Katie Hopkins has defended calling migrants a “plague of feral humans” amid criticism from UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.
Al Hussein referred to a “vicious verbal assault on migrants and asylum seekers” in criticising Hopkins’s recent column in The Sun about migration in Europe.
Shock-columnist Hopkins has also been condemned by many on social media for comparing European immigration to “a norovirus”, and writing: “Show me pictures of coffins, show me bodies floating in water, play violins and show me skinny people looking sad. I still don’t care.”
Speaking to Digital Spy and others at the British LGBT Awards tonight (April 24), Hopkins was dismissive of Al Hussein’s words.
“Well I think if the UN is now criticising me then clearly we’ve achieved world peace,” she said. “There’s obviously nothing else going on and no other issues the UN should be dealing with.
“My column in The Sun is obviously the biggest priority for the UN right now, which is reassuring… not.”
Hopkins was also asked about being the subject of police inquiries over some of her most controversial public remarks.
“I think the police have always worked on the basis that anything new I say is always a little bit controversial,” she explained. “I get used to having calls from the police and I’ve become slightly more professional at dealing with those enquiries.”
The media personality added: “Ultimately I think that freedom of speech is really important and I like to think I defend the freedom of speech. It’s unusual for a woman to be in my position and I will not allow the walls to close in.
“The list of things we can’t say is now much longer than the list of things we can, and if it takes me to stand up for that freedom of speech then I think that’s a very important thing.”
Hopkins made headlines last month for mocking chart-topping singer Kelly Clarkson’s weight in a series of Twitter messages.
The British LGBT Awards are being held tonight at The Landmark Hotel in London.
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