Seven under pressure to ditch Katie Hopkins

Politicians, media, petitions protest, advertisers targeted after Big Brother participant openly flouts quarantine.

Seven network has come under fire for the apparent casting of controversial UK personality Katie Hopkins in Big Brother VIP, after she took to social media admitting to flouting quarantine rules.

Advertisers are now being targeted ahead of the Olympic Games while politicians have openly called for her to be deported and a petition is in circulation at Change.org.

Officially, Seven has not confirmed her inclusion in the upcoming series from Endemol Shine Australia, but that hasn’t stopped shocked reactions to her participation.

Laughing in a now-deleted video she said: “I’ve been told when they bring three meals a day to the door, I have to wait 30 seconds before opening the door.

“And then I can open the door but only with a face mask.”

Describing her actions, she explained that she had tried to answer the door as soon as she heard somebody outside to: “Frighten the shit out of them and do it naked with no face mask.

“What I want is the sergeant in the foyer to come up and tell me off so that I can stand there naked while he tells me off.”

Hopkins was permanently suspended from Twitter in June 2020 for “violations of our hateful conduct policy” having previously been suspended for one week in January 2020. In 2018 she was detained in South Africa for allegedly spreading racial hatred.

Questions have now been raised around how she was granted a Visa to enter Australia on grounds of character.

A petition at Change.org already has over 11,000 signatures.

The incident has sparked headlines at the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, news.com.au, Daily Mail, Yahoo, The Advertiser and in UK media The Mirror, Daily Express, OK! Magazine, Metro, Scottish Herald and more.

This week Seven CEO James Warburton described a racist news headline as “inexcusable, embarrassing and clearly does not meet the expectations of our company and the values that we’ve all worked so hard on over the past 12 months.”

But some Seven staff are understood to be struggling to equate that position with the invitation to Katie Hopkins, particularly as Seven News and Sunrise have been highlighting the seriousness of the Delta variant and the difficulties of Australians to return home.

Social media also lit up over Caitlyn Jenner travelling to Australia as another expected starter for the show.

Seven declined to comment on its BB VIP cast.

Should Seven cut Katie Hopkins from Big Brother VIP?

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21 Responses

  1. There is list of Aussies waiting to come home, Aussies can’t travel overseas without special expemptions, how can she not see the privilege of her situation? At some point you have to draw the line. If she can’t respect the rules of this country she shouldn’t be employed in this country.

  2. Don’t know if this is right or wrong but I read a few days ago that they were still building the BB house in its new place. So my question is, will they still keep building it because surely it’s not classed as essential? Maybe they have finished it?

  3. So Seven apologised for a post which they stated was “a terrible mistake, unacceptable & will not be tolerated”, yet in the same week hire a nasty racist who is effectively unemployable in her own nation. She needs to be deported immediately. If not, contact every advertiser on Seven and tell them you consider their business approves of racism and will you will boycott their products until Seven cuts ties with her.

  4. I hope she gets a series of huge fines for these appalling, deliberate breaches, and loads of very probing nasal tests, until all clear… But I also hope she is not cancelled from the show, as it will be very entertaining to watch her interact and butt heads in the house, with all her appalling views.

  5. Going back to BB 2008 or Series 8, Terri Munro, self-confessed Pauline Hanson devotee was so popular that she won the series. It could be a similar casting tactic for Big Brother VIP that might create some controversy or publicity.

  6. Katie Hopkins, whom I’d never heard of until last night, seems the perfect “celebrity” for Big Brother.
    All reality shows are complete garbage so she appears to be a perfect fit.
    Viewers get what they deserve or can switch channels.

  7. How they are allowed to import ‘celebrities’ at this time is beyond me. Also what tone for the show is Seven setting when all 3 overseas celebs are so right wing.

    Surely there is enough Aussie ‘celebs’ who could be appearing on this show.

    1. While I agree that Katie Hopkins shouldn’t be on as she is a vile figure, I don’t agree with this “Right-Wing=Bad” mentality that your comment indicates.

      Yes there are the extreme controversial right figures that should be “canceled” (KH) but not everyone right leaning has those vile beliefs,

  8. What the hell were they thinking? She has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Didn’t they learn anything when 10 ditched Pete Evans from I’m a celebrity this year? And he’s nowhere near as bad as this nasty creature.

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