Sam Pepper is good at what he does. He's a money making machine, desperate to get people talking, regardless of how he does
Sadly, both Fuck0ffee and Bricklane Coffee, appear to have misunderstood the time-old saying that "any publicity is good publicity" and, in doing so, to have missed a very simple truth: If you want to stand out in London's over-saturated independent coffee market, insulting 52% of the population isn't the best way to go about it. It's bad marketing, bad PR and, worst of all? It's not even funny.
We've all heard the "if you haven't got something nice to say, don't say it" spiel. But freedom of speech is an important human entitlement and Hopkins is right to voice her thoughts. However awful, at least they give conscientious people the opportunity to undermine her with compassionate, reasoned stances.
Whether we pay them by the mouse-click, pay them by the purchase of a newspaper or pay them by the phone votes on a TV talent show, we pay them nonetheless. Whether they're providing us with loathsome viewpoints, shouting at unknown singing hopefuls or just misrepresenting evidence in order to demonise a section of the population, paid assholes seem to be everywhere.
'I am a conduit for the truth' - Katie Hopkins In a particularly bizarre Season 18 Episode of South Park, Lorde (who we find
Online retailer, CafePress has again come under fire for selling sexually explicit baby gros as well as clothing for toddlers
The story of Gammy, the young twin apparently abandoned by his parents and left in Thailand with his surrogate mother, caused almost universal outrage last week... I couldn't help but wonder at the media fury against this couple. There was something slightly hypocritical in its tone.
Now, I love tours. Don't even talk to me about those audio-guide ones, though - give me need a real, live, flesh-and-blood tour guide with a positive attitude, a wealth of knowledge and a clearance badge any day.
The organisers of an annual community event have been criticised for allowing an "offensive and insensitive" Jimmy Savile
Assisted suicide is not inherently funny. Or is it? And an intellectual disability should not to be laughed at. Or (wait for it) should it? In amongst all the talk, the outrage and conflicting views I cannot help but think, comedy should be controversial.