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.
My media release on the appalling decisions of the Morrison government to let right-wing troll Katie Hopkins into the country.
This should never have happened, and now her behaviour is putting people at risk.
Mr Morrison must take responsibility – and fix this now. pic.twitter.com/jp6Um2NviE
— Andrew Giles MP (@andrewjgiles) July 17, 2021
— Josh Burns (@joshburnsmp) July 17, 2021
Katie Hopkins boasted on Twitter how she was flouting our quarantine laws. Putting people’s lives at risk. For that alone, she should be deported immediately.
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) July 17, 2021
What on earth was #HomeAffairs thinking in granting a prized entry visa to a foreign racist? And surely a TV network is not so craven in its search for publicity at any cost to grovel quite so low..
— Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) July 17, 2021
Hey ScoMo, no time like the present for good PR!
Time to send Katie Hopkins on her way and allow an Australian to come home @ScottMorrisonMP
— Alicia Loxley (@alicialoxley) July 17, 2021
For those back home wondering, Katie Hopkins no longer appears on British TV, due to her long history of bigoted remarks. She is (rightly) considered toxic here. If an Australian channel has really arranged for her to appear on their show, that is genuinely shocking.
— Ben Lewis (@benlewismedia) July 17, 2021
How did Katie Hopkins get a visa AT ALL to come to Australia? Let along poor Australians trapped overseas who can't get back … the woman and her views are not welcome here. It's not being woke or about being cancelled. She is dangerous. Serious questions need to be asked.
— Luke Dennehy (@LukeDennehy) July 17, 2021
Trouble is, Ch7 and the producers of this Big Brother shit show will be thrilled to bits by the Katie Hopkins uproar. It’s priceless free publicity. We need to get Hopkins deported.
— Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) July 17, 2021
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.