The petition to have Katie Hopkins fired from her job as a columnist for The Sun has passed 60,000 signatures.
The backlash is in response to an article she penned in which she describes migrants as "cockroaches" and insists boats making their way from Africa should be turned back with force.
Hopkins continued to defend her comments on Sunday morning during a guest slot on LBC Radio, despite the news that up to 700 migrants are feared dead after a boat capsized in the Mediterranean.
She said: "Why do we take one everyone else's problems? We can't afford to take on these problems. We need to push these boats back.
"And we should make a huge bonfire from these boats so they can't be used again. If we rescue boats we are perpetuating the problem."
The online petition currently stands at 63,000 signatures and is rising rapidly.
Izzy Saunders who started the petition said: "It's deeply depressing that Katie Hopkins is using such a powerful platform to spread poison about immigrants, but I started this petition because I believe most people in the UK disagree with these extreme views.
"Our response to the tragedy in the Mediterranean should be to send lifeboats not gunboats."
Headlined 'Rescue boats? I’d use gunships to stop migrants' the comment piece includes lines such as:
NO, I don’t care. Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad.
I still don’t care.
Make no mistake, these migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit “Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984”, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb. They are survivors.
It’s time to get Australian. Bring on the gunships, force migrants back to their shores and burn the boats.April 18, 2015
Having read her latest article, it’s hard to think of anything left for Katie Hopkins to do now, other than to just kill some people.— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) April 18, 2015
I know we’re supposed to ignore Katie Hopkins. But The Sun have published what reads like a neo-Nazi rant pic.twitter.com/lbV7CQS8xP— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) April 18, 2015
Yes, we’re responding how she wants us to. But we can’t live in a country where a newspaper printing a Nazi-like rant is met with silence— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) April 18, 2015
Why do people rise to the Katie Hopkins debate. The more you froth about her, the better you drive her career. That's how it works. Doh— Giles Dilnot (@reporterboy) April 18, 2015
.@KTHopkins to write about immigrants so hatefully you cannot love yourself. Come back to humanity, you must be shattered.— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) April 17, 2015
Re giving Katie Hopkins publicity: The "don't feed the troll" stance is irrelevant when the troll is being published by a national newspaper— Jonathan Haynes (@JonathanHaynes) April 18, 2015
Getting wound up by Katie Hopkins latest attention seeking rant pointless. Want a better world? Focus on & share #RestartTheRescue tag!— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) April 18, 2015
If you find what Katie Hopkins says evil - like I do - don't try to shut down her free speech. Use yours to show why she's wrong #FreeSpeech— Johann Hari (@johannhari101) April 18, 2015
(Btw, every time someone sends an angry tweet about Katie Hopkins, she and the Sun GROW STRONGER. Ignore her, and she withers away.)— Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) April 18, 2015
Please tell us @StigAbell how you justify Katie Hopkins Nazi article in your paper yesterday? Please.— Denise Welch (@RealDeniseWelch) April 18, 2015
At this point it wouldn't surprise me if in Katie Hopkins' next column she demanded compulsory abortions for refugees she'd perform herself— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) April 18, 2015
The way that I am responding to Katie Hopkins is superior to the way you are responding to Katie Hopkins.— Keri (@kerihw) April 18, 2015
I'm usually pretty jaded but I genuinely found that Katie Hopkins piece in the Sun shocking.— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) April 18, 2015
I've just done the most terrible thing it's possible to do to Katie Hopkins. I've unfollowed her.— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) April 18, 2015
Katie Hopkins saying that she would use gunships to stop migrants is truly appalling... https://t.co/OIlLwz7oxn— Diane Abbott (@HackneyAbbott) April 17, 2015
Then again, if you support not funding rescue efforts to discourage ppl from coming, you may as well support hunting them in the water too.— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) April 18, 2015
Rather than getting wound up about Katie Hopkins, why not put that energy to better use and lobby the government to accept more refugees.— James Bloodworth (@J_Bloodworth) April 18, 2015
Hello, might I request that we stop allowing this Katie Hopkins character to contribute in any way whatsoever to public discourse?— Kate Leaver (@kateileaver) April 18, 2015
Leaving sunny Folkestone + not a sign of the 'plague of feral humans clambering onto lorries' that Katie Hopkins so despicably writes about— Kate Robbins (@KateRobbins) April 18, 2015
When Britain's most offensive social commentator Katie Hopkins endorses our treatment of migrants? Be ashamed. http://t.co/gS6cM1Bxe6— Mia Freedman (@MiaFreedman) April 18, 2015
But Hopkins remains unperturbed...
New followers, you missed the memo. I cannot be offended. It is what makes me a powerful woman. Try harder.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) April 18, 2015
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