Saturday 24 February 2018

'You can’t be fat and happy’ - Katie Hopkins

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Katie Hopkins
Various at the Oxford Union, Britain - Nov 2013
Photo by ROGER@ROGERASKEWPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.U/REX (3406609p) Katie Hopkins Various at the Oxford Union, Britain - Nov 2013
Andrea Smith and Katie Hopkins at RTE after their appearance on The Late Late Show
19/09/2014. Pictured is reporter Andrea Smith at RTE's television studio before she appears on the Late Late show to challenge Kate Hopkins on weight issues. Photo: El Keegan
Katie Hopkins

Brian Byrne

Ever controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins faced a fresh onslaught of criticism after she told an Irish Independent journalist: “I don’t believe you can be fat and happy”

The infamous columnist claimed being overweight is a cop out, saying: “It’s living a lie. It’s not having the balls to cope with things, and to make a conscious effort and say, I’m going to do something about the state I’ve got myself in.”

Hopkins then turned her vitriol on Irish Independent feature writer Andrea Smith, who recently said she is indeed fat and happy about it.

Ms Smith wrote: “I am fat – actually hugely fat at 18 stone. I kind of look like an apple on legs.”

But she said her weight “rarely causes me a second thought” and proclaimed “I’m very happy with my life”.

Facing off against Hopkins on last night’s ‘The Late Late Show’, Ms Smith said: “You think that I should be ashamed of the fact that I’m fat. I think what I am actually is not ashamed - I’m not proud of being fat, I’m not ashamed of it – if I was creating the kind of unhappiness that you do with those kind of words, that would be something to be ashamed of.”

Speaking to this newspaper after the programme, Ms Smith said the interview was “hilarious” and commended the audience for taking her side.

“When I left, the audience gave me a round of applause,” she said, adding that in the green room afterwards, the pair had “basically kissed and made up”.

But she said: “Where Katie and I part company is that she has alleged that fat people are unhappy and lazy. It says a lot that she has to resort to the laziest cliche in the book when it comes to us fatties.”

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