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Sunday, 18 January 2015

On Katie Hopkins' "My Fat Story"

Recently, Katie Hopkins has become more visible to the public eye. Since her appearance in the British television programme The Apprentice, she has popped up in the media on numerous occasions due to her risen fame and 'talent': offending people. She released her own television documentary regarding overweightness and some of her observations can genuinely persuade viewers to think in her way.
“Life is much easier when you’re thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look." - Hopkins
This programme consisted of Hopkins excessively eating until she gained three stone,  then proving to the public just how 'easy' it is to lose weight.
Firstly, this was incredibly dangerous; changing eating patterns this drastically could cause numerous health issues. Doctors told her that this plan was "ill-advised", though she still persisted.
Within her documentary she also exclaims:
"I hate fat people for making me do this..."
Her main concept of 'eating too much and not moving enough' is an acceptable opinion to have but, as per usual, she takes this strong view and goes completely out of line. It is not okay to make a part of this population feel not only self-conscious, but also guilty for the way that they look. She claims that she would never hire a fat person to work for her. In America, she sobbed at the sight of overweight children.
Momentarily, she felt sympathy for an overweight woman that she met, but no sooner did she return to her original views; "This doesn't make me like fat people more. I hold them responsible for this."

This post is not one where I spend the entire time rambling on about my views on Katie Hopkins. This is delivering a message of kindness and consideration. Through personal experience, I can say that this documentary offends me; not because of her values, purely because Hopkins does not consider the emotional impact of being overweight. She does not she seem capable of understanding human emotion and just expresses her opinions in her own way - strongly and hurtfully.

So the message I would like you to take away from this post is to stop and think about the way you voice your opinions, to consider how other people may feel or react, and fundamentally be a decent human being.

But do remember to speak up, and speak now. If you see somebody projecting ideas which are offensive, unkind or even if you alone disagree, you should not hesitate to stop them and try to show them the other side of the coin.

-LF, LR and MG