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Katie Hopkins’ Controversial Comments Should Not Be Ignored

Katie Hopkins is an English television personality and newspaper columnist who has made a career out of her controversial comments. She rose to fame on the 2009 series of BBC’s The Apprentice and has now earned a reputation as one of Britain’s most loathed celebrities.

From her controversial opinions on fat people to claiming to an ITV reporter at UKIP’s annual conference that the photo of drowned Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi was “staged”.

She said: “I think that what happened with the refugee crisis was that everyone saw a photo – you know, they were very upset by that staged photo – and they wanted to do something about it to make themselves feel better.

Early on Tuesday morning, the former Apprentice star sparked a public outcry after posting a tweet about the Black Lives Matter movement when sharing the poster for the new Netflix series, Dear White People.

Hopkins later deleted the message, but not before offended followers had taken screenshots and shared the post, which can be seen below.

Hopkins,  who also presents a Sunday morning talk show on LBC radio(Leading Britain’s Conversation), commonly posts offensive remarks on social media and it is clearly shown that she was making a dig at the Black Lives Matter Movement and making a mockery of the show. Hopkins made a poor move by tweeting this message alongside the poster for the Netflix series. She automatically assumed that the series is being prejudiced against white people and is anti-white without even watching it.

Justin Simien, the writer and director of the series, Dear White People, has clearly said in interviews what the show is truly about yet people still feel the need to be offended. Simien said he felt inspired to continue the story after his 2014 movie, ‘Dear White People’ because of how so much of the world sees black and minority America as pre-defined by stereotypes.

“I made this project because the thing is, it’s really tricky to figure out who you are in a society where your identity has already been decided for you,” Simien said.”This show is about tackling these ideas of identity and self through a black lens that hopefully tells a universal story that everybody can sink their teeth into.”

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Zoë is a nineteen-year-old from England currently living in New York for university studying Public Relations. Zoë is a lover of all music genres especially alternative R&B, UK Grime and Korean music.

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