Tuesday 17 October 2017

Pat Stacey: Forget scraping the barrel, Late Late is licking the toilet with Katie Hopkins

Katie Hokins on The Late Late Show in 2014
Katie Hokins on The Late Late Show in 2014

Pat Stacey

There’s scraping the bottom of the barrel, and then there’s licking the bottom of the toilet bowl.

The Late Late Show (RTE1, 9.35pm) is offering the unedifying sight of Ryan Tubridy, head shoved into the stinky brown water of an unflushed jacks, eagerly slurping encrusted cack from the U-bend.

Or, to put it another way, he’ll be interviewing Katie Hopkins, who’ll be sharing her thoughts, if you can call them that, on the election of Donald Trump.

I’m not going to join the predictable chorus of liberal disapproval, or the even more predictable calls for her to be dumped/banned from the show. By all means, have her on.

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Katie Hopkins has praised Donald Trump for exploiting the US tax system

We live in a democracy which permits an uncensored media and free speech — even the free speech of an odious, mad-eyed, squawking professional controversialist like Hopkins. If you don’t value those freedoms, go live somewhere else. I’m told Turkey is lovely at this time of year.

Don’t be angry with Hopkins. All you’re doing is feeding the monster. She’s as irrelevant as she is obnoxious. Everyone knows this tiresome, narcissistic hag will say anything, offend anyone, if it means another precious suck on the life-giving oxygen of publicity.

Why else would she be taking the trouble to fly from England to appear on what is, in the wider television world, a minor chat show?

Be angry with Tubridy and RTE for so lazily and cynically trying to whip up a bit of manufactured controversy. America and the world had a brutal demonstration of what that can lead to this week.

Is this really the best Irish television’s supposed flagship show come up with?

Read more: RTÉ receives almost 700 complaints about upcoming Katie Hopkins appearance on Late Late Show

Katie Hopkins' upcoming appearance on tonight's Late Late has caused some controversy

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