Former Mail columnist and Celebrity Big Brother housemate Katie Hopkins has enraged followers, who’ve accused her of transphobic tweets aimed at current CBB star India Willoughby.
India became a housemate last night, as part of the first ever all-female starting line-up, but Katie took issue with her inclusion, letting her feelings be known with several tweets at the time.
She retweeted several of her own comments this morning, reaffirming her stance.
“Lessons from empowering all-female #CBB line up;” she tweeted. “1) women need time on a chair before going through a door 2) Strong women are very [bleep] at finding the only door to a pretend house 3) you can chop the [bleep] off a man, but don’t end up with a woman #CBBUK”
She followed it up by tweeting “A man who castrates his penis is not a women. Just as a cat with no legs is not a slug. #CBBUK”
Her tweets caused outrage with several people responding to defend India and the transgender community.
“Point 3. Seriously. Your actually despicable. Aren’t remarks like that the reason you got sacked. For once do the decent thing and acknowledge something that’s truly remarkable,” one twitter user said.
YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf stepped in to criticise Katie – drawing attention to the disproportionately high rates of suicide in trans young people.
“I know this mean thing is your brand and all,” he tweeted, “but please think of the damage a comment like that has on young trans kids. That language is what leads to hopelessness, feelings of being ostracised & in many cases self harm & suicide. There are other ways to get attention, Katie.”
Another Twitter user stressed the need for education on gender issues: “Katie I’ve followed you for some time now and pretty much back your corner on a lot of things but I’m sorry, point 3 leaves me disappointed at your attitude towards @IndiaWilloughby @ITVborder going into the #BigBrother house. Maybe you need educated in this area before you judge”
Katie insisted she wasn’t transphobic, but undermined this claim with another transphobic comment: “I am not transphobic. Live your life how you damn well please. Just don’t ask me to call a castrated man a woman #CBBUK”
“That is the definition of transphobia,” one tweeter swiftly responded. “This whole tweet is a contradiction of itself,” said another.
India is Britain’s first transgender newsreader, and spent five years presenting as a woman before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2015.