The professional provocateur found herself in a clumsy headlock with Monroe after apparently confusing her with fellow Guardian columnist Laurie Penny.
Penny made the headlines this month after appearing to defend the vandalism of a Second World War memorial, which was daubed with the words “Fuck tory scum”.
Penny tweeted: “I don’t have a problem with this. The bravery of past generations does not oblige us to be cowed today.”
I don't have a problem with this. The bravery of past generations does not oblige us to be cowed today. https://t.co/QS6Oq55n5q— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) May 9, 2015
When challenged on her viewpoint, she replied: “No, what’s disgusting is that some people are more worried about a war memorial than the destruction of the welfare state.”
No, what's disgusting is that some people are more worried about a war memorial than the destruction of the welfare state.— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) May 9, 2015
It’s not impossible to imagine Hopkins gleefully sniffing the air for trouble when she tweeted: “Scrawled on any memorials lately? Vandalised the memory of those who fought for your freedom? Grandma got any more medals?”
But rather than directing her taunt at Penny, she mistakenly sent it to Monroe.
Monroe replied: “I have NEVER ‘scrawled on a memorial’. Brother in the RAF. Dad was a Para in the Falklands. You’re a piece of shit.”
I have NEVER 'scrawled on a memorial'. Brother in the RAF. Dad was a Para in the Falklands. You're a piece of shit. https://t.co/0IGhgT5BoI— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 18, 2015
The mother-of-one followed up by politely asking Hopkins to delete the tweet, alluding to legal action and then subsequent messages requesting a public apology and a £5,000 donation to a migrant rescue mission (Last month Hopkins was the subject of a petition calling for her to be sacked as a columnist for The Sun after she likened migrants to "cockroaches" and calling for them to be turned away from British shores with force) .
I'm asking you nicely to please delete this lie Katie, and if I have to ask again it will be through my lawyer. https://t.co/0IGhgT5BoI— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 18, 2015
Hopkins duly complied with her first request – deleting the tweet but apparently unable to resist a further dig, asking: “Can someone explain to me – in 10 words or less – the difference between irritant @PennyRed (Laurie Penny) and social anthrax @MsJackMonroe?”
A presumably smarting Hopkins then took the step of blocking Monroe entirely – prompting the chef to remark: “God isn’t it good sweet justice when a poisonous bully gets shown up for what it is and runs runs runs away.”
Gin o clock. Cheers. God isn't it good sweet justice when a poisonous bully gets shown up for what it is and runs runs runs away.— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 18, 2015
Monroe then commented upon Hopkins’s reference to “social anthrax” by recalling her attendance at the BritLGBT Awards, where she claims guests deliberately moved off Hopkins’s table and a further appearance at the Channel 5 debate where: “I sat in green room with models and friends. Hopkins ran out and hid coz nobody talked to her. #socialanthrax.”
Hopkins - you've been served.
Hopkins & I both attended @BritLGBTAwards last month.
I sat at the top table.
People moved OFF her table.
Apparently I'M 'social anthrax'. 😂— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 18, 2015
Example 2: We both did Ch5 debate. I sat in green room with models & friends. Hopkins ran out & hid coz nobody talked to her. #socialanthrax— Jack Monroe (@MsJackMonroe) May 18, 2015
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