Turning on the TV this morning, I was greeted by the sight of This Morning’s resident pantomime villain, Katie Hopkins sat on the sofa savaging Peaches Geldof.
If it’s controversial and it’s about parenting, you can bet one of your limbs that Katie will have an opinion on it in order to get the hackles rising, and the parenting forums frothing.
Kids with ‘chavvy names’, ‘ginger babies’, and today attachment parenting bashing. If you add a C and an R to AP, it’s shorthand for crAP parenting, says Katie.
All this got me thinking, how far do you go to get yourself seen and heard and your articles written or points of view aired on telly?
I find myself censoring posts, maybe taking out an occasional expletive before hitting the ‘publish’ button, or choosing not to publish some opinions which I know probably wouldn’t go down too well.
Writing them would bring in lots of traffic and I’d have a comment box full of scathing people letting me know how horrible I was being.
You only need to look at her Twitter feed to see she has a whole lot of people sending messages detailing exactly what they think of her.
Good or bad thoughts on her, you can’t deny she knows how to pull in the public, get them talking about her and trending on Twitter, and generally just boosting the ratings.
What do the public do? Rise to the bait every time. She knows what she’s doing.
So, airing unpopular opinions – worth it? Or more a case of selling your soul? What do you think?