Forty-year-old Katie Hopkins stands by her comments that Kelly Clarkson is a “chunky monkey,” and says that her onslaught against the new mother was justified because there’s “no such thing as fat shaming.”
Although the British TV personality has been staunchly criticized by seemingly everyone on social media for her harsh words, she went on Access! Hollywood and said “Ultimately Kelly Clarkson is a chunky monkey.” That particular choice of words is somewhat unusual in the United States, where it is reserved lovingly for cute babies and higher-end ice cream. But Katie Hopkins thinks it applies to Kelly Clarkson — and she says she has nothing to apologize for. She also claims she’s not a bully.
“There is no such thing as fat-shaming. There is only skinny-blaming… It doesn’t hurt me if I hurt someone’s feelings. Ultimately if you put yourself out there, if you’re in the media, if you’re in the public eye, then you have to accept what comes your way.”
While it may be true that if you’re a star you are going to have criticism come your way, it is criticism that has not escaped Hopkins, who has been thoroughly trounced since her mean comments, with people on social media calling her “ugly” and “disgusting.” She seems very unaffected, and even oblivious to how hurtful the words she has said may have been not just to Kelly Clarkson, but to every new mother out there.
And of course, there’s the fact that Katie herself used to be obese. She has openly scorned obesity before, the most recent in December of 2014.
“All fat people want is an excuse. But fatties have the one thing disabled people don’t have. They have choice. Nobody’s forcing them to shovel food in their faces. The institutions keep offering excuses but what fat people need is a kick up the a**. I’m never going to make The Lancet or the British Medical Journal. But as soon as the camera goes off, doctors say, ‘You’re right. Fat people eat too much.’ [When I was fat] It was emotionally exhausting. I felt miserable, looked like crap and everybody thought I was pregnant. I was just this pathetic epileptic who looked fat and ugly and was everything I hated.”
While it’s certainly commendable that she was able to lose weight to become healthier, it seems that making nasty comments about others’ weight is not well-received and will not produce anything productive other than lots of activity on Twitter.
Readers, what do you think about Katie’s words — are they mean or motivating?