Monday, 5 January 2015

Controversy and Katie Hopkins

Scandals sell. That's how the media operates. Those with loud opinions that go against the status quo will always gain attention. That is why comedian Frankie Boyle has so many Twitter followers: his controversial "joke" tweets about current affairs, such as the Jimmy Savile revelations, are retweeted by thousands of people due to their shocking nature.

And that, my friends, is also why Katie Hopkins has been all over the news as of late.

The columnist / businesswoman / former contestant on 'The Apprentice' has made herself known in the media in the past few years with her very public opinions. She has appeared on debates on British TV show 'This Morning' arguing her cases; from how she would not employ a person with tattoos to how she chooses her children's friends based on their names. More recently, her tweets are under investigation from police after complaints about her offensive remarks regarding a British nurse contracting ebola.

credit to 'the mirror'
Many, many people loathe Katie Hopkins, myself included. I can't help but feel that she is one of the most intelligent people currently in the public eye.

She understands the media through and through and is playing them for all that they're worth. She understands that the more controversial she becomes, the longer the attention is on her for and therefore the more money she makes. She has raked in thousands from the British media in interview opportunities, TV appearances, the column she has been given in tabloid paper 'The Sun' and best of all, her own television show to prove one of her points. Katie Hopkins has not been shy about how she hates "fat people", so deliberately put on four stones just to prove how easy it is to lose it again.

She is a diabolical person, but that is why she is so successful.

Controversy is what sells nowadays. Controversy is now so common that the British public are yearning for situations and conflicts that are more and more outrageous in the media. We desire gossip about celebrities and we want to know the ins and outs of every scandal. That is the way our culture currently is.

And until that changes, people like Katie Hopkins will continue to make money off the exploitation of celebrity culture, and continue to be in constant limelight because of her horrible remarks.

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