Reality TV contestant turned journalist Katie Hopkins issued some sharp criticism about obese people saying they appear to be “sloven” in nature and unfit for employment.
Hopkins also said she will not allow her children to associate with those who bear lower-class names such as Tyler and Chantelle.
Hopkins believes she is merely expressing bold politically incorrect opinions with no fear of the consequences.
“A name, for me, is a short way of working out what class that child comes from,” Hopkins said during an appearance on ITV’s This Morning “[And I can decide from that] do I want my child to play with them?”
“A name, for me, is a short way of working out what class that child comes from,” Hopkins said. “[And I can decide from that] do I want my child to play with them?”
This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield challenged her opinions, with the former asking why Hopkins wouldn’t want her children to play with “lower class” kids.
“It’s not just class…There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that. They are quite a disruptive influence at school. That’s why I don’t like those sort of children,” Hopkins said, adding that such kids probably didn’t do their homework and were unlikely to have “good prospects”.
She said: “I target children that I think will be a good influence and curtail friendships with children I think will drag them down.”
Hopkins is taking a lot of heat for the comments. A video clip of her going on about her strong opinions has been posted on YouTube and has received nearly eight million views.
Author Anna May Mangan, who was also a guest on This Morning, branded Hopkins’ remarks “snort-worthy”, adding: “I can’t believe that you’re such an insufferable snob.”
“Working class children are doing incredibly well at school. For you to categorise them by their names – which they didn’t even choose – is cruel, snooty and unkind and so old fashioned,” Mangan said.
In the face of intense criticism, Hopkins remains stoic.
She said she strongly believes that the name given to a child is a fast path to understanding their upbringing and background. In short, using a child’s name alone is an indication if they come from an upscale environment or the low village, so to speak.