifiable person (Katie Hopkins) when really we should take it out on the newspapers and their Editors. Maybe then people like Katie Hopkins wouldn’t have the ability to write a column like this again.

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