On Thursday the MailOnline gleefully announced that Katie Hopkins will be joining its stable of columnists from 1 November.
Describing the former Sun writer as “a much sought after television personality”, the online news giant listed Hopkins’ qualities, pointing out she is a “trained economist” and a popular speaker at the Oxford Union.
In a somewhat bizarre news entry authored by “MailOnline reporter”, it also described Hopkins’ ambitions on her chat show If Katie Ruled The World as:
- Stopping thick people voting
- Sterilising mums on benefits
- Banning tattoos for the unemployed
In language reminiscent of a press release for the show, but missing those crucial quote marks, the paragraph in full reads:
Heading up her own entertainment chat show, 'If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World', Katie works with her studio audience to make the world a better place; stopping thick people voting, sterilising mums on benefits and banning tattoos for the unemployed.
It’s worth pointing out even the official press release for Hopkins’ show does not use this language, instead claiming "nothing will go unchecked as for once Katie will be surrounded by people prepared to fight back."
An air of resigned despair appears to have permeated online reaction to the news of Hopkins' big media move...
Katie Hopkins and Mail Online are a match made in heaven; ofc that's if your heaven is a swirling vortex of hatred, ignorance, greed & fear— Harry (@HJNichol) September 24, 2015
I believe this was one of the portents of the end of days wasnt it? http://t.co/rM1DMnWYq7— Charlie Mawer (@CharlieMawer) September 24, 2015
Switch off the internet. #katiehopkins has slithered into bed with Mail online— Greg O'Keeffe (@GregOK) September 24, 2015
Has there ever been a more predictable sentence than this?
"Katie Hopkins has resigned from the Sun to join Mail Online"— simon read (@simonnread) September 24, 2015