Katie Hopkins Tried to Make a Racist Point — But the Reactions Were Beautiful
Her comments backfired.
Media “personality” Katie Hopkins loves to court controversy. Remember when she called migrants “cockroaches”? Or when she demanded a “final solution” following the Manchester terror attack last year?
She’s never far from her Twitter account — her weapon of choice — and this time she decided to use the social media site to share a video of London’s Edgware Road.
Let’s play guess the country. There is a big red clue in here if you are struggling. pic.twitter.com/FUdJGgwaJt— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) August 23, 2018
“Let’s play guess the country,” she wrote alongside the clip, which has now been viewed over 1.2 million times. “There is a big red clue in here if you are struggling.”
The point she was presumably trying to make was that the shops, cafes, and restaurants that line the street aren’t “British” enough.
But instead of rallying the bigots, the tweet has had a pretty delightful reception. Rather than joining Hopkins in slamming Edgware Roads’ diversity, people have been celebrating it, sharing their best memories of the area, and planning trips to go see it for themselves.
Here are some of our favourite responses:
Katie Hopkins actually played herself. She posted a vid of Edgware Road saying “guess the country” and now dozens of people are planning on going there and eating at the restaurants. This is what makes me proud to be British. She gave them free advertising x— aleesha (@a_leesha1) August 26, 2018
Isn't it just incredible how many different types of food and people and places can be found on a single street? Never been prouder to be British <3 https://t.co/8bOaEQlY7i— Vikki B. (@_vixx) August 25, 2018
I've never been to the Edgware Road but have heard of it. Looks nice and would be nice to sample something different.— Nick (@Nick_SE6) August 25, 2018
Thank you, @KTHopkins , I think I'll go there sometime ! Great advertisement! 👍🙂
Imagine all of those restaurants replaced by fish and chip takeaways and cafes selling pie and mash. That's great food in its own right, but isn't is great to have so many other fabulous options? Why are the positive effects of immigration always ignored?— Steve Forde (@SteveForde99) August 26, 2018
London! Greatest city in the world and made better by immigration.— nm (@enem408) August 26, 2018
The bigot Katie Hopkins recorded a video of Edgware Road and asked “guess the country” and now loads of people are going to visit and support the local businesses many of which sell delicious food. Can she come to Green Street in Newham and record us too? It’s South Asia galore. pic.twitter.com/wZcV4FmVlz— Hasan Patel🌹 (@CorbynistaTeen) August 27, 2018