A petition to have Katie Hopkins sacked from The Sun after her column insulted migrants crossing the Mediterranean has attracted over 250,000 signatures.
And while that’s all well and good (anything that pisses Hopkins off is good with me), I personally feel it’s distracting people from the real issue. Granted, Katie’s column and her comments HAVE shone some extra light on the matter – but when a petition to have her sacked has garnered over double the amount of signatures than the one entitled “Stop the deaths at sea, now!”, the contrast in priorities is pretty evident.
The latter petition, started by Tareke Brahne, calls on the European Union to “restore a robust operation of search and rescue at sea” and has a fair few signatures in its own right – 110,000 at present, to be exact.
In the write up, Tareke states: “I fled from Eritrea when I was 17, escaping the military, war and a fierce dictatorship. I was desperate. Nothing could stop me, not even the fear of dying at sea. I was rejected on my first attempt and tried again.”
As for the Hopkins controversy (I’m bored of saying those two words nowadays – but here I am), she herself and Sun editor David Dinsmore have been reported to the Metropolitan Police by the chair of the Society of Black Lawyers who have claimed her and her column incited racial hatred.
And Katie has been pretty quiet on Twitter for the past 48 hours, with plenty of people saying that this could finally be the catalyst for her ‘downfall’ or ‘comeuppance’.
A variety of descriptives have been used, all largely hopeful for her to, in simpler terms, just f*ck off.