Katie Hopkins – On May 5 we reported on Katie Hopkin’s offensive tweets towards those with disabilities and autism, Update – Katie Hopkins causes outrage within autism community with offensive tweets. However, now she has sunk to an all time low. On Thursday night, May 14 she posted offensive tweets about a young girl with autism. Her comments were in connection to the 9-year-old girl, Honey, who was featured on the Channel 4 programme, Born Naughty?
Ms Hopkins live tweeted throughout the duration of the programme, making references that Honey was a ‘pig’ and also calling her a t**t.
“Honey can’t complete the autism assessment as she is too busy being a complete t***. But the s*** mum assessment is complete #bornnaughty,” Katie tweeted.
This is a little girl who has Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) which lies on the autism spectrum. I am disgusted with her. How anyone, but in particular a mother, could tweet such vile and offensive words towards a young child is beyond comprehension.
Her other tweets included more references to Homey, and another child who was featured in the programmne, Feo:
‘Now Honey’s mum has a label she can tell the mums of the kids Honey bites it is not her fault, So that’s OK then. #bornnaughty’
‘Honey’s mum is thrilled her daughter has pathological demand avoidance. Now a whole world of funding has opened up to her #bornnaughty’
‘We are looking at a little girl…’ Sorry, I am going to have to stop you there. That girl isn’t little #bornnaughty’
‘Feo flooded the bathroom, climbed out a window and stood naked on the roof. And still no one thought to push him off #bornnaughty’
I am very aware that she intends to shock with her words, and that she enjoys the attention that she gets for being so offensive towards people, but these comments were aimed towards children with disabilities. This is unforgivable. Where is her compassion towards these children and families? She has deeply offended me and I think that as a mother, she should be thoroughly ashamed of herself!
They have also issued a full response that can be read here.
Leading autism campaigner and ambassador for the National Autistic Society (NAS), and founder of Staffordshire Adult Autistic Society (SAAS), Kevin Healey tweeted:
“I see them has hate speech this Is not the first time she has mocked autism and ADHD, she’s gone way to far again.
Nearly 7000 people now have asked her to apologise but she refuses point blank. The autism community is outraged and so is the ADHD community too.”
Kevin’s petition that calls for Katie Hopkins to make an apology to the autism community for her offensive tweets about autism, has seen 7,000 signatures. Kevin’s Thunderclap campaign, Katie Hopkins Say Sorry! so far will reach 1,284,172 people on twitter when it goes live on Saturday May 16 at 12:00PM EDT.
One comment that I feel I have to make is about why producers of the show decided to call it Born Naughty?, as this implies that they are naughty children. This therefore gives further weight to the likes of the Ms Hopkins of this world, to make the comments that she has done. Scarily though she was not alone, many other tweeters expressed their feelings, that all these children needed was a good slap.
What I do acknowledge though is that the programme has opened up a dialogue about children with behavioral issues, and that many people who watched the programme, will now have some understanding of what PDA is.
On Monday May 11, Stella, Honey’s mother, was interviewed by Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She told that she had never heard of PDA before and that she was glad that they now have a diagnosis. That this was the start of their journey.
My thoughts are with this young girl, who has struggled so much in life and who will continue to struggle. I think of her mother, who is doing all that she can to help her daughter. So shame on you Katie Hopkins, shame on you for bullying a young child with your offensive and cruel words, from behind a computer screen. You really have hit an all time low.
The Channel 4 show that features GP Dr Dawn Harper, and Consultant Paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram, helps families with children who have severe behavioral issues.
More information about the programe can be found on the Channel 4 website. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/born-naughty