Despite having friends who do, why anyone would even claim to understand or relate to the political and social opinions of Katie Hopkins is beyond me. It’s not an exaggeration to say that her words, attitude and general approach to any social situation — in particular a publicly broadcast one — sickens me. I can’t say that I feel this anger towards the views of many people, especially those I have never met, although Piers Morgan also qualifies.

Temporarily sidelining her homophobic and elitist attitude, her fat-shaming and racism; Katie Hopkins is genuinely rude, arrogant and entirely self-indulged. Any broadcast involving her expression of political opinion will display her distasteful conceit, even when it comes to her more trivial social interactions on Celebrity Big Brother. Her perception of life, skewed by privilege, is not hard to demonstrate, particularly in interviews in which she proudly proclaims how she judges potential new friends of her children:

‘A [childs’] name is really a shortcut to working out … what class the child comes from and do I want my children to play with them’, as she stated on This Morning.

This ignorance and elitism alone demonstrates a pompous and assuming outlook. Unfortunately, this is not anything radical in comparison to other views she openly holds. Her blatant racism has reached the headlines a number of times. For instance, when she accused a Muslim family of extremism and links to al-Qaeda after they were refused entry into the US for a holiday in 2016. Unsurprisingly, it was the Mail Online who published her claim. How such views can be held by an individual with her level of media and journalistic power highlights the prominence of embedded racism and bigotry amongst political figures and the public in the West.

What is arguably more worrying is how people can be entirely aware of her views, completely disagree with them, and yet still claim that they somewhat support her projects and media strategies. An obvious case was her scheme to ‘prove that fat people are lazy, and aren’t sexy’. The fact that this as an idea alone does not disgust everyone who has encountered it seriously concerns me. A frequent defence of this harmful and offensive stance is that it is positive and effective because it bluntly and honestly faces obesity problems. I fail to express in response to this defence how far from the effective solution Katie Hopkins’ ‘proof’ was. The damage she no doubt caused to the mental health of whomever felt personally attacked by this is worrying to imagine. Who does Katie Hopkins think she is, to concern herself with the difficulties of people she has no idea about; no experience or even notion of what they might be going through? And the real confirmation of this arrogance level is the fact that she was ignorant enough to believe that gaining weight would put her in the same position as these people.

Many claim she is intelligent (both critics and admirers), but I think this latest example alone demonstrates her inability to recognise that other people might experience life even slightly differently to her — a fact displaying anything but social intelligence. Not to mention the arrogance and heartlessness someone must hold to publicly make the claim that ‘fat people are lazy and unattractive’. It is lazy of her not to attempt to understand the mental health difficulties less privileged and less fortunate people might be experiencing.

It is difficult to understand how much Katie Hopkins’ publicly-expressed opinion is an attempt at gaining media attention, and how much is a product of the toxic mix of her white privilege, inability to empathise with people, and general misunderstanding of political communication. Either way, it takes an unfortunately high level of excessive self-pride, carelessness and pessimism to be that shallow and cruel.